Dr. Joyce Brothers' Words of Wisdom

Dr. Joyce Brothers died May 13, 2013, after 55 years as America's pre-eminent media psychologist. Unlike some pop psychologists, Brothers was fully licensed with a doctorate in psychology from Columbia University. She combined the expertise of a trained professional with a gentle, appealing delivery and the knowledge of how to use her medium to its fullest effect. Brothers frequently appeared on late-night talk shows and in guest roles on television programs and films. She worked to make psychology available and helpful to more Americans, and to empower her audiences. In her memory, we bring you some of her wisest words.

"I don’t give advice. I can’t tell anybody what to do. Instead I say this is what we know about this problem at this time. And here are the consequences of these actions."

American Way (1979)

"Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success." 

–From The Pocket Philosopher/Psychologist (2004)

"Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery." 

–From Wisdom for the Soul (2006)

"When you come right down to it, the secret of having it all is loving it all." 

–From Anything Is Possible: Humor and Wisdom for Success and Prosperity (1997)

"No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive." 

–From Succeeding Sane: Making Room for Joy in a Crazy World (1998)

"We control 50 percent of a relationship. We influence 100 percent of it." 

–From Letting Go of Debt : Growing Richer One Day at a Time (2000)

"Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three meals a day, sharing the workload and remembering to carry out the trash."

–From "When Your Husband's Affection Cools," Good Housekeeping (May 1972)

"In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by pressing the limits do you ever find them." 

–From Say It Right : A Guide To Effective Oral Business Presentations (1994)

"If Shakespeare had to go on an author tour to promote Romeo and Juliet, he never would have written Macbeth." 

–From The Shakespeare Book of Lists (2001)

"When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses." 

–From Three Hundred and Twenty-Five Prompts for Personal Journals (1995)

"Before your dreams can come true, you have to have those dreams." 

–From Bursting at the Seams (2004)

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