Clarissa Pinkola Estes Quotes About Love, Creativity, Courage, Wolves, Mother, Life & Success! Writer and Jungian psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estés is a first-generation American writer. The book she wrote in 1992, Women Who Run with the Wolves, was a New York Times bestseller for 145 weeks and has now sold over two million copies worldwide. On January 27, 1945, she was born in Gary, Indiana.
She received her Ph.D. in ethno-clinical psychology from Union Institute & University In 1981 for her work on cultural and tribal groups’ social and psychological patterns. She is a prolific author who focuses on the inner journey of the human spirit. In the 1960s, Estés started her career at the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital in Hines, Illinois. To help those who had served in World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, she worked at a quadruple amputee rehabilitation center in New York City.
Previously, she has worked at various clinics caring for critically damaged children and the families of shell-shocked war veterans and their families. Estés sat on the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Maya Angelou Minority Health Foundation board. To ensure the safety of mental health workers in Colorado, she was chosen as chair and worked with the state’s Attorney General’s office and a board of legal experts and mental health professionals for thirteen years to this end.
For TheModeratevoice.com, Estés serves as managing editor. Publishers Weekly, Huffington Post, and The Denver Observer have published her articles. Estés’ Guadalupe Foundation has given money to literacy programs. Estés has been awarded the President’s Medal for Social Justice by the United States government.
Best Clarissa Pinkola Estes Quotes
1. “To love means to embrace and at the same time to withstand many endings, and many many beginnings- all in the same relationship.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
2. “I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and you laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
3. “The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul-place.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
4. “When a creature is exposed to violence, it will tend to adapt to that disturbance, so that when the violence ceases or the creature is allowed its freedom, the healthy instinct to flee is hugely diminished, and the creature stays put instead.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
5. “A runner is real when she takes the first step.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
6. “Asking the proper questions is the central action of transformation. Questions are the key that causes the secret doors of the psyche to swing open.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
7. “Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
8. “Stories are medicine. They have such power; they do not require that we do, be, act anything – we need only listen.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
9. “It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What’s needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take ‘everyone on Earth’ to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
10. “we all begin the process before we are ready, before we are strong enough, before we know enough; we begin a dialogue with thoughts and feelings that both tickle and thunder within us. We respond before we know how to speak the language, before we know all the answers, and before we know exactly to whom we are speaking.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
11. “To be poor and be without trees, is to be the most starved human being in the world. To be poor and have trees, is to be completely rich in ways that money can never buy.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
12. “Suppose… the body is a God in its own right, a teacher, a mentor, a certified guide? Then what? …. Are we strong enough to refute the party line and listen deep, listen true to the body as a powerful and holy being?”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
13. “Tell the truth about your wound, and then you will get a truthful picture of the remedy to apply to it. Don’t pack whatever is easiest or most available into the emptiness. Hold out for the right medicine. You will recognize it because it makes your life stronger rather than weaker.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
14. “Anything you do from the soulful self will help lighten the burdens of the world. Anything. You have no idea what the smallest word, the tiniest generosity, can cause to be set in motion…Mend the part of the world that is within your reach.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
15. “Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
16. “One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
17. “Art is not meant to be created in stolen moments only.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
18. “The body is like the earth … as vulnerable to overbuilding, being carved into parcels, cut off, overmined, and shorn of its power as any landscape.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
19. “Artfulness is not simple entertainment, especially during upheaval, unleashing creative life is sacred duty.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
20. “A woman who is starved for her real soul-life may look ‘cleaned up and combed’ on the outside, but on the inside she is filled with dozens of pleading hands and empty mouths.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes