Thursday, November 01, 2007

Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison Quote

"I long ago abandoned the notion of a life without storms, or a world without dry and killing seasons. Life is too complicated, too constantly changing, to be anything but what it is. And I am, by nature, too mercurial to be anything but deeply wary of the grave unnaturalness involved in any attempt to exert too much control over essentially uncontrollable forces. There will always be propelling, disturbing elements, and they will be there until, as Lowell put it, the watch is taken from the wrist. It is, at the end of the day, the individual moments of restlessness, of bleakness, of strong persuasions and maddened enthusiasms, that inform one's life, change the nature and direction of one's work, and give final meaning and color to one's loves and friendships."

- Kay Redfield Jamison


Kay Redfield Jamison:
on NPR
Charlie Rose interview


Recommended reading by Kay Jamison

An Unquiet Mind
Exuberance: The Passion for Life
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide

1 comment:

Harveymilk said...

Hi Zoe, dear,

I loved this quote-- great stuff. And it was lovely to see you at the Nutter rally yesterday.

love, Chris Bartlett