Erik Erikson’s Final Developmental Stage
Integrity versus Despair: The main developmental task is accepting life as it is, without desire to change the past or change others. When this stage is mastered, the individual acquires the wisdom necessary to face the inevitability of death with equanimity and without dread.
"Hemingway came to his famous “plain” style, I believe, through his compulsion to say about certain objects—only this is real, this is real, and my emotion connects them."
Alfred Kazin, afterword to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
"There are days that I cannot find the sun even though its right outside my goddamn window"
"But I tried, didn’t I? Goddamnit, at least I did that."
Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
"Everything in the world is exactly the same."
"To be a sage, by definition, is neither to aspire to wisdom or seek the condition of being a sage, but simply to live wisely, contentedly and as freely as possible, having finally overcome the fears sparked in us by our own finiteness."
Luc Ferry, A Brief History of Thought
"I can understand the hesitation of my generation, indeed it is no longer mere hesitation; it is the thousandth forgetting of a dream dreamt a thousand times and forgotten a thousand times; and who can damn us merely for forgetting for the thousandth time?"
Franz Kafka, Investigations of a Dog
"The need to go astray, to be destroyed, is an extremely private, distant, passionate, turbulent truth."