Beyond Recovery

A collection of articles, artwork and information by Merseysiders on recovery in mental health


Saint Augustine

‘Salvator ambulado’

(It is solved by walking around)



Francis Bacon

‘Nam ipsa scientia potestas est’.

(‘Knowledge Is Power’)



Carl Gustav Jung

‘Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes’.
‘The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed’.
‘Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves’.



R D Laing

(The Politics of Experience)

‘If the human race survives, future men will, I suspect, look back on our enlightened epoch as a veritable age of Darkness. They will presumably be able to savor the irony of the situation with more amusement than we can extract from it. The laugh’s on us. They will see that what we call ‘schizophrenia’ was one of the forms in which, often through quite ordinary people, the light began to break through the cracks in our all-too-closed minds’.



R D Laing

(The Divided Self)

‘Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair’.



R D Laing

‘Psychiatry has many functions……..It is the only branch of medicine that treats people physically in the absence of any known physical pathology.  It is the only branch of medicine that “treats” conduct, alone, in the absence of symptoms and signs of illness of the usual kind.  It is the only branch of medicine that treats people against their will, in any way it likes, if it deems it is necessary.  It is the only branch of medicine that imprisons patients, if judged necessary’.



John Milton

‘The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heav’n of hell, a hell of heav’n’.



Oscar Wilde

‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars’.



Immanuel Kant

‘Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made’.



Winston Churchill

‘If you’re going through Hell, keep going’.




(Diary Of A Writer)

‘It is not by confining one’s neighbour that one is convinced of one’s own sanity’.




(The Aeneid)

‘Facilis descensus Averno: Noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis; sed revocare gradum superasque evadere ad auras, Hoc opus, hic labor est’.

(‘The descent to the Underworld is easy.  Night and day the gates of shadowy Death stand open wide, but to retrace your steps, to climb back to the upper air – there the struggle, there the labour lies’.)



William Blake

(Proverbs of Hell)

‘The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom’.



Sadhak Anshit

‘Being on a spiritual path does not prevent you from facing times of darkness, but it teaches you how to use the darkness as a tool to grow’.



Deepak Chopra

‘What keeps life constantly fascinating is the creativity of the soul’.



Edmund Hillary

‘It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves’.



Richard Nixon

‘And as I leave, let me say, that is an example I think all of us should remember.  We think sometimes when things happen that don’t go the right way […] we think that when someone dear to us dies, we think that when we lose an election, we think that when we suffer a defeat that all is ended.  We think, as Theodore Roosevelt said, that the light had left his life forever.  Not true.  It is only a beginning, always.  The young must know it; the old must know it.  It must always sustain us, because the greatness comes not when things go always good for you, but the greatness comes and you are really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes, because only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain’. 



Louisa Hay

‘I am surrounded by love.  All is well’. 



Arthur Schopenhauer

‘We forfeit three quarters of ourselves to be like other people’.



Alan Watts

‘By replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity we open ourselves up to an infinite stream of possibility.  We can let fear rule our lives or we can become childlike with curiosity, pushing our boundaries, leaping out of our comfort zones, and accepting what life puts before us’.



Frida Kahlo

‘I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you’.



J. G. Ballard


‘Psychiatry might be the last refuge of the bully’.



Lewis Carroll

(Alice In Wonderland)

‘You’re entirely bonkers.  But I’ll tell you a secret.  All the best people are’.



Bob Dylan

‘It’s not about money.  If a man gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and does what he wants in between, then he is a success.’




‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’



Henry Longfellow

‘Into each life some rain must fall’.




‘Let whatever you do today be enough’.



Joseph Campbell

‘The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight’.



Hunter S. Thompson

(Ancient Gonzo Wisdom – Interviews. p.267 The Paris Review Autumn 2000)

‘The only difference between the sane and the insane is that the sane have the power to lock up the insane.  Either you function or you don’t’.


(Ancient Gonzo Wisdom – Interviews p.368 Spring 2004)

‘If you’re paid for being crazy, then you’re not crazy’.



John Perceval

‘The Spirit speaks poetically but the man understands it literally’.



Albert Einstein

‘Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value’.

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