Robert Bly

-The most powerful enemies of men’s openness are the corporate men. Three or four years ago there were hundreds of posters in New York one spring saying, “You don’t need to beat a drum or hug a tree to be a man.” At the bottom: “Dewar’s Whiskey.” The corporate world dares to say to young men, knowing how much young men want to be men, that the only requirement for manhood is to become an alcoholic. That’s disgusting. It’s a tiny indication of the ammunition aimed at men who try to learn to talk or to feel.

-I know a lot of men who are healthier at age fifty than they have ever been before, because a lot of their fear is gone

-By the time a man is 35 he knows that the images of the right man, the tough man, the true man which he received in high school do not work in life.

-When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching.

-It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions.
Robert Bly