I must learn to love the fool in me, the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity, but for my fool.

Theodore Isaac Rubin (b. 1923) American psychiatrist and author
Love Me, Love My Fool (1976)

Sometimes quoted in the second person.
Added on 10-May-21 | Last updated 10-May-21
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