One of my favorite guests to work with on TED Radio Hour is writer Andrew Solomon. His tremendous TED talk on how the worst moments of our lives make us who we are gets me teary each time. These are my favorite quotes. Here's our @npr segment with him:
  1. "You need to take the traumas and make them part of who you've come to be and you need to fold the worst events of your life into a narrative of triumph, evincing a better self in response to things that hurt."
  2. "All of us with stigmatized identities faced this question daily - how much to accommodate society by constraining ourselves, and how much to break the limits of what constitutes a valid life? Forging meaning and building identity does not make what was wrong right, it only makes what was wrong precious."
  3. "Those earlier experiences were what had propelled me to this moment and I was finally unconditionally grateful for a life I had once would've done anything to change."
  4. " We cannot bear a pointless torment, but we can endure great pain if we believe that it's purposeful. Ease makes less of an impression on us than struggle. We could have been ourselves without our delights, but not without the misfortunes that drive our search for meaning."