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I'm not the only person who thinks highly of Paul. Here are some of the things that his friends and students have had to say about the man. Clicking on each name will take you to a complete interview from which the quote was taken. (These interviews were originally published in my 1990 book, We Knew Paul. In addition to being his friend, Edith Nash and Walter Ross are Paul's sister and brother.)


The thing that strikes me most about Paul was his overwhelming simplicity in life as in his understandings, getting down to that which is most simple, most basic in some way. I was overstimulated by this simplicity.


We can live up to what he stood for by being as true to ourselves as we can be. And having as much integrity and honesty as we can at any given moment. Having the intention of serving ourselves and the people around us with our greatest openness. You know, sometimes we do that by saying we need help.


It's very evident to me how a greater understanding of truth and right are needed in the world. I think Paul stood for sanity, and the world needs it.


I think a lot of cynics in society and doomsayers just say, "Oh, society is useless, let's blow it up. It's not worth saving." But that's not what Paul saw about people. He saw their beauty and he saw their goodness and he saw that they wanted something better in their life, the majority of them. That's what's so wonderful about working with this material.


None of us will probably be here to see this millennium of psychological maturity, but I'm sure it's going to happen. It started in the mind of one person, and it took his lifetime in order to get it out in some form that could be useful or communicated or demonstrated to others. Now it's in the mind of maybe twenty other people who are trying to use it in various ways to get it out to the people they're involved with. That's the way any great system of thinking evolves.


Rather than the conventional world being so big all around you and you being like this tiny little thing trying to protect yourself from it, he showed me the conventional world is like this tiny little thing and you are way out there, like all over the place. And the creative world you're in and the creative way of looking at life and looking at people, it's like it's bigger than the conventional. You're beyond it, you're free of it.


Paul had by far the most expanded intellect of any of the children in the family. I think that he also identified so closely with my mother and wanted to be the manager of everything -- the role that she had -- to such an extreme extent. And I think that this added to his difficulty, but I think it also added to his ambition.


For myself, Paul's science has been a liberating influence, changing the way I view the human scene. It has brought the harmony of understanding in place of the disharmony of half-knowledge. It illuminates the truly consequential matters of living through a process of magnificent discovery.


Paul just took off like a bat out of hell when the Center started. This was a dream come true for him, wasn't it? He was just the most alive guy around. All these new ideas kept churning faster than he could write them down. There was that energy, that intensity -- in poetic terms that magic -- that was happening. The real power of it was happening right before our eyes. There was just this splendid event. It was like Camelot in the making. It had that romance to it, that adventure to it, that excitement, that energy, that power.


I don't clearly recall what Paul had to say, but I clearly recall that he addressed me directly at one point without knowing my name. . . . Well, by the time I left I realized I was dealing with a whole different level of civilization than I had ever, ever dealt with anywhere.


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