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Sigmund Freud
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Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past. Sigmund Freud
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That which we can't remember, we will repeat. Sigmund Freud
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Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. Sigmund Freud
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public self is a conditioned construct of the inner psychological self. Sigmund Freud
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One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be 'happy' is not included in the plan of Creation.' . . . We are so made that we can derive intense enjoyment only from a contrast and very little from a state of things. Sigmund Freud
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Poets are masters of us ordinary men, in knowledge of the mind, because they drink at streams which we have not yet made accessible to science. Sigmund Freud
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All giving is asking, and all asking is an asking for love. Sigmund Freud
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Maturity is the ability to postpone gratification. Sigmund Freud
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Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind. Why this has to happen, we do not know; the work of Eros is precisely this. Sigmund Freud
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The primitive stages can always be re-established; the primitive mind is, in the fullest meaning of the word, imperishable. Sigmund Freud
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America is a mistake, admittedly a gigantic mistake, but a mistake nevertheless. Sigmund Freud
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He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore. Sigmund Freud
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Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent. Sigmund Freud
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A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity. Sigmund Freud
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I think that it is a good plan to bear in mind that people were in the habit of dreaming before there was such a thing as psychoanalysis. Sigmund Freud
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Once again, only religion can answer the question of the purpose of life. One can hardly be wrong in concluding that the idea of life having a purpose stands and falls with the religious system. Sigmund Freud
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It is no wonder if, under the pressure of these possibilities of suffering, men are accustomed to moderate their claims to happiness - just as the pleasure principle itself, indeed, under the influence of the external world, changed into the more modest reality principle -, if a man thinks himself happy merely to have escaped unhappiness or to have survived his suffering, and if in general the task of avoiding suffering pushes that of obtaining pleasure into the background. Sigmund Freud
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The division of the psychical into what is conscious and what is unconscious is the fundamental premise of psycho-analysis; and it alone makes it possible for psycho-analysis to understand the pathological processes in mental life, which are as common as they are important, and to find a place for them in the framework of science. Sigmund Freud
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When it happens that a person has to give up a sexual object, there quite often ensues an alteration of his ego which can only be described as a setting up of the object inside the ego, as it occurs in melancholia; the exact nature of this substitution is as yet unknown to us. Sigmund Freud
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The facts which have caused us to believe in the dominance of the pleasure principle in mental life also find expression in the hypothesis that the mental apparatus endeavours to keep the quantity of excitation present in it as low as possible or at least to keep it constant. Sigmund Freud
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We must love or we grow ill. Sigmund Freud
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The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization, though then, it is true, it had for the most part no value, since the individual was scarcely in a position to defend it. The development of civilization imposes restrictions on it, and justice demands that no one shall escape those restrictions. Sigmund Freud
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The Devil would be the best way out as an excuse for God; in that way he would be playing the same part as an agent of economic discharge as the Jew does in the world of the Aryan ideal. But even so, one can hold God responsible for the existence of the Devil just as well as for the existence of the wickedness which the Devil embodies. Sigmund Freud
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Plaque was placed on 6 May 1977 at Bellevue (a house on the slopes of the Wienerwald) where the Freud family spent their summers. Sigmund Freud
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Words have a magical power. They can either bring the greatest happiness or the deepest despair. Sigmund Freud
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Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no degradation; it cannot be classified as an illness; we consider it to be a variation of the sexual function, produced by a certain arrest of sexual development.... It is a great injustice to persecute homosexuality as a crime-and a cruelty, too. Sigmund Freud
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Where the questions of religion are concerned people are guilty of every possible kind of insincerity and intellectual misdemeanor. Sigmund Freud
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Neither in my private life nor in my writings, have I ever made a secret of being an out-and-out unbeliever. Sigmund Freud
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When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life. Sigmund Freud
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We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its love. Sigmund Freud
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We have seen that hysterical symptoms immediately and permanently disappeared when we had succeeded in bringing clearly to light the memory of the event by which they were provoked and in arousing their accompanying affect, and when the patient had described that event in the greatest possible detail and had put the affect into words.... Hysterics suffer mainly from reminiscences. Sigmund Freud
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Adolescent stage in the development of the human race from which humanity should free itself. Sigmund Freud
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The meager satisfaction that man can extract from reality leaves him starving. Sigmund Freud
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The madman is a dreamer awake Sigmund Freud
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My boy! Smoking is one of the greatest and cheapest enjoyments in life, and if you decide in advance not to smoke, i can only feel sorry for you. Sigmund Freud
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One must not be mean with the affections; what is spent of the fund is renewed in the spending itself. Sigmund Freud
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In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed by the deep inner needs of our nature. Sigmund Freud
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When a man has once brought himself to accept uncritically all the absurdities that religious doctrines put before him and even to overlook the contradictions between them, we need not be greatly suprised at the weakness of his intellect. Sigmund Freud
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It might be said of psychoanalysis that if you give it your little finger it will soon have your whole hand. Sigmund Freud
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My psychoanalysis has equipped you with the equivalent of a train ticket to recovery. It is now your decision whether or not you choose to make full use of it. Sigmund Freud
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Humor is a means of obtaining pleasure in spite of the distressing effects that interface with it. Sigmund Freud
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In so doing, the idea forces itself upon him that religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis, and he is optimistic enough to suppose that mankind will surmount this neurotic phase, just as so many children grow out of their similar neurosis. Sigmund Freud
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By abolishing private property one takes away the human love of aggression. Sigmund Freud
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A transference neurosis corresponds to a conflict between ego and id, a narcissistic neurosis corresponds to that between between ego and super-ego, and a psychosis to that between ego and outer world. Sigmund Freud
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Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate. Sigmund Freud
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One thing only do I know for certain and that is that man's judgments of value follow directly his wishes for happiness-that, accordingly, they are an attempt to support his illusions with arguments. [p.111] Sigmund Freud
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Where questions of religion are concerned, people are guilty of every possible sort of dishonesty and intellectual misdemeanor. Sigmund Freud
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Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another. Sigmund Freud
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Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone. Sigmund Freud
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If youth knew; if age could. Sigmund Freud
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Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to talking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young. Sigmund Freud
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The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is 'What does a woman want?' Sigmund Freud
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The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises. Sigmund Freud
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The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture. Sigmund Freud
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The analytic psychotherapist thus has a threefold battle to wage - in his own mind against the forces which seek to drag him down from the analytic level; outside the analysis, against opponents who dispute the importance he attaches to the sexual instinctual forces and hinder him from making use of them in his scientific technique; and inside the analysis, against his patients, who at first behave like opponents but later on reveal the overvaluation of sexual life which dominates them, and who try to make him captive to their socially untamed passion. Sigmund Freud
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These patients have turned away from outer reality; it is for this reason that they are more aware than we of inner reality and can reveal to us things which without them would remain impenetrable. Sigmund Freud
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We have become convinced that it is better to avoid such symbolic disguisings of the truth in what we tell children and not to withhold from them a knowledge of the true state of affairs commensurate with their intellectual level. Sigmund Freud
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Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student; words enable the orator to sway his audience and dictate its decisions. Words are capable of arousing the strongest emotions and prompting all men's actions. Sigmund Freud
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Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. Sigmund Freud
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The dream is the liberation of the spirit from the pressure of external nature, a detachment of the soul from the fetters of matter. Sigmund Freud
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Opposition is not necessarily enmity. Sigmund Freud
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Religion originates in the child's and young mankind's fears and need for help. It cannot be otherwise. Sigmund Freud
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Thinking in pictures is, therefore, only a very incomplete form of becoming conscious. In some way, too, it stands nearer to unconscious processes than does thinking in words, and it is unquestionably older than the latter both ontogenetically and phylogenetically. Sigmund Freud
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But the repressed merges into the id as well, and is merely a part of it. The repressed is only cut off sharply from the ego by the resistances of repression; it can communicate with the ego through the id. Sigmund Freud
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The ego is first and foremost a bodily ego; it is not merely a surface entity, but is itself the projection of a surface. If we wish to find an anatomical analogy for it we can best identify it with the 'cortical homunculus' of the anatomists, which stands on its head in the cortex, sticks up its heels, faces Sigmund Freud
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In the theory of psycho-analysis we have no hesitation in assuming that the course taken by mental events is automatically regulated by the pleasure principle. We believe, that is to say, that the course of those events is invariably set in motion by an unpleasurable tension, and that it takes a direction such that its final outcome coincides with a lowering of that tension that is, with an avoidance of unpleasure or a production of pleasure. Sigmund Freud
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I am not aware, however, that patients suffering from traumatic neurosis are much occupied in their waking lives with memories of their accident. Perhaps they are more concerned with not thinking of it. Sigmund Freud
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In almost every place where we find totems we also find a law against persons of the same totem having sexual relations with one another and consequently against their marrying. This, then, is 'exogamy', an institution related to totemism. Sigmund Freud
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The only person with whom you have to compare ourselves, is that you in the past. And the only per-son better you should be, this is who you are now. Sigmund Freud
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A man like me cannot live without a hobby-horse, a consuming passion - in Schiller's words a tyrant. I have found my tyrant, and in his service I know no limits. My tyrant is psychology. It has always been my distant, beckoning goal and now since I have hit upon the neuroses, it has come so much the nearer. Sigmund Freud
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