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Sigmund Freud
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Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past. Sigmund Freud

That which we can't remember, we will repeat. Sigmund Freud

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. Sigmund Freud

Neither in my private life nor in my writings, have I ever made a secret of being an out-and-out unbeliever. Sigmund Freud

When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life. Sigmund Freud

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

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

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

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

Words have a magical power. They can either bring the greatest happiness or the deepest despair. Sigmund Freud

public self is a conditioned construct of the inner psychological self. Sigmund Freud

Maturity is the ability to postpone gratification. Sigmund Freud

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

The primitive stages can always be re-established; the primitive mind is, in the fullest meaning of the word, imperishable. Sigmund Freud

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We must love or we grow ill. Sigmund Freud

Adolescent stage in the development of the human race from which humanity should free itself. Sigmund Freud

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

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

Where the questions of religion are concerned people are guilty of every possible kind of insincerity and intellectual misdemeanor. Sigmund Freud

A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity. Sigmund Freud

America is a mistake, admittedly a gigantic mistake, but a mistake nevertheless. Sigmund Freud

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

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

All giving is asking, and all asking is an asking for love. Sigmund Freud

The whole thing [religion] is so patently infantile, so foreign to reality, that to anyone with a friendly attitude to humanity it is painful to think that the great majority of mortals will never be able to rise above this view of life. Sigmund Freud

Love and work, work and love...that's all there is. Sigmund Freud

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

It might be said of psychoanalysis that if you give it your little finger it will soon have your whole hand. Sigmund Freud

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

Humor is a means of obtaining pleasure in spite of the distressing effects that interface with it. Sigmund Freud

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

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

The Mosaic religion had been a Father religion; Christianity became a Son religion. The old God, the Father, took second place; Christ, the Son, stood in His stead, just as in those dark times every son had longed to do. Sigmund Freud

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

Only a rebuke that 'has something in it' will sting, will have the power to stir our feelings, not the other sort, as we know. Sigmund Freud

The view is often defended that sciences should be built up on clear and sharply defined basal concepts. In actual fact no science, not even the most exact, begins with such definitions. The true beginning of scientific activity consists rather in describing phenomena and then in proceeding to group, classify and correlate them. Sigmund Freud

I have an infamously low capacity for visualizing relationships, which made the study of geometry and all subjects derived from it impossible for me. Sigmund Freud

I regard myself as one of the most dangerous enemies of religion Sigmund Freud

Free sexual intercourse between young males and respectable girls" was urgently necessary or society was "doomed to fall a victim to incurable neuroses which reduce the enjoyment of life to a minimum, destroy the marriage relation and bring hereditary ruin on the whole coming generation. Sigmund Freud

A collection to which nothing can be added and from which nothing can be removed is, in fact, dead! Sigmund Freud

The moment a man questions the meaning and value of life, he is sick, since objectively neither has any existence; by asking this question one is merely admitting to a store of unsatisfied libido to which something else must have happened, a kind of fermentation leading to sadness and depression. Sigmund Freud

Talk therapy turns hysterical misery to mundane unhappiness. Sigmund Freud

There is no likelihood of our being able to suppress humanity's aggressive tendencies... Complete suppression of man's aggressive tendencies is not an issue; what we may try is to direct it into a channel other than that of warfare. Sigmund Freud

So in every individual the two trends, one towards personal happiness and the other unity with the rest of humanity, must contend with each other. Sigmund Freud

Christmas is the alcoholidays Sigmund Freud

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

Sexual love is undoubtedly one of the chief things in life, and the union of mental and bodily satisfaction in the enjoyment of love is one of its culminating peaks. Apart from a few queer fanatics, all the world knows this and conducts its life accordingly; science alone is too delicate to admit it. Sigmund Freud

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 in their object-relations. Sigmund Freud

The meager satisfaction that man can extract from reality leaves him starving. Sigmund Freud

The madman is a dreamer awake Sigmund Freud

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

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

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

By abolishing private property one takes away the human love of aggression. Sigmund Freud

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

When one does not have what one wants, one must want what one has. Sigmund Freud

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

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. Sigmund Freud

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

Opposition is not necessarily enmity. Sigmund Freud

Religion originates in the child's and young mankind's fears and need for help. It cannot be otherwise. Sigmund Freud

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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