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Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.
– Sigmund Freud
The goal of all life is death.
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.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.
I have found little that is ‘good’ about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or to none at all. That is something that you cannot say aloud, or perhaps even think.
The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.
We have long observed that every neurosis has the result, and therefore probably the purpose, of forcing the patient out of real life, of alienating him from actuality.
Love and work… work and love, that’s all there is.
Incidentally, why was it that none of all the pious ever discovered psycho-analysis? Why did it have to wait for a completely godless Jew?
Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.
A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist.
Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake.
Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs, he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on him and they still give him much trouble at times.
The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.
We believe that civilization has been created under the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost of satisfaction of the instincts.
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.
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
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?’
Just as no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief.
The ego is not master in its own house.
America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity.
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.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.
The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.