December 1, 2016

Sigmund Freud Quotes

“A belligerent state permits itself every such misdeed, every such act of violence, as would disgrace the individual.”

“A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist.”

“A civilization which leaves so large a number of its participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.”

“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.”

“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.”

“A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.”

“A person who feels pleasure in producing pain in someone else in a sexual relationship is also capable of enjoying as pleasure any pain which he may himself derive from sexual relations. A sadist is always at the same time a masochist.”

“A woman should soften but not weaken a man.”

“America is a mistake, a giant mistake.”

“America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.”

“Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.”

“Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient’s ego freedom to decide one way or another.”

“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”

“Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.”

“Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.”

“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.”

“Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another.”

“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.”

“Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.”

“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.”

“Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.”

“Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.”

“Freud was once asked what he thought a normal person should be able to do well. The questioner probably expected a complicated answer. But Freud, in the curt way of his old days, is reported to have said: ‘Lieben und arbeiten’ (to love and to work).”

“From error to error one discovers the entire truth.”

“He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.”

“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.”

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”

“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.”

“If a man has been his mother’s undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.”

“If there are quarrels between the parents or if their marriage is unhappy, the ground will be prepared in their children for the severest predisposition to a disturbance of sexual development or to neurotic illness.”

“If youth knew; if age could.”

“Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.”

“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.”

“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?”

“It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.”

“It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct.”

“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.”

“Just as a cautious businessman avoids tying up all his capital in one concern, so, perhaps, worldly wisdom will advise us not to look for the whole of our satisfaction from a single aspiration.”

“Just as no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief.”

“Knowledge is the intellectual manipulation of carefully verified observations.”

“Life as we find it is too hard for us; it entails too much pain, too many disappointments, impossible tasks. We cannot do without palliative remedies.”

“Like the physical, the psychical is not necessarily in reality what it appears to us to be.”

“Look into the depths of your own soul and learn first to know yourself, then you will understand why this illness was bound to come upon you and perhaps you will thenceforth avoid falling ill.”

“Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.”

“Love and work… work and love, that’s all there is.”

“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.”

“Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.”

“Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it.”

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.”

“Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.”

“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.”

“No one who, like me, conjures up the most evil of those half-tamed demons that inhabit the human beast, and seeks to wrestle with them, can expect to come through the struggle unscathed.”

“Obviously one must hold oneself responsible for the evil impulses of one’s dreams. In what other way can one deal with them? Unless the content of the dream rightly understood is inspired by alien spirits, it is part of my own being.”

“One is very crazy when in love.”

“Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity.”

“Psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love.”

“Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.”

“Religious ideas have sprung from the same need as all the other achievements of culture: from the necessity for defending itself against the crushing supremacy of nature.”

“Sadism is all right in its place, but it should be directed to proper ends.”

“The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.”

“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 doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.”

“The ego is not master in its own house.”

“The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.”

“The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.”

“The goal of all life is death.”

“The goal towards which the pleasure principle impels us – of becoming happy – is not attainable: yet we may not – nay, cannot – give up the efforts to come nearer to realization of it by some means or other.”

“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?'”

“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.”

“The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.”

“The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.”

“The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief.”

“The psychical, whatever its nature may be, is itself unconscious.”

“The true believer is in a high degree protected against the danger of certain neurotic afflictions, by accepting the universal neorosis he is spared the task of forming a personal neurosis.”

“The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing. Ultimately, after endlessly repeated rebuffs, it succeeds. This is one of the few points in which it may be optimistic about the future of mankind, but in itself it signifies not a little.”

“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.”

“We are threatened with suffering from three directions: from our own body, which is doomed to decay and dissolution and which cannot even do without pain and anxiety as warning signals; from the external world, which may rage against us with overwhelming and merciless forces of destruction; and finally from our relations to other men. The suffering which comes from this last source is perhaps more painful than any other.”

“What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.”

“When a love relationship is at its height there is no room left for any interest in the environment; a pair of lovers are sufficient to themselves.”

“Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.”

“Woe to you, my Princess, when I come… you shall see who is the stronger, a gentle little girl who doesn’t eat enough or a big wild man who has cocaine in his body.”