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287 Inspiring Quotes by Sigmund Freud

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Wikipedia Summary for Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud ( FROYD; German: [ˈziːk.mʊnt ˈfʁɔʏt]; born Sigismund Schlomo Freud; 6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst.

Freud was born to Galician Jewish parents in the Moravian town of Freiberg, in the Austrian Empire. He qualified as a doctor of medicine in 1881 at the University of Vienna. Upon completing his habilitation in 1885, he was appointed a docent in neuropathology and became an affiliated professor in 1902. Freud lived and worked in Vienna, having set up his clinical practice there in 1886. In 1938, Freud left Austria to escape Nazi persecution. He died in exile in the United Kingdom in 1939.

In founding psychoanalysis, Freud developed therapeutic techniques such as the use of free association and discovered transference, establishing its central role in the analytic process. Freud's redefinition of sexuality to include its infantile forms led him to formulate the Oedipus complex as the central tenet of psychoanalytical theory. His analysis of dreams as wish-fulfillments provided him with models for the clinical analysis of symptom formation and the underlying mechanisms of repression. On this basis, Freud elaborated his theory of the unconscious and went on to develop a model of psychic structure comprising id, ego and super-ego. Freud postulated the existence of libido, sexualised energy with which mental processes and structures are invested and which generates erotic attachments, and a death drive, the source of compulsive repetition, hate, aggression, and neurotic guilt. In his later works, Freud developed a wide-ranging interpretation and critique of religion and culture.

Though in overall decline as a diagnostic and clinical practice, psychoanalysis remains influential within psychology, psychiatry, and psychotherapy, and across the humanities. It thus continues to generate extensive and highly contested debate concerning its therapeutic efficacy, its scientific status, and whether it advances or hinders the feminist cause. Nonetheless, Freud's work has suffused contemporary Western thought and popular culture. W. H. Auden's 1940 poetic tribute to Freud describes him as having created "a whole climate of opinion under whom we conduct our different lives."

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If you want your wife to listen to you, then talk to another woman; she will be all ears.

--Sigmund Freud

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Two hallmarks of a healthy life are the abilities to love and to work. Each requires imagination.

--Sigmund Freud

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Love is the great educator.

--Sigmund Freud

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If it's not one thing, it's your mother.

--Sigmund Freud



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What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree.

--Sigmund Freud

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No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion it would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere.

--Sigmund Freud

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Religion is a universal obsessional neurosis.

--Sigmund Freud



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Instinct of love toward an object demands a mastery to obtain it, and if a person feels they can't control the object or feel threatened by it, they act negatively toward it.

--Sigmund Freud

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I do not in the least underestimate bisexuality... I expect it to provide all further enlightenment.

--Sigmund Freud

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The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.

--Sigmund Freud

Longer Version:

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


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The demons of animism were usually hostile to man, but it seems as though man had more confidence in himself in those days than later on.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud

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But the less a man knows about the past and the present the more insecure must prove to be his judgment of the future.

--Sigmund Freud


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Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.

--Sigmund Freud



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The voice of reason is small, but very persistent.

--Sigmund Freud


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

--Sigmund Freud


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Civilization has little to fear from educated people and brain-workers. In them the replacement of religious motives for civilized behaviors by other, secular motives, would proceed unobtrusively..

--Sigmund Freud

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I had thought about cocaine in a kind of day-dream.

--Sigmund Freud

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A love that does not discriminate seems to me to forfeit a part of its own value, by doing an injustice to its object; and secondly, not all men are worthy of love.

--Sigmund Freud

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There is a powerful force within us, an un-illuminated part of the mind -- separate from the conscious mind that is constantly at work molding our thought, feelings, and actions.

--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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Concerning the factors of silence, solitude and darkness, we can only say that they are actually elements in the production of the infantile anxiety from which the majority of human beings have never become quite free.

--Sigmund Freud


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Anatomy is destiny.

--Sigmund Freud


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No neurotic harbors thoughts of suicide which are not murderous impulses against others redirected upon himself.

--Sigmund Freud


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If you can't do it, give up!

--Sigmund Freud


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There is to my mind no doubt that the concept of beautiful had its roots in sexual excitation and that its original meaning was sexually stimulating.

--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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Our memory has no guarantees at all, and yet we bow more often than is objectively justified to the compulsion to believe what it says.

--Sigmund Freud

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The aim of psychoanalysis is to relieve people of their neurotic unhappiness so that they can be normally unhappy.

--Sigmund Freud

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I regard myself as one of the most dangerous enemies of religion.

--Sigmund Freud

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I was making frequent use of cocaine at that time ... I had been the first to recommend the use of cocaine, in 1885, and this recommendation had brought serious reproaches down on me.

--Sigmund Freud



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The transformation of object-libido into narcissistic libido which thus takes place obviously implies an abandonment of sexual aims, a desexualization -- a kind of sublimation, therefore.

--Sigmund Freud



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I take up the standpoint that the tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man, and I come back now to the statement that it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.

--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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Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.

--Sigmund Freud

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You can always make a lot of people love one another so long as there are a smaller number outside the group for them to kick.

--Sigmund Freud

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As regards intellectual work it remains a fact, indeed, that great decisions in the realm of thought and momentous discoveries and solutions of problems are only possible to an individual, working in solitude.

--Sigmund Freud


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The price of civilization is instinctual renunciation.

--Sigmund Freud

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By abolishing private property one deprives the human love of aggression.

--Sigmund Freud

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We believe that civilization has been created under the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost of satisfaction of the instincts.

--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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The communal life of human beings had ... a two-fold foundation: the compulsion to work, which was created by external necessity, and the power of love.

--Sigmund Freud

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Dark, unfeeling and unloving powers determine human destiny.

--Sigmund Freud

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Our unconscious, then, does not believe in its own death; it behaves as if it were immortal. It knows nothing that is negative; in it contradictories coincide. This may be the secret of heroism.

--Sigmund Freud

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The most complicated achievements of thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness.

--Sigmund Freud

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Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

--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

Longer Version:

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.


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No other technique for the conduct of life attaches the individual so firmly to reality as laying emphasis on work; for his work at least gives him a secure place in a portion of reality, in the human community.

--Sigmund Freud

Longer Version:

No other technique for the conduct of life attaches the individual so firmly to reality as laying emphasis on work; for his work at least gives him a secure place in a portion of reality, in the human community. The possibility it offers of displacing a large amount of libidinal components, whether narcissistic, aggressive or even erotic, on to professional work and on to the human relations connected with it lends it a value by no means second to what it enjoys as something indispensable to the preservation and justification of existence in society.


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We are so made that we can derive intense enjoyment only from a contrast.

--Sigmund Freud

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The religions of mankind must be classed among the mass-delusions of this kind. No one, needless to say, who shares a delusion ever recognizes it as such.

--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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From error to error one discovers the entire truth.

--Sigmund Freud

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Love is a state of temporary psychosis.

--Sigmund Freud

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Dreams are the royal road to the unconcious.

--Sigmund Freud




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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.

--Sigmund Freud


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The genitals themselves have not undergone the development of the rest of the human form in the direction of beauty.

--Sigmund Freud

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How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved.

--Sigmund Freud



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There are no mistakes.

--Sigmund Freud


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But one thing about human beings puzzles me the most is their conscious effort to be connected with the object of their affection even if it kills them slowly within.

--Sigmund Freud

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Intelligence will be used in the service of the neurosis.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud

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What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.

--Sigmund Freud



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A father's death is the most important event, the more heartbreaking and poignant loss in a man's life.

--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 impression forces itself upon one that men measure by false standards, that everyone seeks power, success, riches for himself, and admires others who attain them, while undervaluing the truly precious thing in life.

--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.

--Sigmund Freud


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My love is something valuable to me which I ought not to throw away without reflection.

--Sigmund Freud


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Religious illusion must bow to scientific truth. It is in total error about the nature of the true world. Only science is not an illusion.

--Sigmund Freud

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Neurosis is the result of a conflict between the ego and its id, whereas psychosis is the analogous outcome of a similar disturbance in the relation between the ego and the external world.

--Sigmund Freud



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

--Sigmund Freud

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Smoking is indispensable if one has nothing to kiss.

--Sigmund Freud



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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



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Whatever fosters the growth of civilization works at the same time against war.

--Sigmund Freud

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Religion is an attempt to get control over the sensory world, in which we are placed, by means of the wish-world which we have developed inside us as a result of biological and psychological necessites.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud

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We may say that hysteria is a caricature of an artistic creation, a compulsion neurosis a caricature of a religion, and a paranoiac delusion a caricature of a philosophic system.

--Sigmund Freud

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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.

--Sigmund Freud


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The scope of one's personality is defined by the magnitude of that problem which is capable of driving a person out of his wits.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud

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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.

--Sigmund Freud

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The unconscious of one human being can react upon that of another without passing through the conscious.

--Sigmund Freud

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Time spent with cats is never wasted.

--Sigmund Freud

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I think that in general it is a good plan occasionally to bear in mind the fact that people were in the habit of dreaming before there was such a thing as psychoanalysis.

--Sigmund Freud





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The individual does actually carry on a double existence: one designed to serve his own purposes and another as a link in a chain, in which he serves against, or at any rate without, any volition of his own.

--Sigmund Freud

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The ego represents what we call reason and sanity, in contrast to the id which contains the passions.

--Sigmund Freud


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Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to taking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young.

--Sigmund Freud


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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

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

--Sigmund Freud

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

--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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A man's heterosexuality will not put up with any homosexuality, and vice versa.

--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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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 interpretation of Dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.

--Sigmund Freud




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Human's intrinsic nature manifest in it's misunderstandings.

--Sigmund Freud

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Dreams are the guardians of sleep and not its disturbers.

--Sigmund Freud


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Least of all should the artist be held responsible for the fate which befalls his works.

--Sigmund Freud

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In mourning it is the world which has become poor and empty; in melancholia it is the ego itself.

--Sigmund Freud


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When someone abuses me I can defend myself, but against praise I am defenceless.

--Sigmund Freud


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We are so constituted that we can gain intense pleasure only from the contrast, and only very little from the condition itself.

--Sigmund Freud



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The essence of analysis is surprise. When people are themselves surprised by what they say, that's when they are really making some progress.

--Sigmund Freud


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The rest of our enquiry is made easy because this God-Creator is openly called Father. Psycho-analysis concludes that he really is the father, clothed in the grandeur in which he once appeared to the small child.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud

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All family life is organized around the most damaged person in it.

--Sigmund Freud

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The dream acts as a safety-valve for the over-burdened brain.

--Sigmund Freud


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All who seek to be nobler than their constitution permits succumb to neurosis; they would have been better in health if they had found it possible to be morally worse.

--Sigmund Freud

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Crystals reveal their hidden structures only when broken.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud

Longer Version:

No matter how much restriction civilization imposes on the individual, he nevertheless finds some way to circumvent it. Wit is the best safety valve modern man has evolved; the more civilization, the more repression, the more need there is for wit.".


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

--Sigmund Freud

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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.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud

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Without love we fall ill.

--Sigmund Freud

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A string of reproaches against other people leads one to suspect the existence of a string of self-reproaches with the same content.

--Sigmund Freud


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The paranoid is never entirely mistaken.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud

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Perhaps the gods are kind to us, by making life more disagreeable as we grow older. In the end death seems less intolerable than the manifold burdens we carry.

--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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Intolerance of groups is often, strangely enough, exhibited more strongly against small differences than against fundamental ones.

--Sigmund Freud

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The delusions of paranoiacs have an unpalatable external similarity and internal kinship to the systems of our philosophers.

--Sigmund Freud

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Life is impoverished, it loses in interest, when the highest stake in the game of living, life itself, may not be risked. It becomes as shallow and empty as, let us say, an American flirtation.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud




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Not all men are worthy of love.

--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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The dream unites the grossest contradictions, permits impossibilities, sets aside the knowledge that influences us by day, and exposes us as ethically and morally obtuse.

--Sigmund Freud

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The news that reaches your consciousness is incomplete and often not to be relied on.... Turn your eyes inward, look into your own depths, learn first to know yourself!

--Sigmund Freud


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The defense against childish helplessness is what lends its characteristic features to the adult's reaction to the helplessness which he has to acknowledge -- a reaction which is precisely the formation of religion.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud



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The motive forces of phantasies are unsatisfied wishes, and every single phantasy is the fulfillment of a wish, a correction of unsatisfying reality.

--Sigmund Freud

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It is that we are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so helplessly unhappy as when we have lost our loved object or its love.

--Sigmund Freud


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We should picture the instrument that carries our mental functioning as resembling a compound microscope or photographic apparatus.

--Sigmund Freud

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A state of consciousness is characteristically very transitory; an idea that is conscious now is no longer so a moment later, although it can become so again under certain conditions that are easily brought about.

--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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Where questions of religion are concerned, people are guilty of every possible sort of dishonesty and intellectual misdemeanor.

--Sigmund Freud


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In human beings pure masculinity or femininity is not to be found either in a psychological or biological sense.

--Sigmund Freud


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Demons do not exist any more than gods do, being only the products of the psychic activity of man.

--Sigmund Freud

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I like to avoid concessions to faint-heartedness. One can never tell where that road may lead one; one gives way first in words, and then little by little in substance too.

--Sigmund Freud

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Trying to be completely sincere with yourself is a good exercise.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud


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I cannot imagine life without work as really comfortable.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud

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No one who shares a delusion ever recognizes it as such.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud

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Words and magic were in the beginning one and the same thing, and even today words retain much of their magical power.

--Sigmund Freud


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Talk therapy turns hysterical misery to mundane unhappiness.

--Sigmund Freud

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Every one has wishes which he would not like to tell to others, which he does not want to admit even to himself.

--Sigmund Freud

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Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.

--Sigmund Freud


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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.

--Sigmund Freud

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Might we not say that every child at play behaves like a creative writer, in that he creates a world of his own, or, rather, rearranges the things of his world in a new way which pleases him?

--Sigmund Freud

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The madman is a dreamer awake.

--Sigmund Freud

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One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.

--Sigmund Freud

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Our fascination with gold is related to the fantasies of early childhood.

--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 are what we are because we have been what we have been.

--Sigmund Freud

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The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.

--Sigmund Freud

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Maturity is the ability to postpone gratification.

--Sigmund Freud

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The more perfect a person is on the outside, the more demons they have on the inside.

--Sigmund Freud


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The sexual life of adult women is a "dark continent" for psychology.

--Sigmund Freud



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The behavior of a human being in sexual matters is often a prototype for the whole of his other modes of reaction in life.

--Sigmund Freud




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Do you not know how uncontrolled and unreliable the average human being is in all that concerns sexual life?

--Sigmund Freud



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

--Sigmund Freud



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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

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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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The most ancient and important taboo prohibitions are the two basic laws of totemism: not to kill the totem animal and to avoid sexual intercourse with members of the totem clan of the opposite sex.

--Sigmund Freud

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I consider it a good rule for letter-writing to leave unmentioned what the recipient already knows, and instead tell him something new.

--Sigmund Freud


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There is no doubt that the resistance of the conscious and unconscious ego operates under the sway of the pleasure principle: it seeks to avoid the unpleasure which would be produced by the liberation of the repressed.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud


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Civilization runs a greater risk if we maintain our present attitude to religion than if we give it up.

--Sigmund Freud

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An unrestricted satisfaction of every need presents itself as the most enticing method of conducting one's life, but it means putting enjoyment before caution, and soon brings its own punishment.

--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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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

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Psychiatry is the art of teaching people how to stand on their own feet while reclining on couches.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud




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A religion, even if it calls itself a religion of love, must be hard and unloving to those who do not belong to it.

--Sigmund Freud

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The different religions have never overlooked the part played by the sense of guilt in civilization. What is more, they come forward with a claim...to save mankind from this sense of guilt, which they call sin.

--Sigmund Freud

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America is a mistake, a giant mistake.

--Sigmund Freud

Longer Version:

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



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Conservatism, however, is too often a welcome excuse for lazy minds, loath to adapt themselves to fast changing conditions.

--Sigmund Freud

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When the wayfarer whistles in the dark, he may be disavowing his timidity, but he does not see any the more clearly for doing so.

--Sigmund Freud


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Thinking is an experimental dealing with small quantities of energy, just as a general moves miniature figures over a map before setting his troops in action.

--Sigmund Freud

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Now it is nothing but torture.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud

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

--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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A hero is a man who stands up manfully against his father and in the end victoriously overcomes him.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud

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I've been a fortunate man in life. Nothing has come easily.

--Sigmund Freud

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

--Sigmund Freud


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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.

--Sigmund Freud

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It is not so much that man is a herd animal, but that he is a horde animal led by a chief.

--Sigmund Freud

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I suppose that romantic love was invented as a brilliant means of seduction.

--Sigmund Freud

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When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it.

--Sigmund Freud



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