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All Quotes by author - Sigmund Freud
" 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 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. "
" 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. "
" Anatomy is destiny. "
" 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. "
" Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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 you can't do it, give up! "
" If youth knew; if age could. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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 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 no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief. "
" Like the physical, the psychical is not necessarily in reality what it appears to us to be. "
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