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" A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist. "
" 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. "
" Like the physical, the psychical is not necessarily in reality what it appears to us to be. "
" 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. "
" Sadism is all right in its place, but it should be directed to proper ends. "
" The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization. "
" Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires. "
" Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock. "
" Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them. "
" The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety. "
" 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. "
" Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism. "
" Where id was, there ego shall be. "
" The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing. "
" America is a mistake, a giant mistake. "
" What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The psychical, whatever its nature may be, is itself unconscious. "
" Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake. "
" The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture. "
" 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. "
" We believe that civilization has been created under the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost of satisfaction of the instincts. "
" Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity. "
" If you can't do it, give up! "
" 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. "
" Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another. "
" 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. "
" Time spent with cats is never wasted. "
" 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. "