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" 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. "
" If you can't do it, give up! "
" Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me. "
" Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another. "
" It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct. "
" 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. "
" The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization. "
" 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. "
" Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. "
" The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. "
" 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. "
" A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror. "
" Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts. "
" 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. "
" Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism. "
" 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. "
" What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. "
" Just as no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief. "
" One is very crazy when in love. "
" What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. "
" The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind. "
" Anatomy is destiny. "
" The psychical, whatever its nature may be, is itself unconscious. "
" Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. "
" 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. "
" Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home. "
" 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?' "
" Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it. "