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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. "
" 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 act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety. "
" The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization. "
" Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy. "
" We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love. "
" America is a mistake, a giant mistake. "
" What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. "
" Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine. "
" Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another. "
" The psychical, whatever its nature may be, is itself unconscious. "
" We believe that civilization has been created under the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost of satisfaction of the instincts. "
" The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. "
" Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me. "
" America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success. "
" The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization. "
" Love and work... work and love, that's all there is. "
" It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct. "
" 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. "
" Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. "
" 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. "
" 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? "
" One is very crazy when in love. "
" The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him. "
" Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock. "
" 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. "
" The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture. "