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" Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it. "
" Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. "
" Where id was, there ego shall be. "
" 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 act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety. "
" Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another. "
" Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity. "
" What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. "
" The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization. "
" Like the physical, the psychical is not necessarily in reality what it appears to us to be. "
" The first requisite of civilization is that of justice. "
" A belligerent state permits itself every such misdeed, every such act of violence, as would disgrace the individual. "
" The goal of all life is death. "
" What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. "
" Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. "
" The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him. "
" Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. "
" One is very crazy when in love. "
" Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake. "
" The psychoanalysis of neurotics has taught us to recognize the intimate connection between wetting the bed and the character trait of ambition. "
" Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me. "
" It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct. "
" The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing. "
" Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy. "
" 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. "
" Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism. "
" 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. "
" If you can't do it, give up! "
" 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. "
" 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. "