Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud
  • Born: May 6, 1856
  • Died: September 23, 1939
  • Nationality: Austrian
  • Profession: Psychologist









Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst.

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A religion, even if it calls itself a religion of love, must be hard and unloving to those who do not belong to it Religion & God
America is a mistake, a giant mistake. Miscellaneous
Analogies prove nothing, that is quite true, but they can make one feel more at home. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
It cuts all the common bonds between the contending peoples and threatens to leave a legacy of embitterment that will make any renewal of those bonds impossible for a long time to come. War & Peace
Men are not gentle, friendly creatures wishing for love, who simply defend themselves if they are attacked, but ... a powerful measure of desire for aggression had to be reckoned as part of their instinctual endowment. Human Nature
People are extremely reluctant to give up that which gives them pleasure. Human Nature
Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires. Religion & God
The different religions have never overlooked the part played by the sense of guilt in civilization Religion & God
The past is a present force. History
The true believer is in a high degree protected against the danger of certain neurotic afflictions; by accepting the universal neurosis he is spared the task of forming a personal neurosis. Terrorism
This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
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. Life
America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success. 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. Freedom & Liberty
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. Time
Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another. Society
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 does not believe that does not live according to his belief.
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. Families, Children & Parenting
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.
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. Life ;Success
If youth knew; if age could.
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?
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. Happiness & Unhappiness
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.
Love and work... work and love, that's all there is. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Religion & God
Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. Freedom & Liberty
Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.
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.
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.
One is very crazy when in love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity.
Sadism is all right in its place, but it should be directed to proper ends.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
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.
The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.
The ego is not master in its own house.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.
The goal of all life is death. Life ;Death
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.
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 interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.
The psychoanalysis of neurotics has taught us to recognize the intimate connection between wetting the bed and the character trait of ambition.
The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture.
The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Time spent with cats is never wasted. Time
We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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. Life
What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Where id was, there ego shall be.
Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake.