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The Don Juans among men and the light-o'-loves among women are afraid of marriage.
[Marriage]
 

The educator must believe in the potential power of his pupil, and he must employ all his art in seeking to bring his pupil to experience this power.
 

The feeling of inferiority rules the mental life and can be clearly recognized as the sense of incompleteness and unfulfillment, and in the uninterrupted struggle both of individuals and of humanity.
 

The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge to conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.
 

The neurotic is nailed to the cross of his fiction.
 

The only normal people are the one's you don't know very well.
 

The only worthwhile achievements of man are those which are socially useful.
[Society]
 

The science of the mind can only have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being, and through its use, brings peace to every human soul.
 

The test of one's behavior pattern is their relationship to society, relationship to work and relationship to sex.
 

The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth.
 

There can be but a single goal of education, and that - education to courage.
[Education]
 

There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish.
 

There is no such thing as talent. There is pressure.
 

To all those who walk the path of human cooperation war must appear loathsome and inhuman.
 

To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority which constantly presses towards its own conquest. The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge for conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.
 

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.
[Action]
 

War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man.
 

War is organized murder and torture against our brothers.
 

We cannot say that if a child is badly nourished he will become a criminal. We must see what conclusion the child has drawn.
 

We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.
 


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