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Sigmund Freud Quotes


An Austrian neurologist and psychologist and the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology.
(1856 - 1939)

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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 hero is a man who stands up manfully against his father and in the end victoriously overcomes him.
 

A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them, for they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.
[Instincts]
 

A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of conqueror, that confidence of success that often induces real success.
[Men]
 

A man's heterosexuality will not put up with any homosexuality, and vice versa.
 

Admittedly an unusual state, but not one that can be stigmatized as pathological.
 

America is a mistake, admittedly a gigantic mistake, but a mistake nevertheless.
[America]
 

America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
[America]
 

Analogies prove nothing, that is quite true, but they can make one feel more at home.
 

Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.
[Thinking]
 

Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another.
 

Anatomy is destiny.
 

At bottom God is nothing more than an exalted father.
 

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
[Being]
 

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.
 

Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another.
 

Conscience is the internal perception of the rejection of a particular wish operating within us.
 


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