1856-1939, Austrian Physician – Founder of Psychoanalysis
A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist.
Sigmund Freud – [Neurosis]
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.
Sigmund Freud – [Insanity]
A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.
Sigmund Freud – [Self-esteem]
America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
Sigmund Freud – [America]
America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
Sigmund Freud – [America]
Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.
Sigmund Freud – [Writers and Writing]
Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another.
Sigmund Freud – [Psychoanalysis]
Anatomy is destiny.
Sigmund Freud – [Destiny]
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
Sigmund Freud – [Honesty]
By abolishing private property one takes away the human love of aggression.
Sigmund Freud – [Property]
Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.
Sigmund Freud – [Children]
Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind. Why this has to happen, we do not know; the work of Eros is precisely this.
Sigmund Freud – [Civilization]
Conscience is the internal perception of the rejection of a particular wish operating within us.
Sigmund Freud – [Conscience]
Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
Sigmund Freud – [Belief]
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.
Sigmund Freud – [Normality]
Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.
Sigmund Freud – [Flowers]
From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.
Sigmund Freud – [Truth]
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.
Sigmund Freud – [Secrets]
Human life in common is only made possible when a majority comes together which is stronger than any separate individual and which remains united against all separate individuals. The power of this community is then set up as ''right'' in opposition to the power of the individual, which is condemned as ''brute force.''
Sigmund Freud – [Majority]
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
Sigmund Freud – [Fathers]