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Quote Left The expectation that every neurotic phenomenon can be cured may, I suspect, be derived from the layman's belief that the neuroses are something quite unnecessary which have no right whatever to exist. Whereas in fact they are severe, constitutionally fixed illnesses, which rarely restrict themselves to only a few attacks but persist as a rule over long periods throughout life. Quote Right
Quote Left We are threatened with suffering from three directions: from our own body, which is doomed to decay and dissolution and which cannot even do without pain and anxiety as warning signals; from the external world, which may rage against us with overwhelming and merciless forces of destruction; and finally from our relations to other men. The suffering which comes from this last source is perhaps more painful than any other. Quote Right
Quote Left The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him. Quote Right
Quote Left Religion is an attempt to get control over the sensory world, in which we are placed, by means of the wish-world which we have developed inside us as a result of biological and psychological necessites. Quote Right
Quote Left Innately, children seem to have little true realistic anxiety. They will run along the brink of water, climb on the window sill, play with sharp objects and with fire, in short, do everything that is bound to damage them and to worry those in charge of them, that is wholly the result of education; for they cannot be allowed to make the instructive experiences themselves. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Our knowledge of the historical worth of certain religious doctrines increases our respect for them, but does not invalidate our proposal that they should cease to be put forward as the reasons for the precepts of civilization. On the contrary! Those historical residues have helped us to view religious teachings, as it were, as neurotic relics, and we may now argue that the time has probably come, as it does in an analytic treatment, for replacing the effects of repression by the results of the rational operation of the intellect. Quote Right
Quote Left No one who has seen a baby sinking back satiated from the breast and falling asleep with flushed cheeks and a blissful smile can escape the reflection that this picture persists as a prototype of the expression of sexual satisfaction in later life. Quote Right
Quote Left Sublimation of instinct is an especially conspicuous feature of cultural development; it is what makes it possible for higher psychical activities, scientific, artistic or ideological, to play such an important part in civilized life. If one were to yield to a first impression, one would say that sublimation is a vicissitude which has been forced upon the instincts entirely by civilization. But it would be wiser to reflect upon this a little longer. In the third place, finally, and this seems the most important of all, it is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built up upon a renunciation of instinct, how much it presupposes precisely the non-satisfaction (by suppression, repression or some other means?) of powerful instincts. This ââ?¬Ë?cultural frustrationââ?¬â?¢ dominates the large field of social relationships between human beings;we know already that it is the cause of the antagonism against which all civilization has to fight. Quote Right
Quote Left A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist. Quote Right
Quote Left The analytic psychotherapist thus has a threefold battle to wage -- in his own mind against the forces which seek to drag him down from the analytic level; outside the analysis, against opponents who dispute the importance he attaches to the sexual instinctual forces and hinder him from making use of them in his scientific technique; and inside the analysis, against his patients, who at first behave like opponents but later on reveal the overvaluation of sexual life which dominates them, and who try to make him captive to their socially untamed passion. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct. Quote Right
Quote Left The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my 30 years of research into the feminine soul, is: What does a woman want? Quote Right
Quote Left I am actually not at all a man of science, not an observer, not an experimenter, not a thinker. I am by temperament nothing but a conquistador Quote Right
Quote Left Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis Quote Right
Quote Left What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. Quote Right
Quote Left The first human being who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left The only bodily organ which is really regarded as inferior is the atrophied penis, a girl's clitoris. Quote Right
Quote Left America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success Quote Right
Quote Left Psychoanalysis is for hysterical pathological cases, not for silly rich American women who should be learning how to darn socks Quote Right
Quote Left Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires. Quote Right
Quote Left Just as no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left In the small matters trust the mind, in the large ones the heart Quote Right
Quote Left America is a mistake, a giant mistake. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization. Quote Right
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