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Quotations From SIGMUND FREUD

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  • 1.
    Sadism is all right in its place, but it should be directed to proper ends.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. from Joseph Wortis, "22 Jan. 1935," ch. 3, Fragments of an Analysis with Freud (1954). Freud was discussing the love of hunting, which in modern times seemed "superfluous and sometimes simply barbarous."
  • 2.
    Where id was, there ego shall be.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. (Originally published 1933). New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, vol. 22, lecture 31, "The Dissection of the Psychical Personality," Complete Works, Standard Edition, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1964). The intention of psychoanalysis, Freud explained, is "to strengthen the ego, to make it more independent of the super-ego, to widen its field of perception and enlarge its organization, so that it can appropriate fresh portions of the id.... It is a work of culture," he added in the closing words of the lecture, "not unlike the draining of the Zuider Zee."
  • 3.
    We must reckon with the possibility that something in the nature of the sexual instinct itself is unfavorable to the realization of complete satisfaction.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 11, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1957). On the Universal Tendency to Debasement in the Sphere of Love, sct. 3 (1912).

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  • 4.
    The great question that has never been answered and which I have not get been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is "What does a women want?"
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist and originator of psychoanalysis. Quoted in Sigmund Freud: Life and Work by Ernest Jones, vol. 2, pt. 3, ch. 16 (1955). Quoted from a letter to Marie Bonaparte.

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  • 5.
    Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 21, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961). Civilization and Its Discontents, ch. 5 (1930).
  • 6.
    One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be "happy" is not included in the plan of "Creation."
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. In Complete Works, vol. 21, ed. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961). Civilization and Its Discontents, ch. 2 (1930). Freud defined happiness as, in the strictest sense, "the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree." It was thus episodic by nature, since "we are so made that we can derive intense enjoyment only from a contrast and very little from a state of things."

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  • 7.
    Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. Quoted in Memories of a Psycho-analyst, ch. 9, Ernest Jones (1959). "America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen," Freud said on another occasion, "but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success." (Ronald W. Clark, Freud: the Man and his Cause, pt. 3, ch. 12, 1980).

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  • 8.
    A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. quoted in Joseph Wortis, Fragments of an Analysis with Freud, ch. 3, Jan. 22, 1935 (1954).
  • 9.
    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?"
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. quoted in Ernest Jones, Sigmund Freud: Life and Work, vol. 2, pt. 3, ch. 16 (1955). Quoted from a letter to friend and disciple Marie Bonaparte. Freud's views on women are summed up in Peter Gay, Freud: A Life of Our Time, pt. 10 (1988). See Wilde on women.

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  • 10.
    What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. quoted in Ernest Jones, Sigmund Freud: Life and Work, vol. 3, pt. 1, ch. 4 (1957). Comment on the public burning of his books in Berlin in 1933.
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