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  • 11.
    Incidentally, why was it that none of all the pious ever discovered psycho-analysis? Why did it have to wait for a completely godless Jew?
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. letter, Oct. 9, 1918. Psycho-Analysis and Faith: The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Oscar Pfister (1963).
  • 12.
    The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, Standard Edition, vol. 5-6, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1955). The Interpretation of Dreams, ch. 7 (1900).
  • 13.
    The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 5, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1953). The Interpretation of Dreams, ch. 6, sct. E (1900), footnote added (1909).

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  • 14.
    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 (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 21, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961). The Future of an Illusion, ch. 8 (1927).
  • 15.
    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 (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 19, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961). The Ego and the Id, ch. 5, note (1923).

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  • 16.
    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 (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 7, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1953). "The First Dream," Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (1905). Freud thus justified his interest in symbolism: "and thus the task of making conscious the most hidden recesses of the mind is one which it is quite possible to accomplish."
  • 17.
    all the categories which we employ to describe conscious mental acts, such as ideas, purposes, resolutions, and so on, can be applied to ... these latent states.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. The Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, volume XIV, tr. And ed. James Strachey, "The Unconscious," p. 168, The Hogarth Press (1966-74).
  • 18.
    Woe to you, my Princess, when I come ... you shall see who is the stronger, a gentle little girl who doesn't eat enough or a big wild man who has cocaine in his body.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. Letter, June 2, 1884, to his fiancée, Martha Bernays. "The Cocaine Episode," vol. 1, ch. 6, Ernest Jones, Sigmund Freud: Life and Work (1953). Freud added, "I am just now busy collecting the literature for a song of praise to this magical substance," though his interest in cocaine ended with his repudiation of it and a long-lasting sense of reproach.

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  • 19.
    Like the physical, the psychical is not necessarily in reality what it appears to us to be.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. The Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, volume XIV, tr. And ed. James Strachey, "The Unconscious," p. 171, The Hogarth Press (1966-74).
  • 20.
    The psychical, whatever its nature may be, is itself unconscious.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. The Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, volume XIV, tr. And ed. James Strachey, "Some Elementary Lessons," p.283, The Hogarth Press (1966-74).

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