Quotations From SIGMUND FREUD

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  • 21.
    The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 12, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1958). Recommendations to Physicians Practising Psycho-Analysis, sct. G (1912). On the ideal practice of psychoanalysis.

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  • 22.
    The only bodily organ which is really regarded as inferior is the atrophied penis, a girl's clitoris.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 22, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1964). "The Dissection of the Psychical Personality," lecture 31, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1933). Freud was refuting the claims of "Individual Psychologists" that the "inferiority complex" can be traced back to self- perceived organic defects.

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  • 23.
    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.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. (Originally published 1927). The Future of an Illusion, vol. 6, ch. 2, Complete Works, Standard Edition, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961).
  • 24.
    We know less about the sexual life of little girls than of boys. But we need not feel ashamed of this distinction; after all, the sexual life of adult women is a "dark continent" for psychology.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 20, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1959). The Question of Lay Analysis, pt. 4 (1926). The phrase dark continent was written in English.

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  • 25.
    The first requisite of civilization ... is that of justice.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud, vol. 21 (1961). Civilization and Its Discontents, ch. 3 (1930).

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  • 26.
    A strong egoism is a protection against disease, but in the last resort we must begin to love in order that we may not fall ill, and must fall ill if, in consequence of frustration, we cannot love.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. In Collected Papers, vol. 4 (1948). On Narcissism: An Introduction (1914).

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  • 27.
    America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. Quoted in Ronald W. Clark, Freud: the Man and his Cause, pt. 3, ch. 12 (1980). To his colleague and biographer Ernest Jones (Memories of a Psycho-analyst, ch. 9, 1959), Freud said: "Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake."

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  • 28.
    If a man has been his mother's undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 17, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1955). A Childhood Recollection, Dichtung und Wahrheit (1917). Freud expressed the same idea on other occasions.

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  • 29.
    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 (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 23, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1964). Analysis Terminable and Interminable, sct. 5 (1937).
  • 30.
    It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggression.
    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).

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