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  • 31.
    The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. In Complete Works, vol. 21 (1961). Civilization and Its Discontents, ch. 3 (1930).
  • 32.
    We believe that civilization has been created under the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost of satisfaction of the instincts.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. (Originally published 1915). Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, vol. 15, lecture 1, Complete Works, Standard Edition, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud.

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  • 33.
    I do not think our successes can compete with those of Lourdes. There are so many more people who believe in the miracles of the Blessed Virgin than in the existence of the unconscious.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 22, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1964). "Explanations, Applications and Orientations," lecture 34, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1933).

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  • 34.
    I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 21, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961). Civilization and Its Discontents (1931).

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  • 35.
    The ego is not master in its own house.
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. (Originally published 1917). A Difficulty in the Path of Psycho-Analysis, vol. 17, Complete Works, Standard Edition, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1955). This was Freud's conclusion in the light of the discoveries made by psychoanalysis that sexual instincts could not be wholly tamed, and that mental processes were unconscious and could "only reach the ego and come under its control through incomplete and untrustworthy perceptions."

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