Quotations From THOMAS SZASZ

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  • 1.
    There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Psychology," The Second Sin (1973).
  • 2.
    The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Personal Conduct," The Second Sin (1973).
  • 3.
    Men often treat others worse than they treat themselves, but they rarely treat anyone better. It is the height of folly to expect consideration and decency from a person who mistreats himself.
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Personal Conduct," The Second Sin (1973).
  • 4.
    Psychiatric expert testimony: mendacity masquerading as medicine.
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Law," The Second Sin (1973).
  • 5.
    Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage.
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Social Relations," The Second Sin (1973).

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  • 6.
    When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Social Relations," The Second Sin (1973).

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  • 7.
    Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Social Relations," The Second Sin (1973).
  • 8.
    The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic—in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea—known to medical science is work.
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Medicine," The Second Sin (1973).

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  • 9.
    The proverb warns that "You should not bite the hand that feeds you." But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Control and Self-Control," The Second Sin (1973).
  • 10.
    A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Childhood," The Second Sin (1973).

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