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.)