Thomas Szasz

(1920_2012)

Thomas Szasz Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
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  • ''Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.''
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Emotions," The Second Sin (1973).
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  • ''In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined.''
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Language," The Second Sin (1973).
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  • ''Psychiatric expert testimony: mendacity masquerading as medicine.''
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Law," The Second Sin (1973).
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  • ''We often speak of love when we really should be speaking of the drive to dominate or to master, so as to confirm ourselves as active agents, in control of our own destinies and worthy of respect from others.''
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Love," The Second Sin (1973).
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  • ''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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  • ''It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self. If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable. If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish.''
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Personal Conduct," The Second Sin (1973).
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  • ''People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds; it is something one creates.''
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Personal Conduct," The Second Sin (1973).
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  • ''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).
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