Thomas Szasz

(1920_2012)

Thomas Szasz Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.''
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Psychology," The Second Sin (1973).
  • ''There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.''
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Psychology," The Second Sin (1973).
  • ''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).
  • ''Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age. It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies to reduce this period to a minimum.''
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Social Relations," The Second Sin (1973).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''He who does not accept and respect those who want to reject life does not truly accept and respect life itself.''
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Suicide," The Second Sin (1973).
  • ''In the past, men created witches; now they create mental patients.''
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. The Manufacture of Madness, introduction (1971). This sentence summarizes the book's theme. From ch. 1: "Institutional psychiatry is a continuation of the Inquisition. All that has really changed is the vocabulary and the social style."
  • ''Psychiatrists classify a person as mad if he suffers from his problems in living, and a psychotic if he makes others suffer.''
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. The Second Sin, Doubleday (1973).

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