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Sigmund Freud quotes

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.

Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.

The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is 'What does a woman want?'

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.

Time spent with cats is never wasted.

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.

Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.

One is very crazy when in love.

He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.

We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love.

The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.

Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.

America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.

America is a mistake, a giant mistake.

A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.

A civilization which leaves so large a number of its participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.

Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.

I have found little that is 'good' about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or to none at all. That is something that you cannot say aloud, or perhaps even think.