Best quotes by the Austrian Psychologist Sigmund Freud

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.
  • inspirational

In the small matters trust the mind, in the large ones the heart.
  • trust

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

Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.
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We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its love.
  • Love

From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.
  • Truth

Thought is action in rehearsal.
  • thought

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
  • Honesty

Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.
  • Children

The first human being who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
  • Insults

Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to talking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young.
  • Mental

Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.
  • Love

Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.
  • Authors

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
  • Censorship

A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.
  • Personality

America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
  • America

One is very crazy when in love.
  • Love

The most complicated achievements of thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness.
  • Mind

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

We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love.
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America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
  • America

We have long observed that every neurosis has the result, and therefore probably the purpose, of forcing the patient out of real life, of alienating him from actuality.
  • Mental

It might be said of psychoanalysis that if you give it your little finger it will soon have your whole hand.
  • Psychiatry

The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
  • Birth

The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.
  • Mind

Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.
  • ambiguity

One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be happy is not included in the plan of Creation.
  • Happiness

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

The goal of all life is death.
  • death

Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.
  • Morals


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The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.
  • civilization

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

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct.
  • built

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

We believe that civilization has been created under the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost of satisfaction of the instincts.
  • believe

Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind. Why this has to happen, we do not know; the work of Eros is precisely this.
  • Civilization

The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
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We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its love.
  • Love

Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.
  • Love

One is very crazy when in love.
  • Love

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

Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.
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Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to talking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young.
  • Mental

We have long observed that every neurosis has the result, and therefore probably the purpose, of forcing the patient out of real life, of alienating him from actuality.
  • Mental

A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist.
  • Mental

The expectation that every neurotic phenomenon can be cured may, I suspect, be derived from the layman's belief that the neuroses are something quite unnecessary which have no right whatever to exist. Whereas in fact they are severe, constitutionally fixed illnesses, which rarely restrict themselves to only a few attacks but persist as a rule over long periods throughout life.
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In the small matters trust the mind, in the large ones the heart.
  • trust

The most complicated achievements of thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness.
  • Mind

The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.
  • Mind

The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.
  • Mind

The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.
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The goal towards which the pleasure principle impels us -- of becoming happy -- is not attainable: yet we may not -- nay, cannot -- give up the efforts to come nearer to realization of it by some means or other.
  • Pleasure

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.
  • accept

The goal towards which the pleasure principle impels us - of becoming happy - is not attainable: yet we may not - nay, cannot - give up the efforts to come nearer to realization of it by some means or other.
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Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.
  • becomes

Woe to you, my Princess, when I come... you shall see who is the stronger, a gentle little girl who doesn't eat enough or a big wild man who has cocaine in his body.
  • Drugs

The ego is not master in its own house.
  • Thought

What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree.
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Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity.
  • Dissent

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
  • derives

The tendency of aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.
  • Anger

Conscience is the internal perception of the rejection of a particular wish operating within us.
  • Conscience

Where id was, there shall ego be.
  • Maturity

A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist.
  • Mental

The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.
  • Mind

The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.
  • civilization

The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.
  • Doctors

Anatomy is destiny.
  • Fate

Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another.
  • Psychiatry

Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another.
  • another

The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.
  • Liberty

Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
  • Ordinary

By abolishing private property one takes away the human love of aggression.
  • Property

Incidentally, why was it that none of all the pious ever discovered psycho-analysis? Why did it have to wait for a completely godless Jew?
  • completely

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

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

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct.
  • built

Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it.
  • become

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

No one who has seen a baby sinking back satiated from the breast and falling asleep with flushed cheeks and a blissful smile can escape the reflection that this picture persists as a prototype of the expression of sexual satisfaction in later life.
  • Baby

We know less about the sexual life of little girls than of boys. But we need not feel ashamed of this distinction; after all, the sexual life of adult women is a dark continent for psychology.
  • Children

When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature.
  • Decisions

Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs, he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on him and they still give him much trouble at times.
  • Humanity

The only bodily organ which is really regarded as inferior is the atrophied penis, a girl's clitoris.
  • Mankind

It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggression.
  • Society

Like the physical, the psychical is not necessarily in reality what it appears to us to be.
  • appears

We believe that civilization has been created under the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost of satisfaction of the instincts.
  • believe

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

I am actually not at all a man of science, not an observer, not an experimenter, not a thinker. I am by temperament nothing but a conquistador
  • Adventure

Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
  • Belief

It would be one of the greatest triumphs of humanity, one of the most tangible liberations from the constraints of nature to which mankind is subject, if we could succeed in raising the responsible act of procreating children to the level of a deliberate and intentional activity and in freeing it from its entanglement with the necessary satisfaction of a natural need.
  • Birth

Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind. Why this has to happen, we do not know; the work of Eros is precisely this.
  • Civilization

I have no concern with any economic criticisms of the communist system; I cannot inquire into whether the abolition of private property is expedient or advantageous. But I am able to recognize that the psychological premisses on which the system is based are an untenable illusion. In abolishing private property we deprive the human love of aggression of one of its instruments... but we have in no way altered the differences in power and influence which are misused by aggressiveness.
  • Communism

Look into the depths of your own soul and learn first to know yourself, then you will understand why this illness was bound to come upon you and perhaps you will thenceforth avoid falling ill.
  • Discovery

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.
  • Family

The psychoanalysis of individual human beings, however, teaches us with quite special insistence that the god of each of them is formed in the likeness of his father, that his personal relation to God depends on his relation to his father in the flesh and oscillates and changes along with that relation, and that at bottom God is nothing other than an exalted father.
  • God

The impression forces itself upon one that men measure by false standards, that everyone seeks power, success, riches for himself, and admires others who attain them, while undervaluing the truly precious thing in life.
  • Illusion

Human life in common is only made possible when a majority comes together which is stronger than any separate individual and which remains united against all separate individuals. The power of this community is then set up as right in opposition to the power of the individual, which is condemned as brute force.
  • Majority

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.
  • Mankind

The expectation that every neurotic phenomenon can be cured may, I suspect, be derived from the layman's belief that the neuroses are something quite unnecessary which have no right whatever to exist. Whereas in fact they are severe, constitutionally fixed illnesses, which rarely restrict themselves to only a few attacks but persist as a rule over long periods throughout life.
  • Mental

I do not think our successes can compete with those of Lourdes. There are so many more people who believe in the miracles of the Blessed Virgin than in the existence of the unconscious.
  • Miracles

The time comes when each one of us has to give up as illusions the expectations which, in his youth, he pinned upon his fellow-men, and when he may learn how much difficulty and pain has been added to his life by their ill-will.
  • People

The goal towards which the pleasure principle impels us -- of becoming happy -- is not attainable: yet we may not -- nay, cannot -- give up the efforts to come nearer to realization of it by some means or other.
  • Pleasure

The analytic psychotherapist thus has a threefold battle to wage -- in his own mind against the forces which seek to drag him down from the analytic level; outside the analysis, against opponents who dispute the importance he attaches to the sexual instinctual forces and hinder him from making use of them in his scientific technique; and inside the analysis, against his patients, who at first behave like opponents but later on reveal the overvaluation of sexual life which dominates them, and who try to make him captive to their socially untamed passion.
  • Psychiatry

These patients have turned away from outer reality; it is for this reason that they are more aware than we of inner reality and can reveal to us things which without them would remain impenetrable.
  • Reality

Our knowledge of the historical worth of certain religious doctrines increases our respect for them, but does not invalidate our proposal that they should cease to be put forward as the reasons for the precepts of civilization. On the contrary! Those historical residues have helped us to view religious teachings, as it were, as neurotic relics, and we may now argue that the time has probably come, as it does in an analytic treatment, for replacing the effects of repression by the results of the rational operation of the intellect.
  • Religion

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.
  • Secrets

We must reckon with the possibility that something in the nature of the sexual instinct itself is unfavorable to the realization of complete satisfaction.
  • Sex

Sexual love is undoubtedly one of the chief things in life, and the union of mental and bodily satisfaction in the enjoyment of love is one of its culminating peaks. Apart from a few queer fanatics, all the world knows this and conducts its life accordingly; science alone is too delicate to admit it.
  • Sex

Concerning the factors of silence, solitude and darkness, we can only say that they are actually elements in the production of the infantile anxiety from which the majority of human beings have never become quite free.
  • Solitude

We are threatened with suffering from three directions: from our own body, which is doomed to decay and dissolution and which cannot even do without pain and anxiety as warning signals; from the external world, which may rage against us with overwhelming and merciless forces of destruction; and finally from our relations to other men. The suffering which comes from this last source is perhaps more painful than any other.
  • Suffering

Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
  • Wisdom

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?
  • Women

The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
  • civilization

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.
  • accept

The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture.
  • aggression

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.
  • aloud

The goal towards which the pleasure principle impels us - of becoming happy - is not attainable: yet we may not - nay, cannot - give up the efforts to come nearer to realization of it by some means or other.
  • attainable

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?'
  • able

Obviously one must hold oneself responsible for the evil impulses of one's dreams. In what other way can one deal with them? Unless the content of the dream rightly understood is inspired by alien spirits, it is part of my own being.
  • alien

The psychoanalysis of neurotics has taught us to recognize the intimate connection between wetting the bed and the character trait of ambition.
  • ambition

A belligerent state permits itself every such misdeed, every such act of violence, as would disgrace the individual.
  • act

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
  • metaphor

One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
  • retrospect


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