quote by Marcel Proust

Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.

— Marcel Proust

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All failures - neurotics, psychotics, criminals, drunkards, problem children, suicides, perverts, and prostitutes - are failures because they are lacking in social interest

My basic mistake in 'The World's Greatest Lover' was that I made the leading character a neurotic kook and sent him to Hollywood. I should have made him a perfectly normal, sane, ordinary person, and sent him to Hollywood. The audience identifies with the lead character.

If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell.

A neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the air.

A psychotic is the man who lives in it. A psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent.

The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing.

Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination, consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day.

The sensitiveness claimed by neurotic is matched by their egotism: they cannot abide the flaunting by others of the sufferings to which they pay an even increasing amount of attention in themselves.

[Neurotics are] torn by inner conflicts ... Every neurotic ... is at war with himself.

We are all our own graveyards, I believe;

we squat amongst the tombs of the people we were. If we're healthy, every day is a celebration, a Day of the Dead, in which we give thanks for the lives that we lived, and if we are neurotic we brood and mourn and wish that the past was still present.

We are neurotically haunted today by the imminence, and by the ignominy, of failure. We know at how frightening a cost one succeeds: to fail is something too awful to think about.

It is said to be the manner of hypochondriacs to change often their physician.

The aim of psychoanalysis is to relieve people of their neurotic unhappiness so that they can be normally unhappy.

I have had time to analyze my feelings.

I am certain that they are totally neurotic, sexist, silly, and a big waste of time.

Everything we think of as great has come to us from neurotics.

It is they and they alone who found religions and create great works of art. The world will never realize how much it owes to them, and what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it.

Both dreams and neurotic dream-states have as their function the avoidance of displeasure, but the dream-states also serve to provide a positive pleasure gain.

The neurotic has problems; the psychotic has solutions.

Ego is a structure that is erected by a neurotic individual who is a member of a neurotic culture against the facts of the matter. And culture, which we put on like an overcoat, is the collectivized consensus about what sort of neurotic behaviors are acceptable.

If there are quarrels between the parents or if their marriage is unhappy, the ground will be prepared in their children for the severest predisposition to a disturbance of sexual development or to neurotic illness.

People look at me and go, 'You must have it made.

You have girls. You have a great life.' It's not true. I mean you pull the curtain away, and you see I'm just as insecure and neurotic and scared and vulnerable as anybody, you know.

There is a tendency to consider anything in human behavior that is unusual, not well known, or not well understood, as neurotic, psychopathic, immature, perverse, or the expression of some other sort of psychologic disturbance.

An artist has been defined as a neurotic who continually cures himeself with his art

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything.

Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

The true believer is in a high degree protected against the danger of certain neurotic afflictions; by accepting the universal neurosis he is spared the task of forming a personal neurosis.

Neurotic behavior is quite predictable. Healthy behavior is unpredictable.

A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius, but his greatest danger is always that he will not recognize when he is dull.

Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis.

The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things; the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them. In short, the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions.

Psychiatrists classify a person as neurotic if he suffers from his problems in living, and a psychotic if he makes others suffer.

One of the most dangerously vicious circles menacing the continued existence of all mankind arises through that grim striving for the highest possible position within the ranked order, in other words, the reckless pursuit of power which combines with an insatiable greed of neurotic proportions that the results of acquired power confer.

Our society allows people to be absolutely neurotic and totally out of touch with their feelings and everyone else's feelings, and yet be very respectable.

Healing the self means committing ourselves to a wholehearted willingness to be what and how we are-beings frail and fragile, strong and passionate, neurotic and balanced, diseased and whole, partial and complete, stingy and generous, twisted and straight, storm-tossed and quiescent, bound and free.

So my idea of neurotic is spending too much time trying to correct a wrong.

When I feel that I'm doing that, then I snap out of it.

...The more a person is inclined to gratitude, the less likely he or she is to be depressed, anxious, lonely, envious, or neurotic.

Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.

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.

We are a people who do not want to keep much of the past in our heads.

It is considered unhealthy in America to remember mistakes, neurotic to think about them, psychotic to dwell on them.

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