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“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
Sigmund Freud
“We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love.”
Sigmund Freud
“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”
Sigmund Freud
“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.”
Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”
Sigmund Freud
“In so doing, the idea forces itself upon him that religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis, and he is optimistic enough to suppose that mankind will surmount this neurotic phase, just as so many children grow out of their similar neurosis.”
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion (The Standard Edition)
“Religious doctrines … are all illusions, they do not admit of proof, and no one can be compelled to consider them as true or to believe in them.”
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion (The Standard Edition)
“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.”
Sigmund Freud, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
“Religion is an attempt to get control over the sensory world, in which we are placed, by means of the wish-world, which we have developed inside us as a result of biological and psychological necessities. But it cannot achieve its end. Its doctrines carry with them the stamp of the times in which they originated, the ignorant childhood days of the human race. Its consolations deserve no trust. Experience teaches us that the world is not a nursery. The ethical commands, to which religion seeks to lend its weight, require some other foundations instead, for human society cannot do without them, and it is dangerous to link up obedience to them with religious belief. If one attempts to assign to religion its place in man’s evolution, it seems not so much to be a lasting acquisition, as a parallel to the neurosis which the civilized individual must pass through on his way from childhood to maturity.”
Sigmund Freud, Moses and Monotheism
“It sounds like a fairy-tale, but not only that; this story of what man by his science and practical inventions has achieved on this earth, where he first appeared as a weakly member of the animal kingdom, and on which each individual of his species must ever again appear as a helpless infant... is a direct fulfilment of all, or of most, of the dearest wishes in his fairy-tales. All these possessions he has acquired through culture. Long ago he formed an ideal conception of omnipotence and omniscience which he embodied in his gods. Whatever seemed unattainable to his desires - or forbidden to him - he attributed to these gods. One may say, therefore, that these gods were the ideals of his culture. Now he has himself approached very near to realizing this ideal, he has nearly become a god himself. But only, it is true, in the way that ideals are usually realized in the general experience of humanity. Not completely; in some respects not at all, in others only by halves. Man has become a god by means of artificial limbs, so to speak, quite magnificent when equipped with all his accessory organs; but they do not grow on him and they still give him trouble at times... Future ages will produce further great advances in this realm of culture, probably inconceivable now, and will increase man's likeness to a god still more.”
Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
“Immorality, no less than morality, has at all times found support in religion.”
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion (The Standard Edition)
“No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion it would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere.”
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion (The Standard Edition)
“A woman should soften but not weaken a man.”
Sigmund Freud
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“Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have , so to speak , pawned a part of their narcissism.”
Sigmund Freud
“In the depths of my heart I can’t help being convinced that my dear fellow-men, with a few exceptions, are worthless.”
Sigmund Freud, Letters of Sigmund Freud, 1873-1939
“It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.”
Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”
Sigmund Freud
“Religion is a system of wishful illusions together with a disavowal of reality, such as we find nowhere else but in a state of blissful hallucinatory confusion. Religion's eleventh commandment is "Thou shalt not question.”
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion (The Standard Edition)
“Where the questions of religion are concerned people are guilty of every possible kind of insincerity and intellectual misdemeanor.”
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion (The Standard Edition)
“Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.”
Sigmund Freud, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
“Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.”
Sigmund Freud
“Life, as we find it, is too hard for us; it brings us too many pains, disappointments and impossible tasks. In order to bear it we cannot dispense with palliative measures... There are perhaps three such measures: powerful deflections, which cause us to make light of our misery; substitutive satisfactions, which diminish it; and intoxicating substances, which make us insensible to it.”
Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
“The madman is a dreamer awake”
Sigmund Freud
“Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student; words enable the orator to sway his audience and dictate its decisions. Words are capable of arousing the strongest emotions and prompting all men's actions.”
Sigmund Freud
“He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.”
Sigmund Freud
“America is a mistake, a giant mistake.”
Sigmund Freud
“Where does a thought go when it's forgotten?”
Sigmund Freud
“Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.”
Sigmund Freud
“The behavior of a human being in sexual matters is often a prototype for the whole of his other modes of reaction in life.”
Sigmund Freud, Sexuality and the Psychology of Love
“The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life.”
Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

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