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Sigmund Freud Quotes

(1856-1939), Austrian Physician - Founder of Psychoanalysis

America is a mistake, a giant mistake.

Category: America

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

Category: America

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

Category: Anger

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.

Category: Babies

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.

Category: Belief

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

Category: Birth

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

Category: Body

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

Category: Children

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.

Category: 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.

Category: Communism And Socialism

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

Category: Conscience

The ego is not master in its own house.

Category: Consciousness

Anatomy is destiny.

Category: Destiny

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

Category: Doctors

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.

Category: Drugs