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Thomas Szasz Quotes

(1920), American Psychiatrist

Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age. It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies to reduce this period to a minimum.

Category: Adulthood

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.

Category: Adulthood

The proverb warns; ''Don't bite the hand that feeds you.'' But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.

Category: Aid And Assistance

Addiction, obesity, starvation (anorexia nervosa) are political problems, not psychiatric: each condenses and expresses a contest between the individual and some other person or persons in his environment over the control of the individual's body.

Category: Body

Narcissist: psychoanalytic term for the person who loves himself more than his analyst; considered to be the manifestation of a dire mental disease whose successful treatment depends on the patient learning to love the analyst more and himself less.

Category: Conceit

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something that one finds. It is something one creates.

Category: Creation

In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined.

Category: Definition

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.

Category: Doubt

It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self. If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable. If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish.

Category: Duty

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.

Category: Education

Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.

Category: Excuses

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the na´ve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.

Category: Forgiveness

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

Category: Happiness

We achieve ''active'' mastery over illness and death by delegating all responsibility for their management to physicians, and by exiling the sick and the dying to hospitals. But hospitals serve the convenience of staff not patients: we cannot be properly ill in a hospital, nor die in one decently; we can do so only among those who love and value us. The result is the institutionalized dehumanization of the ill, characteristic of our age.

Category: Hospitals

Men are afraid to rock the boat in which they hope to drift safely through life's currents, when, actually, the boat is stuck on a sandbar. They would be better off to rock the boat and try to shake it loose, or, better still, jump in the water and swim for the shore.

Category: Insecurity