Sigmund Freud

1856 - 1939

A Quote by Sigmund Freud

"Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise."

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on complexes, psychology, acceptance, and self

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

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on experience, present, past, future, vantage points, and distance

In general people experience their present naively, as it were, without being able to form an estimate of its contents; they have first to put themselves at a distance from it - the present, that is to say, must have become the past - before it can yield points of vantage from which to judge the future. 

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: The Future of an Illusion

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on religion, desire, civilization, ethics, progress, reason, and superego

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.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: The Future of an Illusion.

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on spirit, life, development, and breath

Man found that he was faced with the acceptance of "spiritual" forces, that is to say such forces as cannot be comprehended by the senses, particularly not by sight, and yet having undoubted, even extremely strong, effects. If we may trust to language, it was the movement of the air that provided the image of spirituality, since the spirit borrows its name from the breath of wind (animus, spiritus, Hebrew: ruach = smoke). The idea of the soul was thus born as the spiritual principle in the individual ... Now the realm of spirits had opened for man, and he was ready to endow everything in nature with the soul he had discovered in himself.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Moses and Monotheism

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on religion, civilization, and meaning

If one wishes to form a true estimate of the full grandeur of religion, one must keep in mind what it undertakes to do for men. It gives them information about the source and origin of the universe, it assures them of protection and final happiness amid the changing vicissitudes of life, and it guides their thoughts and motions by means of precepts which are backed by the whole force of its authority.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: A Philosophy Of Life (lecture)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on america, future, failure, and freud

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

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Freud, to his friend Hanns Sachs

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on hostility, social collapse, threat, antipathy, and war

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

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Civilization and It's Discontents

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on hostility, social collapse, threat, antipathy, and war

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

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Civilization and It's Discontents

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on craziness, normality, average, normal, and psychosis

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.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Analysis: Terminable and Interminable 1937

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