Sigmund Freud

1856 - 1939

A Quote by Sigmund Freud on questions, research, soul, and women

The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is 'What does a woman want?'

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: quoted in Ernest Jones' Sigmund Freud: Life and Work

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on aggression, culture, independence, instinct, and obstacles

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

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on difficulty, illusions, learning, life, men, pain, time, and youth

The time comes when each one of us has to give up as illusions the expectations which, in his youth, he pinned upon his fellow-men, and when he may learn how much difficulty and pain has been added to his life by their ill-will.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Civilization and Its Discontents, chapter 5 (1930)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on certainty, generations, love, and murder

The very emphasis of the commandment: Thou shalt not kill, makes it certain that we are descended from an endlessly long chain of generations of murderers, whose love of murder was in their blood as it is perhaps also in ours.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on losing, love, suffering, and unhappiness

We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its love.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on ethics, experience, and good

I have found little that is "good" about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or to none at all. That is something that you cannot say aloud, or perhaps even think. Letter (9 October 1918)

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Letter (9 October 1918)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on privilege

Neurosis seems to be a human privilege.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on belief, expectation, facts, life, and persistence

The expectation that every neurotic phenomenon can be cured may, I suspect, be derived from the layman's belief that the neuroses are something quite unnecessary which have no right whatever to exist. Whereas in fact they are severe, constitutionally fixed illnesses, which rarely restrict themselves to only a few attacks but persist as a rule over long periods throughout life.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on egotism and facts

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)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud

Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Civilization and Its Discontents, chapter 5 (1930)

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