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

It might be said of psychoanalysis that if you give it your little finger, it will soon have your whole hand.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on acceptance, needs, religion, and weakness

When a man has once brought himself to accept uncritically all the absurdities that religious doctrines put before him and even to overlook the contradictions between them, we need not be greatly suprised at the weakness of his intellect.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Sigmund Freud, "The Future of an Illusion", 1927

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on culture, ideas, nature, necessity, needs, and religion

Religious ideas have sprung from the same need as all the other achievements of culture: from the necessity for defending itself against the crushing supremacy of nature.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion, 1927, p.34

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on contentment, dreams, evil, impulses, inspiration, responsibility, and understanding

Obviously one must hold oneself responsible for the evil impulses of one's dreams. In what other way can one deal with them? Unless the content of the dream rightly understood is inspired by alien spirits, it is part of my own being.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on illusions and science

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 (1856 - 1939)

Source: Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion, 1927

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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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