Sigmund Freud

1856 - 1939

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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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 choice, decisions, life, nature, and needs

When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on civilization, education, fear, motives, people, and religion

Civilization has little to fear from educated people and brain-workers. In them the replacement of religious motives for civilized behaviours by other, secular motives, would proceed unobtrusively. . . .

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Sigmund Freud, 1927

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on egotism

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The ego is not master in its own house.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: A Difficulty in the Path of Psycho-Analysis (1917)

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