Sigmund Freud

1856 - 1939

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 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

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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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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on conflict and emotion

Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on books, contentment, and progress

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: 1933

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