Sigmund Freud

1856 - 1939

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 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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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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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on freedom, people, and responsibility

. . . most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Civilization and Its Discontents.

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on creation, happiness, inclusion, and intention

One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be 'happy' is not included in the plan of Creation.' . . . We are so made that we can derive intense enjoyment only from a contrast and very little from a state of things.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Civilization and its Discontents

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