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)
Contributed by: Zaady
. . . most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
Source: Civilization and Its Discontents.
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.
Source: Civilization and its Discontents
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
Where id was, there shall ego be.
Source: a lecture
A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes, but to get into accord with them; they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.
The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.
Source: The Future of an Illusion
The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief.
The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.
Source: Civilization and Its Discontents, chapter 3 (1930)
The goal of all life is death.
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