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
Contributed by: Zaady
Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.
Source: New Introductory Lectures of Psychoanalysis
Anatomy is destiny.
The great majority of people have a strong need for authority which they can admire, to which they can submit, and which dominates and sometimes even ill-treats them.
Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
Neither in my private life nor in my writings, have I ever made a secret of being an out-and-out unbeliever.
Source: Sigmund Freud, letter to Charles Singer
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
The first human being who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
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