Thomas Szasz

1920 - ?

A Quote by Thomas Szasz on humble, humility, ego, children, age, learning, self-importance, vanity, and self-esteem

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.

Thomas Szasz (1920 - ?)

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A Quote by Thomas Szasz on self

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Some people say they haven't yet found themselves. But the self is not someting one finds; it is something one creates.

Thomas Szasz (1920 - ?)

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A Quote by Thomas Szasz on adulthood and children

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.

Thomas Szasz (1920 - ?)

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A Quote by Thomas Szasz on god

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If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.

Thomas Szasz (1920 - ?)

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A Quote by Thomas Szasz on force, lies, men, men and women, people, power, privacy, sex, and women

Traditionally, sex has been a very private, secretive activity. Herein perhaps lies its powerful force for uniting people in a strong bond. As we make sex less secretive, we may rob it of its power to hold men and women together.

Thomas Szasz (1920 - ?)

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A Quote by Thomas Szasz

The self is not something that one finds, it is something that one creates

Thomas Szasz (1920 - ?)

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A Quote by Thomas Szasz on driving, love, and respect

We often speak of love when we really should be speaking of the drive to dominate or to master, so as to confirm ourselves as active agents, in controlof our own destinies and worthy of respect from others.

Thomas Szasz (1920 - ?)

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A Quote by Thomas Szasz on religion and rhetoric

The basic ingredients of psychotherapy are religion, rhetoric, and repression, which are themselves mutually overlapping categories.

Thomas Szasz (1920 - ?)

Source: The Myth of Psychotherapy, 1978.

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A Quote by Thomas Szasz on boredom, feeling, serenity, and time

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.

Thomas Szasz (1920 - ?)

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A Quote by Thomas Szasz on america, death, good, liberty, life, names, and people

Had the white settlers in North America called the natives 'Americans' instead of 'Indians', the early Americans could not have said that the 'only good Indian is a dead Indian' and could not have deprived them so easily of their lands and lands and lives. Robbing people of their proper names is often the first step in robbing them of their property, liberty, and life.

Thomas Szasz (1920 - ?)

Source: The Untamed Tongue: a Dissenting Dictionary

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