47 Sigmund Freud Quotes


1. “America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen … but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.” — SIGMUND FREUD


2. “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” — SIGMUND FREUD


3. “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” — SIGMUND FREUD


4. “Beauty has no obvious use; nor is there any clear cultural necessity for it. Yet civilization could not do without it.” — SIGMUND FREUD

5. “I had the greatest respect for the authorities of my day–until I studied things for myself, and came to my own conclusions.” — SIGMUND FREUD


6. “Immorality, no less than morality, has at all times found support in religion.” — SIGMUND FREUD


7. “Maturity is the ability to postpone gratification.” — SIGMUND FREUD


8. “One must learn to give up momentary, uncertain and destructive pleasure for delayed, restrained, but dependable pleasure.” — SIGMUND FREUD


9. “A woman should soften but not weaken a man.” — SIGMUND FREUD


10. “Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student; words enable the orator to sway his audience and dictate its decisions. Words are capable of arousing the strongest emotions and prompting all men’s actions.” — SIGMUND FREUD


11. “Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.” — SIGMUND FREUD


12. “Religion is a system of wishful illusions together with a disavowal of reality, such as we find nowhere else but in a state of blissful hallucinatory confusion. Religion’s eleventh commandment is “Thou shalt not question.” — SIGMUND FREUD


13. “If you want your wife to listen to you, then talk to another woman; she will be all ears.” — SIGMUND FREUD


14. “What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.” — SIGMUND FREUD


15. “Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” — SIGMUND FREUD


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16. “Let us consider the polarity of love and hate- Now, clinical observation shows not only that love is with unexpected regularity accompanied by hate, and not only that in human relationships hate is frequently a forerunner of love, but also that in many circumstances hate changes into love and love into hate.” — SIGMUND FREUD


17. “Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have , so to speak , pawned a part of their narcissism.” — SIGMUND FREUD


18. “It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.” — SIGMUND FREUD


19. “I prefer the company of animals more than the company of humans. Certainly, a wild animal is cruel. But to be merciless is the privilege of civilized humans.” — SIGMUND FREUD


20. “It is that we are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never no helplessly unhappy as when we have lost our loved object of its love.” — SIGMUND FREUD


21. “Thinking is an experimental dealing with small quantities of energy, just as a general moves miniature figures over a map before setting his troops in action.” — SIGMUND FREUD


22. “The intention that man should be happy is not in the plan of Creation.” — SIGMUND FREUD


23. “Life, as we find it, is too hard for us; it brings us too many pains, disappointments and impossible tasks. In order to bear it we cannot dispense with palliative measures… There are perhaps three such measures: powerful deflections, which cause us to make light of our misery; substitutive satisfactions, which diminish it; and intoxicating substances, which make us insensible to it.” — SIGMUND FREUD


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24. “We are what we are because we have been what we have been.” — SIGMUND FREUD


25. “He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.” — SIGMUND FREUD


26. “Where does a thought go when it’s forgotten?” — SIGMUND FREUD


27. “The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing. Ultimately, after endlessly repeated rebuffs, it succeeds. This is one of the few points in which it may be optimistic about the future of mankind, but in itself it signifies not a little.” — SIGMUND FREUD


28. “It would be very nice if there were a God who created the world and was a benevolent providence, and if there were a moral order in the universe and an after-life; but it is a very striking fact that all this is exactly as we are bound to wish it to be.” — SIGMUND FREUD


29. “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” — SIGMUND FREUD


30. “A man like me cannot live without a hobby-horse, a consuming passion — in Schiller’s words a tyrant. I have found my tyrant, and in his service I know no limits. My tyrant is psychology. It has always been my distant, beckoning goal and now since I have hit upon the neuroses, it has come so much the nearer.” — SIGMUND FREUD


31. “We choose not randomly each other. We meet only those who already exists in our subconscious.” — SIGMUND FREUD


32. “The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.” — SIGMUND FREUD


33. “Human beings are funny. They long to be with the person they love but refuse to admit openly. Some are afraid to show even the slightest sign of affection because of fear. Fear that their feelings may not be recognized, or even worst, returned. But one thing about human beings puzzles me the most is their conscious effort to be connected with the object of their affection even if it kills them slowly within.” — SIGMUND FREUD


34. “In the small matters trust the mind, in the large ones the heart.” — SIGMUND FREUD


35. “Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.” — SIGMUND FREUD


36. “When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it.” — SIGMUND FREUD



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37. “I like to avoid concessions to faint-heartedness. One can never tell where that road may lead one; one gives way first in words, and then little by little in substance too.” — SIGMUND FREUD


38. “He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.” — SIGMUND FREUD


39. “A person who feels pleasure in producing pain in someone else in a sexual relationship is also capable of enjoying as pleasure any pain which he may himself derive from sexual relations. A sadist is always at the same time a masochist.” — SIGMUND FREUD


40. “Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.” — SIGMUND FREUD


41. “It goes without saying that a civilization which leaves so large a number of its participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.” — SIGMUND FREUD


42. “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” — SIGMUND FREUD


43. “The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.” — SIGMUND FREUD


44. “The only person with whom you have to compare ourselves, is that you in the past. And the only person better you should be, this is who you are now.” — SIGMUND FREUD


45. “I cannot face with comfort the idea of life without work; work and the free play of the imagination are for me the same thing, I take no pleasure in anything else.” — SIGMUND FREUD


46. “The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is “What does a woman want?”” — SIGMUND FREUD


47. “From error to error one discovers the entire truth.” — SIGMUND FREUD


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