SIGMUND FREUD FAMOUS QUOTES

 

 

Discover the most famous quotes and proverbs of SIGMUND FREUD, doctor and neurologist, the father of psychoanalysis.


SIGMUND FREUD


 

 

All perverse tendencies have their roots in childhood.
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In the beginning was action.
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By joking you can tell everything, even the truth.
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Man is rarely quite good or quite bad.
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Making life bearable is the first duty of the living.
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The impression of being deceived by grown-ups contributes greatly to the child's isolation.
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The child's sexual interest is primarily concerned with the problem of knowing where children come from: To say that it is the stork that brings them in is welcomed, more often than we think, with suspicion.
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The act of sucking the mother's breast becomes the starting point of the whole sexual life.
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Similar to hunger in general, libido refers to the strength with which sexual instinct manifests itself, just as hunger refers to the strength with which the instinct to absorb food manifests itself.
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You may dream of drinks, but when you are really thirsty, you have to wake up to drink.
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The child loves himself first of all; he only learns to love others later.
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Desire is the most frequent creator of dreams. The people the child seems to love from the beginning, he only loves them because he needs them. Sexual need, far from uniting men, divides them.
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Excess is part of the very nature of the celebration.
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The joyful disposition is produced by the permission granted to do what is forbidden.
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A party is a permitted or even ordered excess.
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Great things can manifest themselves in small signs.
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Touching is the beginning of any attempt to grab a person.
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Man has the dangerous ability to encourage others to follow his example.
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Death is the most serious misfortune that can strike man.
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Sexual satisfaction is above all a private, individual matter.
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When private property is abolished, all common wealth is returned and everyone can participate in the pleasures it brings, the malevolence and hostility that prevails among men will disappear. As all needs will be met, no one will have any reason to see an enemy in others, all will voluntarily submit to the necessity of work.
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Rivalry is not necessarily hostile.
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Each of us comes to see only illusions in the hopes placed in his youth in his fellow men, and as such to abandon them; each of us can experience how much the malevolence of his neighbor makes his life painful and painful.
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Men are strong, as long as they defend a strong idea; they become powerless, as soon as they want to oppose it.
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If we accept as an experimental fact, without exception, that everything that lives returns to the inorganic state, dies for internal reasons, we can say: the end towards which all life tends is death.
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The normal character of sexual life is ensured by the conjunction towards the sexual object and purpose of two currents, that of tenderness and that of sensuality.
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Think of the sad contrast between the radiant intelligence of a healthy child and the mental weakness of an average adult.
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The unconscious is the psychic itself and its essential reality.
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In the times that we can call pre-scientific, men were not embarrassed to explain the dream.
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You know how to bring the expression of the object so closely together that the finest details of it become perceptible, and that we believe we can grasp relationships and qualities that until now have absolutely never been expressed through language.
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We are never so poorly protected from suffering as when we love, never more irretrievably unhappy than when we have lost the loved one and his love.
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Who is born melancholic heads sadness in every event.
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In the Solomon Islands, once married, the man should no longer see or talk to his mother-in-law. When he meets her, he pretends not to know her and starts running as fast as possible to hide.
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The question of the purpose of human life has been asked countless times; it has never yet received a satisfactory answer. Perhaps it does not have any.
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We always insist on the occasional nature of death: accident, illness, infection, deep old age, thus clearly revealing our tendency to deprive death of any character of necessity, to make it a purely accidental event.
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We know, indeed, that by joking we can tell everything, even the truth.
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Making life bearable is the first duty of the living.
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Man is rarely quite good or bad, most often good in one relationship, bad in another or good in another circumstance and in another, frankly bad.
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The function of the dream is to be the guardian of sleep, whether it results from the encounter of two opposing tendencies, one of which, the need for sleep, remains constant, while the other seeks to satisfy a psychological excitement.
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The repression of an intention to say something is the essential condition for a slip of the tongue.
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All metals have the magical power to attract others; paper is carried away by the wind. You know I've become superstitious. The reason is terribly austere and dark; a small superstition has some charm.
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The interpretation of dreams is the royal path that leads to the knowledge of the unconscious in psychic life.
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The self is not master in its own house.
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After the patient has told his story for the first time, we invite him to surrender himself completely to the thoughts that arise in him and to share, without any critical reserve, what comes to his mind.
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A task that frequently falls to us is the interpretation of dreams, i.e. the translation of the content of the recalled dream into its hidden meaning.
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In psychoanalysis, the patient contributes his conscious efforts against his resistance, because he has an advantage to expect from the examination: healing; the criminal on the other hand does not cooperate with you, he would work against his whole self.
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We cannot renounce anything, we are only replacing one thing with another; what seems to be a renunciation is in reality a substitute formation or a substitute.
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Dissatisfied desires are the driving forces of fantasies, and each particular fantasy is the fulfillment of a desire, a correction of unsatisfactory reality.
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No one can be satisfied with having made a word of mind for himself.
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The intention of the mind trait is to produce pleasure.
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Religious ideas fulfil the oldest, strongest and most pressing wishes of humanity.
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By strongly fixing its followers to psychic infantilism and sharing a collective delirium with them, religion succeeds in sparing many human beings an individual neurosis.
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What is essentially new in my theory is the idea that memory is present, not just once, but several times, and that it consists of various kinds of signs.
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I avoided you with a kind of fear of meeting my double. Your sensitivity to the truths of the unconscious, to the impulsive nature of man, all this awakened in me a strange feeling of familiarity.
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The analysis does not have to make morbid reactions impossible but to give the patient's self the possibility to decide for this or that.
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The dreamer does not decipher the meaning of his dreams any more than the hysterical penetrates the meaning of his symptoms.
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But before waking up there is a dream that always has the same content, namely, that I drink. I drink water to the full, I find it delicious, as only a cold drink can be when you're thirsty, and then I wake up and I have to go drink for good. What triggers this simple dream is thirst, which I do perceive when I wake up.
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When the man took the vertical position and reduced his sense of smell, it was not only his anal eroticism that almost fell victim to organic repression, but all his sexuality.
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The desire to make the sexual object suffer - or the opposite feeling, the desire to make oneself suffer - is the most frequent and important form of perversion of all
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The dreamer has at his disposal the mode of symbolic expression that he neither knows nor recognizes in the state of wakefulness.
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A symptom forms as a substitution for something that has not been able to manifest itself externally.
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I looked for therapy, I didn't want to start a religion.
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I envy physicists and mathematicians who are sure of their actions. I'm hovering, so to speak, in the air. Psychic facts seem unmeasurable and will probably always remain so
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The game is almost won if we can transform the miseries of hysteria into ordinary misfortunes.
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The parental love that is moving and deep down so childish is nothing more than the narcissism of the resurrected parents...
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Hold on tight to the ramp of sexuality or you would fall into the trash of occultism.
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The imprecision with which the language uses the term "love" is genetically justified.
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What attached me to Judaism was not faith... but... the clear awareness of an inner identity, the intimate feeling of the same psychological construction.
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But, Your Honor, it is not true that I borrowed this teapot from my neighbour; moreover, it already had a hole when he lent it to me, and, in the end, it was in perfect condition when I returned it to him.
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I believe in external (real) chance but I do not believe in internal (psychological) chance. It is the opposite of superstitious.
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The willingness of children to have a polymorphic perversion can be considered as the source of many of our virtues.
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The worst selfish person is the one who never thought he could be one.
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Our conscience, far from being the relentless judge of which moralists speak, is, by its origins, "social anguish" and nothing more.
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Self-analysis is really impossible.... If it were otherwise, there would be no disease.
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Sometimes a cigar is nothing more than a cigar.
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The big question... to which I was unable to answer... is: - "What does the woman want?"
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Every successful dream is a fulfillment of the desire to sleep.
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The energetic and successful man is the one who succeeds in transforming the fantasies of desire into reality.
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If you want to be able to support life, be ready to accept death!
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If humanity were able to learn through direct observation of children, I could have saved myself the trouble of writing this book.
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Humour has not only something liberating, but also something sublime and elevated.
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Sexual activity was first based on a life-saving function, from which she became independent.
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Individual freedom is by no means a cultural product.
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Happiness is a child's dream come true in adulthood.
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Basically, no one believes in their own death, and in their unconscious, everyone is convinced of their immortality.
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What characterizes all perversions is that they ignore the essential purpose of sexuality, that is, procreation.
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The joy of satisfying an instinct that has remained wild is incomparably more intense than the joy of satisfying a tamed instinct.
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Civilization is something imposed on a recalcitrant majority by a minority that has understood how to appropriate the means of power and coercion.
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The devil is nothing more than the embodiment of repressed erotic anal impulses.
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The maintenance of civilization offers the possibility of obtaining from each new generation a new transformation of inclinations, a condition for a better civilization.
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The normal character of sexual life is ensured by the conjunction towards the object and the sexual purpose of two currents, that of tenderness and that of sensuality.
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The dream is the satisfaction of a desire.
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Women, who are not very capable of sublimation, suffer from an overflow of libido.
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Sudden thoughts arise from which we do not know where they come from: we are not able to drive them away either.
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A party is a permitted or even ordered excess.
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The unconscious is expressed at the infinitive.
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You don't become a pervert, you remain one.
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Psychoanalysis by itself is neither for or against religion; it is the impartial instrument that can serve both the clergy and the secular world when it is used only to free people from their suffering.
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If we cannot see clearly, we want, at the very least, to see the obscurities clearly.
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The qualities of the sexual object, we will name them: exciting.
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Women are the black continent.
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Humour is not resigned, it defies.
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If freely chosen, any profession becomes a source of particular joy, as it allows us to take advantage of emotional inclinations and instinctive energies.
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At the beginning of time, words and magic were one and the same thing.
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When I am attacked, I can defend myself; but in the face of praise, I am helpless.
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Accumulation puts an end to the impression of chance.
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Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
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Plato said that the good ones are those who are content to dream what the bad guys actually do.
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Never being born is ideal for mortals! But barely if it happens to one in a hundred thousand!
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Indeed, analysis cannot tell us anything about the elucidation of the artistic gift, and the revelation of the means used by the artist to work, the unveiling of the artistic technique, is also not within his competence.
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The respect we wish to obtain from man for his fellow human beings is only a special case of the respect he should feel for all forms of life.
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... the man of belief and piety is eminently protected against the danger of certain neurotic disorders; the adoption of universal neurosis exempts him from the task of forming a personal neurosis.
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Only believers who ask science to replace the catechism they have renounced will have a negative view of a scientist pursuing and developing or even changing his ideas.
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It is always possible to bind a fairly large crowd of men together in love, if only there are still others to whom to show aggression.
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No, science is not an illusion. But it would be an illusion to believe that we can find elsewhere what it cannot give us.
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It seems to me indisputable that the idea of "beauty" has its roots in sexual excitement, and that originally it does not mean anything other than what sexually excites.
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We are never so poorly protected from suffering as when we love.
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We know how to give up nothing. We only know how to exchange one thing for another.
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Forgotten memories are not lost.
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Great things can manifest themselves in small signs.
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The dream is the guardian of sleep.
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The devil is still the best subterfuge to exonerate God.
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Consciousness is the consequence of renouncing impulses.
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The origin of neuroses is to be found in traumas that appeared during childhood.
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Education must seek its way between the Scylla of laissez-faire and the Charybdis of prohibition.
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There are infinitely more men who accept civilization as hypocritical than there are truly and truly civilized men.
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No matter how you do it, you always do it wrong.
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Others always play the role of a role model, object, partner or opponent in the life of the individual.
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After thirty years of studying female psychology, I still haven't found an answer to the big question: What exactly do they want?
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The first human being to throw an insult, rather than a stone, is the founder of civilization