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A woman should soften but not weaken a man.

Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.

Where they love they do not desire and where they desire they do not love.

When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it.

Where does a thought go when it's forgotten?

Words have a magical power. They can either bring the greatest happiness or the deepest despair.

The paranoid is never entirely mistaken.

Knowledge is the intellectual manipulation of carefully verified observations.

A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.

The madman is a dreamer awake

My boy! Smoking is one of the greatest and cheapest enjoyments in life, and if you decide in advance not to smoke, i can only feel sorry for you.

Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.

Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.

When someone abuses me I can defend myself, but against praise I am defenceless.

The Irish are the one race for which psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever... because they already live in a dream world.

The goal of all life is death

I've been a fortunate man in life, nothing has come easily.

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.

In the depths of my heart I can’t help being convinced that my dear fellow-men, with a few exceptions, are worthless.

Love and work, work and love...that's all there is.

All giving is asking, and all asking is an asking for love.

A strong egoism is a protection.

If it's not one thing, it's your mother.

One must learn to give up momentary, uncertain and destructive pleasure for delayed, restrained, but dependable pleasure.

How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved.

Were we fully to understand the reasons for other people's behavior, it would all make sense.

Conservatism, however, is too often a welcome excuse for lazy minds, loath to adapt themselves to fast changing conditions.

Two hallmarks of a healthy life are the abilities to love and to work. Each requires imagination.

Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.

Perception is less of a recording system and more of a protection system against external stimuli.

We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love.

Dreams are constructed from the residue of yesterday.

When a love-relationship is at its height there is no room left for any interest in the environment; a pair of lovers are sufficient to themselves

Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.

The ego represents what we call reason and sanity, in contrast to the id which contains the passions.

The news that reaches your consciousness is incomplete and often not to be relied on.... Turn your eyes inward, look into your own depths, learn first to know yourself!

Perhaps the gods are kind to us, by making life more disagreeable as we grow older. In the end death seems less intolerable than the manifold burdens we carry

If you can't do it, give up!

America is a mistake, a giant mistake.

None believes in his own death. In the unconscious everyone is convinced of his own immortality.

Psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love.

Love in the form of longing and deprivation lowers the self regard.

Poets are masters of us ordinary men, in knowledge of the mind, because they drink at streams which we have not yet made accessible to science.

Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it.

The meager satisfaction that man can extract from reality leaves him starving.

Religion belonged to the infancy of humanity. Now that humanity had come of age, it should be left behind.

Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.

My love is something valuable to me which I ought not to throw away without reflection.

Where id was, there ego shall be.

The intention that man should be happy is not in the plan of Creation.

Words and magic were in the beginning one and the same thing, and even today words retain much of their magical power.

The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him. Sigmund Freud

A man's heterosexuality will not put up with any homosexuality, and vice versa.

There is no likelihood of our being able to suppress humanity's aggressive tendencies... Complete suppression of man's aggressive tendencies is not an issue; what we may try is to direct it into a channel other than that of warfare.

The ego refuses to be distressed by the provocations of reality, to let itself be compelled to suffer. It insists that it cannot be affected by the traumas of the external world; it shows, in fact, that such traumas are no more than occasions for it to gain pleasure.

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead.

In mourning it is the world which has become poor and empty; in melancholia it is the ego itself.

Instinct of love toward an object demands a mastery to obtain it, and if a person feels they can't control the object or feel threatened by it, they act negatively toward it.

We find a place for what we lose. Although we know that after such a loss the acute stage of mourning will subside, we also know that we shall remain inconsolable and will never find a substitute. No matter what may fill the gap, even if it be filled completely, it nevertheless remains something else.

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Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength. - Sigmund Freud  download
We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love. - Sigmund Freud  download
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. - Sigmund Freud  download
We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its love. - Sigmund Freud  download
A man's heterosexuality will not put up with any homosexuality, and vice versa. - Sigmund Freud  download
Words and magic were in the beginning one and the same thing, and even today words retain much of their magical power. - Sigmund Freud  download
The meager satisfaction that man can extract from reality leaves him starving. - Sigmund Freud  download
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  download
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. - Sigmund Freud  download
Conservatism, however, is too often a welcome excuse for lazy minds, loath to adapt themselves to fast changing conditions. - Sigmund Freud  download
The ego refuses to be distressed by the provocations of reality, to let itself be compelled to suffer. It insists that it cannot be affected by the traumas of the external world; it shows, in fact, that such traumas are no more than occasions for it to gain pleasure. - Sigmund Freud  download
Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity. - Sigmund Freud  download
If there are quarrels between the parents or if their marriage is unhappy, the ground will be prepared in their children for the severest predisposition to a disturbance of sexual development or to neurotic illness. - Sigmund Freud  download
Maturity is the ability to postpone gratification. - Sigmund Freud  download
If it's not one thing, it's your mother. - Sigmund Freud  download
One must learn to give up momentary, uncertain and destructive pleasure for delayed, restrained, but dependable pleasure. - Sigmund Freud  download
There is a psychological technique which makes it possible to interpret dreams, and ... if that procedure is employed, every dream reveals itself as a psychical structure which has a meaning and which can be inserted at an assignable point in the mental activities of waking life. - Sigmund Freud  download
Were we fully to understand the reasons for other people's behavior, it would all make sense. - Sigmund Freud  download
Perhaps the gods are kind to us, by making life more disagreeable as we grow older. In the end death seems less intolerable than the manifold burdens we carry - Sigmund Freud  download
The news that reaches your consciousness is incomplete and often not to be relied on.... Turn your eyes inward, look into your own depths, learn first to know yourself! - Sigmund Freud  download

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