Born Tuesday 6 May 1856, died Saturday 23 September 1939
Professions: Philosopher, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Scientist
The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.
Like the physical, the psychical is not necessarily in reality what it appears to us to be.
Sadism is all right in its place, but it should be directed to proper ends.
The psychical, whatever its nature may be, is itself unconscious.
Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake.
The psychoanalysis of neurotics has taught us to recognize the intimate connection between wetting the bed and the character trait of ambition.
Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity.
We have long observed that every neurosis has the result, and therefore probably the purpose, of forcing the patient out of real life, of alienating him from actuality.
The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.
The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
Incidentally, why was it that none of all the pious ever discovered psycho-analysis? Why did it have to wait for a completely godless Jew?
The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.
Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to talking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young.
Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs, he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on him and they still give him much trouble at times.
Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it.
We believe that civilization has been created under the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost of satisfaction of the instincts.
The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.
The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture.
Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
Where id was, there ego shall be.