Sigmund Freud Quotes


63 Sigmund Freud quotes:



"Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock."
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes Austrian Psychologist Quotes
"When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature"
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Choice Quotes
"The first human being who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization."
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"One... gets an impression that civilization is something which was imposed on a resisting majority by a minority which understood how to obtain possession of the means to power and coercion. It is, of course, natural to assume that these difficulties are not inherent in the nature of civilization itself but are determined by the imperfections of the cultural forms which have so far been developed."
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"...the first man to use abusive language instead of his fists was the founder of civilization."
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"No matter how much restriction civilization imposes on the individual, he nevertheless finds some way to circumvent it. Wit is the best safety valve modern man has evolved; the more civilization, the more repression, the more need there is for wit."
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"One... gets an impression that civilization is something which was imposed on a resisting majority by a minority which understood how to obtain possession of the means to power and coercion. It is, of course, natural to assume that these difficulties are not inherent in the nature of civilization itself but are determined by the imperfections of the cultural forms which have so far been developed."
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"the first man to use abusive language instead of his fists was the founder of civilization."
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind. Why this has to happen, we do not know; the work of Eros is precisely this."
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Civilization Quotes
"It would be one of the greatest triumphs of humanity, one of the most tangible liberations from the constraints of nature to which mankind is subject, if we could succeed in raising the responsible act of procreating children to the level of a deliberate and intentional activity and in freeing it from its entanglement with the necessary satisfaction of a natural need."
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Humanity Quotes Procreation Quotes
"It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggression."
"The impression forces itself upon one that men measure by false standards, that everyone seeks power, success, riches for himself, and admires others who attain them, while undervaluing the truly precious thing in life."
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Illusion Quotes
"Sublimation of instinct is an especially conspicuous feature of cultural development; it is what makes it possible for higher psychical activities, scientific, artistic or ideological, to play such an important part in civilized life. If one were to yield to a first impression, one would say that sublimation is a vicissitude which has been forced upon the instincts entirely by civilization. But it would be wiser to reflect upon this a little longer. In the third place, finally, and this seems the most important of all, it is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built up upon a renunciation of instinct, how much it presupposes precisely the non-satisfaction (by suppression, repression or some other means?) of powerful instincts. This ‘cultural frustration’ dominates the large field of social relationships between human beings;we know already that it is the cause of the antagonism against which all civilization has to fight."
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Instinct Quotes
"One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be 'happy'' is not included in the plan of ''Creation.''"
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Intention Quotes
"One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be happy is not included in the plan of Creation. . . We are so made that we can derive intense enjoyment only from a contrast and very little from a state of things."
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Intention Quotes
"One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be ''happy'' is not included in the plan of ''Creation.''"
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Happiness Quotes
"Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another"
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Men Quotes
"The analytic psychotherapist thus has a threefold battle to wage -- in his own mind against the forces which seek to drag him down from the analytic level; outside the analysis, against opponents who dispute the importance he attaches to the sexual instinctual forces and hinder him from making use of them in his scientific technique; and inside the analysis, against his patients, who at first behave like opponents but later on reveal the overvaluation of sexual life which dominates them, and who try to make him captive to their socially untamed passion."
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Mind Quotes Psychoanalysis Quotes
"I do not think our successes can compete with those of Lourdes. There are so many more people who believe in the miracles of the Blessed Virgin than in the existence of the unconscious."
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Miracles Quotes
"Psychoanalysis is for hysterical pathological cases, not for silly rich American women who should be learning how to darn socks"
Author: Freud Quotes Category: Learning Quotes



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