Thomas Szasz Quotes


30 Thomas Szasz quotes:



"Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all."
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"Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; and love by love."
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"Masturbation: the primary sexual activity of mankind. In the nineteenth century it was a disease; in the twentieth, it's a cure."
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"Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis. The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things; the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them. In short, the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions."
"The proverb warns that 'You should not bite the hand that feeds you.' But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself."
"A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power."
"Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is."
"A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong."
"Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence."
"Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse."
"Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age. It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies to reduce this period to a minimum."
"If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia."
"Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage."
"When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him."
"Psychiatric expert testimony: mendacity masquerading as medicine."
"He who does not accept and respect those who want to reject life does not truly accept and respect life itself."
"People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates."
"Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults."
"It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self. If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable. If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish."
"Narcissist: psychoanalytic term for the person who loves himself more than his analyst; considered to be the manifestation of a dire mental disease whose successful treatment depends on the patient learning to love the analyst more and himself less."



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