Thomas Szasz Quotes

30 Thomas Szasz quotes:

"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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"Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; love by love."
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"If he who breaks the law is not punished, he who obeys it is cheated. This, and this alone, is why lawbreakers ought to be punished: to authenticate as good, and to encourage as useful, law-abiding behavior. The aim of criminal law cannot be correction or deterrence; it can only be the maintenance of the legal order."
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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."
"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."
"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."
"Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage."
"He who does not accept and respect those who want to reject life does not truly accept and respect life itself."
"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."
"There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography."
"In the past men created witches: now they create mental patients."
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"A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power."
"If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia."
"Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; and love by love."
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"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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"When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him."
"Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence."

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