Thomas Szasz Quotes

30 Thomas Szasz quotes:

"Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults."
"If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; if God talks to you, you are a schizophrenic."
"There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography."
"No further evidence is needed to show that 'mental illness' is not the name of a biological condition whose nature awaits to be elucidated, but is the name of a concept whose purpose is to obscure the obvious."
"In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined."
"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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"In the past men created witches: now they create mental patients."
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"Men are rewarded or punished not for what they do but for how their acts are defined. That is why men are more interested in better justifying themselves than in better behaving themselves."
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"In the past, men created witches; now they create mental patients."
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"Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; love by love."
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