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Obviously one must hold oneself responsible for the evil impulses of one's dreams. In what other way can one deal with them? Unless the content of the dream rightly understood is inspired by alien spirits, it is part of my own being.
Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.
Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it.
The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture.
A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.
Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another.
I have found little that is 'good' about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or to none at all. That is something that you cannot say aloud, or perhaps even think.
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.
One is very crazy when in love.
Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity.
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?
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.
The goal towards which the pleasure principle impels us - of becoming happy - is not attainable: yet we may not - nay, cannot - give up the efforts to come nearer to realization of it by some means or other.
The psychical, whatever its nature may be, is itself unconscious.
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.
America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
Where id was, there ego shall be.
A belligerent state permits itself every such misdeed, every such act of violence, as would disgrace the individual.
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.
Anatomy is destiny.
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.
The ego is not master in its own house.
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