Who is Dr. Sigmund Freud
Dr. Sigismund Freud (later changed to Sigmund) was a neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, who created an entirely new approach to the understanding of the human personality. He is regarded as one of the most influential—and controversial—minds of the 20th century.
In 1873, Freud began to study medicine at the University of Vienna. After graduating, he worked at the Vienna General Hospital. He collaborated with Josef Breuer in treating hysteria by the recall of painful experiences under hypnosis. In 1885, Freud went to Paris as a student of the neurologist Jean Charcot. On his return to Vienna the following year, Freud set up in private practice, specializing in nervous and brain disorders. The same year he married Martha Bernays, with whom he had six children.
Sigmund Freud Quotes
1. One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
2. Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
3. Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
4. Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.
5. We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love.
6. Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.
7. He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
8. Where does a thought go when it’s forgotten?
9. A woman should soften but not weaken a man.
10. Religious doctrines … are all illusions, they do not admit of proof, and no one can be compelled to consider them as true or to believe in them.
11. In so doing, the idea forces itself upon him that religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis, and he is optimistic enough to suppose that mankind will surmount this neurotic phase, just as so many children grow out of their similar neurosis.
12. Religion is an attempt to get control over the sensory world, in which we are placed, by means of the wish-world, which we have developed inside us as a result of biological and psychological necessities. But it cannot achieve its end. Its doctrines carry with them the stamp of the times in which they originated, the ignorant childhood days of the human race. Its consolations deserve no trust. Experience teaches us that the world is not a nursery. The ethical commands, to which religion seeks to lend its weight, require some other foundations instead, for human society cannot do without them, and it is dangerous to link up obedience to them with religious belief. If one attempts to assign to religion its place in man’s evolution, it seems not so much to be a lasting acquisition, as a parallel to the neurosis which the civilized individual must pass through on his way from childhood to maturity.
13. It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.
14. In the depths of my heart I can’t help being convinced that my dear fellow-men, with a few exceptions, are worthless.
15. Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.
16. Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have , so to speak , pawned a part of their narcissism.
17. Immorality, no less than morality, has at all times found support in religion.
18. It sounds like a fairy-tale, but not only that; this story of what man by his science and practical inventions has achieved on this earth, where he first appeared as a weakly member of the animal kingdom, and on which each individual of his species must ever again appear as a helpless infant… is a direct fulfilment of all, or of most, of the dearest wishes in his fairy-tales. All these possessions he has acquired through culture. Long ago he formed an ideal conception of omnipotence and omniscience which he embodied in his gods. Whatever seemed unattainable to his desires – or forbidden to him – he attributed to these gods. One may say, therefore, that these gods were the ideals of his culture. Now he has himself approached very near to realizing this ideal, he has nearly become a god himself. But only, it is true, in the way that ideals are usually realized in the general experience of humanity. Not completely; in some respects not at all, in others only by halves. Man has become a god by means of artificial limbs, so to speak, quite magnificent when equipped with all his accessory organs; but they do not grow on him and they still give him trouble at times… Future ages will produce further great advances in this realm of culture, probably inconceivable now, and will increase man’s likeness to a god still more.
19. No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion it would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere.
20. The madman is a dreamer awake
21. Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student; words enable the orator to sway his audience and dictate its decisions. Words are capable of arousing the strongest emotions and prompting all men’s actions.
22. Life, as we find it, is too hard for us; it brings us too many pains, disappointments and impossible tasks. In order to bear it we cannot dispense with palliative measures… There are perhaps three such measures: powerful deflections, which cause us to make light of our misery; substitutive satisfactions, which diminish it; and intoxicating substances, which make us insensible to it.
23. Religion is a system of wishful illusions together with a disavowal of reality, such as we find nowhere else but in a state of blissful hallucinatory confusion. Religion’s eleventh commandment is “Thou shalt not question.
24. Human beings are funny. They long to be with the person they love but refuse to admit openly. Some are afraid to show even the slightest sign of affection because of fear. Fear that their feelings may not be recognized, or even worst, returned. But one thing about human beings puzzles me the most is their conscious effort to be connected with the object of their affection even if it kills them slowly within.
25. Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
26. The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life.
27. Where the questions of religion are concerned people are guilty of every possible kind of insincerity and intellectual misdemeanor.
28. He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.
29. It is that we are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so helplessly unhappy as when we have lost our loved object or its love.
30. The behavior of a human being in sexual matters is often a prototype for the whole of his other modes of reaction in life.
31. 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.
32. Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to taking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young.
33. Beauty has no obvious use; nor is there any clear cultural necessity for it. Yet civilization could not do without it.
34. My love is something valuable to me which I ought not to throw away without reflection.
35. The intention that man should be happy is not in the plan of Creation.
36. Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.
37. Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.
38. The creative writer does the same as the child at play; he creates a world of fantasy which he takes very seriously.
39. What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
40. Properly speaking, the unconscious is the real psychic; its inner nature is just as unknown to us as the reality of the external world, and it is just as imperfectly reported to us through the data of consciousness as is the external world through the indications of our sensory organs.
41. The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief.
42. Loneliness and darkness have just robbed me of my valuables.
43. Where id is, there shall ego be
44. The interpretation of Dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind
45. 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.
46. Poets are masters of us ordinary men, in knowledge of the mind,
because they drink at streams which we have not yet made accessible to science.
47. The ego is not master in its own house.
48. When a love-relationship is at its height there is no room left for any interest in the environment; a pair of lovers are sufficient to themselves
49. Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea,they become powerless when they oppose it.
50. A love that does not discriminate seems to me to forfeit a part of its own value, by doing an injustice to its object; and secondly, not all men are worthy of love.
51. Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
52. Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity
53. How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved
54. Public self is a conditioned construct of the inner psychological self.
55. We are threatened with suffering from three directions: from our body, which is doomed to decay…, from the external world which may rage against us with overwhelming and merciless force of destruction, and finally from our relations with other men… This last source is perhaps more painful to use than any other.
56. Instinct of love toward an object demands a mastery to obtain it, and if a person feels they can’t control the object or feel threatened by it, they act negatively toward it.
57. There are no mistakes
58. I had thought about cocaine in a kind of day-dream.
59. It goes without saying that a civilization which leaves so large a number of its participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.
60. The dream is the liberation of the spirit from the pressure of external nature, a detachment of the soul from the fetters of matter.