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What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
It might be said of psychoanalysis that if you give it your little finger it will soon have your whole hand.
By abolishing private property one takes away the human love of aggression.
It would be one of the greatest triumphs of humanity, one of the most tangible liberations from the constraints of nature to which mankind is subject, if we could succeed in raising the responsible act of procreating children to the level of a deliberate and intentional activity and in freeing it from its entanglement with the necessary satisfaction of a natural need.
No one who has seen a baby sinking back satiated from the breast and falling asleep with flushed cheeks and a blissful smile can escape the reflection that this picture persists as a prototype of the expression of sexual satisfaction in later life.
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 time comes when each one of us has to give up as illusions the expectations which, in his youth, he pinned upon his fellow-men, and when he may learn how much difficulty and pain has been added to his life by their ill-will.
Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
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.
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.
Look into the depths of your own soul and learn first to know yourself, then you will understand why this illness was bound to come upon you and perhaps you will thenceforth avoid falling ill.
Sexual love is undoubtedly one of the chief things in life, and the union of mental and bodily satisfaction in the enjoyment of love is one of its culminating peaks. Apart from a few queer fanatics, all the world knows this and conducts its life accordingly; science alone is too delicate to admit it.
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
Most people would rather give than get affection.
The two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection [Are] that a thing is your own and that it is your only one.
The ego is not master in its own house.
Conscience is the internal perception of the rejection of a particular wish operating within us.
Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.
Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.
From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.
The only bodily organ which is really regarded as inferior is the atrophied penis, a girl's clitoris.
The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist.
Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.
One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be happy is not included in the plan of Creation.
America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
We know less about the sexual life of little girls than of boys. But we need not feel ashamed of this distinction; after all, the sexual life of adult women is a dark continent for psychology.
Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
Woe to you, my Princess, when I come... you shall see who is the stronger, a gentle little girl who doesn't eat enough or a big wild man who has cocaine in his body.
The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.
Anatomy is destiny.
Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
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.
I do not think our successes can compete with those of Lourdes. There are so many more people who believe in the miracles of the Blessed Virgin than in the existence of the unconscious.
The most complicated achievements of thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness.
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.
Where id was, there shall ego be.
Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.
One is very crazy when in love.
We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its love.
The tendency of aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.
The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.
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.
I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians.
I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way: by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.
Wit is educated insolence.
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.
Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own.
Melancholy men are of all others the most witty.
It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.
The Irish are a fair people: They never speak well of one another.
The Irish ignore anything they can't drink or punch.
Irish Americans are no more Irish than Black Americans are Africans.
The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life -- knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
It is easy to fly into a passion... anybody can do that, but to be angry with the right person to the right extent and at the right time and in the right way that is not easy.
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.
Nature does nothing uselessly.
All men by nature desire to know.
Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
Cruel is the strife of brothers.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.
Anyone can become angry -- that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way -- this is not easy.
We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
The end of labor is to gain leisure.
The secret to humor is surprise.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
Education is the best provision for old age.
To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.
One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
If you believed more in life you would fling yourself less to the moment.
Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species.
No man lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.
One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.
He who laughs best today, will also laugh last.
Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.
The word Christianity is already a misunderstanding -- in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.
Instinct. When the house burns one forgets even lunch. Yes, but one eats it later in the ashes.
Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not.
I love those who do not know how to live for today.
Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
Idleness is the parent of psychology.
Man... cannot learn to forget, but hangs on the past: however far or fast he runs, that chain runs with him.
We would not let ourselves be burned to death for our opinions: we are not sure enough of them for that. But perhaps for the right to have our opinions and to change them.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
What then in the last resort are the truths of mankind? They are the irrefutable errors of mankind.
For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child.
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
The best friend is likely to acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is based on the talent for friendship.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
We operate with nothing but things which do not exist, with lines, planes, bodies, atoms, divisible time, divisible space -- how should explanation even be possible when we first make everything into an image, into our own image!
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
Fear is the mother of morality.
When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
What we call creative work, ought not to be called work at all, because it isn't. I imagine that Thomas Edison never did a day's work in his last fifty years.
If Thomas Jefferson thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how it is with representation.
A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.
We are franker towards others than towards ourselves.
Man is no longer an artist, he has become a work of art.
The kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart --not something that comes upon the earth or after death.
In Heaven all the interesting people are missing.
There is in general good reason to suppose that in several respects the gods could all benefit from instruction by us human beings. We humans are -- more humane.
Is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's blunders?
I fear we are not getting rid of God because we still believe in grammar.
The future influences the present just as much as the past.
The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.
A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world
Are the ones who do.
There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.
One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.
The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously.
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
Christianity makes suffering contagious.

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