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SIGMUND FREUD
Austrian psychoanalyst
(1856 - 1939)
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A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.
      - [Weapons]

America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
      - [America]

Anatomy is destiny.
      - [Anatomy]

Anxiety in children is originally nothing other than an expression of the fact they are feeling the loss of the person they love.
      - [Anxiety : Children]

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
      - [Honesty]

Demons do not exist any more than gods do, being only the products of the psychic activity of man.
      - [Devil]

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate in their object-relations.
      - [Dogs]

From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.
      - [Truth]

How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved.
      - [Love]

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.
      - [Religion]

If there are quarrels between the parents or if their marriage is unhappy, the ground will be prepared in their children for the severest predisposition to a disturbance of sexual development or to neurotic illness.
      - [Psychology]

It is a great injustice to persecute homosexuality as a crime, and cruelty too.
      - [Homosexuality]

It might be said of psychoanalysis that if you give it your little finger it will soon have your whole hand.
      - [Psychology]

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.
      - [Happiness]

Just as no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief.
      - [Belief]

Much of our highly valued cultural heritage has been acquired at the cost of sexuality.
      - [Culture]

Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past.
      - [Past]

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
      - [Religion]

Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis.
      - [Religion]

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
      - [Tobacco]

The goal of all life is death.
      - [Death]

The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief.
      - [Knowledge]

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
      - [Intelligence]

The conceptions I have summarized here I first put forward only tentatively, but in the course of time they have won such a hold over me that I can no longer think in any other way.
      - Civilization and Its Discontents
        [Theories : Truth]

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complain when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
      - Reflections on War and Death [Illusion]


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