Sigmund Freud

«Where does a thought go when it's forgotten?»

Sigmund Freud


«Thus we arrive at the singular conclusion that of all the information passed by our cultural assets it is precisely the elements which might be of the greatest importance to us and which have the task of solving the riddles of the universe and of reconciling us to the sufferings of life -- it is precisely those elements that are the least well authenticated of any.»

Sigmund Freud


«Where questions of religion are concerned, people are guilty of every possible sort of dishonesty and intellectual misdemeanor.»

Sigmund Freud


«The words which we use in our everyday speech are nothing other than watered-down magic.»

Sigmund Freud


«The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life.»

Sigmund Freud


«It is a predisposition of human nature to consider an unpleasant idea untrue, and then it is easy to find arguments against it.»

Sigmund Freud


«Our memory has no guarantees at all, and yet we bow more often than is objectively justified to the compulsion to believe what it says.»

Sigmund Freud


«The behavior of a human being in sexual matters is often a prototype for the whole of his other modes of reaction in life.»

Sigmund Freud


«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.»

Sigmund Freud


«No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion it would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere.»

Sigmund Freud


«The intention that man should be happy is not in the plan of Creation.»

Sigmund Freud


«Couldn't I for once have you and the work at the same time?»

Sigmund Freud


«In the depths of my heart I can’t help being convinced that my dear fellow-men, with a few exceptions, are worthless.»

Sigmund Freud


«I can imagine that the oceanic feeling could become connected with religion later on. That feeling of oneness with the universe which is its ideational content sounds very like a first attempt at the consolations of religion, like another way taken by the ego of denying the dangers it sees threatening it in the external world.»

Sigmund Freud


«In this way the ego detaches itself from the external world. It is more correct to say: Originally the ego includes everything, later it detaches from itself the external world. The ego-feeling we are aware of now is thus only a shrunken vestige of a far more extensive feeling - a feeling which embraced the universe and expressed an inseparable connection of the ego with the external world.»

Sigmund Freud


«Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another.»

Sigmund Freud


«A woman should soften but not weaken a man.»

Sigmund Freud


«He who knows how to wait need make no concessions.»

Sigmund Freud


«Words and magic were in the beginning one and the same thing, and even today words retain much of their magical power.»

Sigmund Freud


«Homo homini lupus [man is wolf to man]. Who in the face of all his experience of life and of history, will have the courage to dispute this assertion?»

Sigmund Freud


«The woman who refuses to see her sexual organs as mere wood chips, designed to make the man's life more comfortable, is in danger of becoming a lesbian--an active, phallic woman, an intellectual virago with a fire of her own .... The lesbian body is a particularly pernicious and depraved version of the female body in general; it is susceptible to auto-eroticism, clitoral pleasure and self-actualization.»

Sigmund Freud


«One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.»

Sigmund Freud


«The view is often defended that sciences should be built up on clear and sharply defined basal concepts. In actual fact no science, not even the most exact, begins with such definitions. The true beginning of scientific activity consists rather in describing phenomena and then in proceeding to group, classify and correlate them.»

Sigmund Freud


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

Sigmund Freud


«Where such men love they have no desire and where they desire they cannot love»

Sigmund Freud


«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»

Sigmund Freud


«Everyone owes nature a death.»

Sigmund Freud


«Perhaps the hopes I have confessed to are of an illusory nature, too. But I hold fast to one distinction. Apart from the fact that no penalty is imposed for not sharing them, my illusions are not, like religious ones, incapable of correction.»

Sigmund Freud


«A religion, even if it calls itself a religion of love, must be hard and unloving to those who do not belong to it.»

Sigmund Freud


«I may now add that civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind.»

Sigmund Freud