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Civilization has little to fear from educated people and brain-workers. In them the replacement of religious motives for civilized behaviours by other, secular motives, would proceed unobtrusively.
—  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 voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.
—  Sigmund Freud
Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
—  Sigmund Freud
The first human being who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
—  Sigmund Freud
Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.
—  Sigmund Freud
When the wayfarer whistles in the dark, he may be disavowing his timidity, but he does not see any the more clearly for doing so.
—  Sigmund Freud
Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from its readiness to fit in with our instinctual wishful impulses.
—  Sigmund Freud
Religious ideas have sprung from the same need as all the other achievements of culture: from the necessity for defending itself against the crushing supremacy of nature.
—  Sigmund Freud
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
—  Sigmund Freud
... most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
—  Sigmund Freud
One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be 'happy' is not included in the plan of Creation.' ... We are so made that we can derive intense enjoyment only from a contrast and very little from a state of things.
—  Sigmund Freud
When a man has once brought himself to accept uncritically all the absurdities that religious doctrines put before him and even to overlook the contradictions between them, we need not be greatly suprised at the weakness of his intellect.
—  Sigmund Freud
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.
—  Sigmund Freud
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.
—  Sigmund Freud
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.
—  Sigmund Freud
Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity.
—  Sigmund Freud
Knowledge is the intellectual manipulation of carefully verified observations.
—  Sigmund Freud
It might be said of psychoanalysis that if you give it your little finger, it will soon have your whole hand.
—  Sigmund Freud
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.
—  Sigmund Freud
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.
—  Sigmund Freud
Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.
—  Sigmund Freud
It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggression.
—  Sigmund Freud
We are threatened with suffering from three directions: from our own body, which is doomed to decay and dissolution and which cannot even do without pain and anxiety as warning signals; from the external world, which may rage against us with overwhelming and merciless forces of destruction; and finally from our relations to other men. The suffering which comes from this last source is perhaps more painful than any other.
—  Sigmund Freud
Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.
—  Sigmund Freud
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.
—  Sigmund Freud
The tendency of aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man ... it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.
—  Sigmund Freud
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.
—  Sigmund Freud
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
—  Sigmund Freud
The expectation that every neurotic phenomenon can be cured may, I suspect, be derived from the layman's belief that the neuroses are something quite unnecessary which have no right whatever to exist. Whereas in fact they are severe, constitutionally fixed illnesses, which rarely restrict themselves to only a few attacks but persist as a rule over long periods throughout life.
—  Sigmund Freud
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.
—  Sigmund Freud
The great majority of people have a strong need for authority which they can admire, to which they can submit, and which dominates and sometimes even ill-treats them.
—  Sigmund Freud
The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is 'What does a woman want?'
—  Sigmund Freud

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