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Freud had a gene for inefficiency, and I think I ...
by Albert Ellis

Freud had a gene for inefficiency, and I think I have a gene for efficiency.
- Albert Ellis

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

The art of love is largely the art of persistence.
- Albert Ellis

I'm very happy.
I like my work and the various aspects of it-going around the world,
teaching the gospel according to St.
Albert.
- Albert Ellis

 

People have motives and thoughts of which they are unaware.
- Albert Ellis

I hope to die in the saddle seat.
- Albert Ellis

There are three musts that hold us back:
I must do well.
You must treat me well.
And the world must be easy.
- Albert Ellis

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I had used eclectic therapy and behavior therapy on
myself at the age of 19 to get over my fear of public
speaking and of approaching young women in public.
- Albert Ellis

Rational beliefs bring us closer to getting good results in the real world.
- Albert Ellis

If I had been a member of the academic establishment,
I could have done other experiments.
- Albert Ellis

I think it's unfair, but they have the right as fallible,
screwed-up humans to be unfair; that's the human condition.
- Albert Ellis

I started to call myself a rational therapist in 1955;
later I used the term rational emotive.
Now I call myself a rational emotive behavior therapist.
- Albert Ellis

You largely constructed your depression.
It wasn't given to you.
Therefore, you can deconstruct it.
- Albert Ellis

We teach people that they upset themselves.
We can't change the past, so we change how people are thinking,
feeling and behaving today.
- Albert Ellis

For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is:
childish dependency.
- Albert Ellis

Many psychoanalysts refused to let me speak at their meetings.
They were exceptionally vigorous because I had previously
been an analyst and they were very angry at my flying the coop.
- Albert Ellis

People got insights into what was bothering them,
but they hardly did a damn thing to change.
- Albert Ellis

As a result of my philosophy, I wasn't even upset about Hitler.
I was willing to go to war to knock him off,
but I didn't hate him.
I hated what he was doing.
- Albert Ellis

If something is irrational, that means it won't work.
It's usually unrealistic.
- Albert Ellis

Self-esteem is the greatest sickness known to man or
woman because it's conditional.
- Albert Ellis

People don't just get upset.
They contribute to their upsetness.
- Albert Ellis

I thought foolishly that Freudian psychoanalysis was
deeper and more intensive than other,
more directive forms of therapy, so I was trained in it and practiced it.
- Albert Ellis

There's no evidence whatsoever that men are more rational than women.
Both sexes seem to be equally irrational.
- Albert Ellis

Most people would have given up when faced with all
the criticism I've received over the years.
- Albert Ellis

I wrote several articles criticizing psychoanalysis,
but the analysts weren't listening to my objections.
So I finally quit after practicing it for six years.
- Albert Ellis

In the old days we used to get more referrals,
because people had insurance that paid for therapy.
Now they belong to HMOs, and we can only be affiliated with a few HMOs.
- Albert Ellis

Acceptance is not love.
You love a person because he or she has lovable traits,
but you accept everybody just because they're alive and human.
- Albert Ellis

Let's suppose somebody abused you sexually.
You still had a choice, though not a good one,
about what to tell yourself about the abuse.
- Albert Ellis

I get people to truly accept themselves unconditionally,
whether or not their therapist or anyone loves them.
- Albert Ellis

I would have liked having children to some degree,
but frankly I haven't got the time to take the kids to the goddamn ballgame.
- Albert Ellis

I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system.
We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously
disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs.
- Albert Ellis

The best years of your life are the ones in which you
decide your problems are your own.
You do not blame them on your mother,
the ecology, or the president.
You realize that you control your own destiny.
- Albert Ellis

I had a great many sex and love cases where people
were absolutely devastated when somebody with whom
they were compulsively in love didn't love them back.
They were killing themselves with anxiety and depression.
- Albert Ellis

People could rationally decide that prolonged relationships
take up too much time and effort and that they'd much
rather do other kinds of things.
But most people are afraid of rejection.
- Albert Ellis

I've never gone into analysis.
But Freud opened a door, I know.
- Dario Argento

When I'm saying hysteria, I'm referring to Freud,
because all the women were coming to him with symptoms and seeking help,
and he just called it hysteria.
- Cybill Shepherd

I don't admire Freud as much as some people do.
Imagine Shakespeare being aware of the Oedipal complex when he wrote Hamlet.
It would have been a disaster.
- Nathalie Sarraute

And yet there are some magnificent things from Freud,
profound insights into the nature of man.
- Chaim Potok

Vladimir Nabokov said the two great evils of the 20th
century were Marx and Freud.
He was absolutely correct.
- Dean Koontz

The knowledge that there is a part of the psychic functions
that are out of conscious reach,
we did not need to wait for Freud to know this!
- Jacques Lacan

My assumption is that fundamentally the picture of the human animal,
as developed by Freud, is largely right.
- Peter Gay

Kinsey thought that Freud in his own way was as dangerous as the Catholic Church.
- Bill Condon

Freud is the father of psychoanalysis.
It has no mother.
- Germaine Greer

Since Freud, the center of man is not where we thought it was;
one has to go on from there.
- Jacques Lacan

Sigmund Freud was a novelist with a scientific background.
He just didn't know he was a novelist.
All those damn psychiatrists after him,
they didn't know he was a novelist either.
- John Irving

Time spent with cats is never wasted.
- Sigmund Freud

The great Jewish scientists and philosophers of the last few generations -
Spinoza,
Einstein, Freud, Robert Oppenheimer and others -
were natives of Europe and America.
- David Ben-Gurion

Indeed the three prophecies about the death of individual art are,
in their different ways, those of Hegel,
Marx, and Freud.
I don't see any way of getting beyond those prophecies.
- Harold Bloom

People seem to forget that one reason they are now
thinking differently is Freud's legacy itself.
- Peter Gay

Freud published The Interpretation of Dreams in 1900.
It introduced the notion that there existed certain
predictable and identifiable processes by which dreams were formed.
- Henry Reed

Although Freud said happiness is composed of love and work,
reality often forces us to choose love or work.
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant
intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
- Sigmund Freud

As a piece of literacy criticism, Freud's best writing is about Dostoyevsky.
It's a kind of displaced literacy criticism.
- Dennis Potter

Freud was a hero.
He descended to the Underworld and met there stark terrors.
He carried with him his theory as a Medusa's head which
turned these terrors to stone.
- R. D. Laing

Freud said that we are born as a tabula rasa.
This is a model that simply is too superficial and inadequate.
- Stanislav Grof

I think Freud is about contamination,
but I think that is something he learned from Shakespeare,
because Shakespeare is about nothing but contamination,
you might say.
- Harold Bloom

I'd like to be for cinema what Shakespeare was for theatre,
Marx for politics and Freud for psychology:
someone after whom nothing is as it used to be.
- Rainer W. Fassbinder

If some really acute observer made as much of egotism
as Freud has made of sex,
people would forget a good deal about sex and find
the explanation for everything in egotism.
- Wallace Stevens

I read Freud's Introductory Lectures in Psychoanalysis
in basically one sitting.
I decided to enroll in medical school.
It was almost like a conversion experience.
- Stanislav Grof

Like the physical, the psychical is not necessarily
in reality what it appears to us to be.
- Sigmund Freud

The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.
- Sigmund Freud

The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone
was the founder of civilization.
- Sigmund Freud

I want paint to work as flesh.
- Lucian Freud

We entered the 20th century trying to deal with three
ideas purporting to define or describe or explain three spheres of action,
development and conflict: Darwin on the natural world,
Freud on the internal world, Marx on the economic world.
- Bruce Jackson

Why do we go around acting as though everything was
friendship and reliability when basically everything
everywhere is full of sudden hate and ugliness?
- Anna Freud

Opposition is not necessarily enmity;
it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity.
- Sigmund Freud

I paint people not because of what they are like,
not exactly in spite of what they are like,
but how they happen to be.
- Lucian Freud

If youth knew; if age could.
- Sigmund Freud

The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing
in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean
pool of subconscious from which it rises.
- Sigmund Freud

Freud's view is that all love is sexual in its origin or its basis.
Even those loves which do not appear to be sexual or
erotic have a sexual root or core.
They are all sublimations of the sexual instinct.
- Mortimer Adler

The painter's obsession with his subject is all that
he needs to drive him to work.
- Lucian Freud


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