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Thomas Szasz Quotes and Sayings

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Delusion: belief said to be false by someone who does not share it.
- Thomas Szasz

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Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak,
men mistook magic for medicine; now,
when science is strong and religion weak,
men mistake medicine for magic.
- Thomas Szasz

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself.
But the self is not something one finds,
it is something one creates.
- Thomas Szasz

The system isn't stupid, but the people in it are.
- Thomas Szasz

 

There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.
- Thomas Szasz

If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist;
if God talks to you,
you are a schizophrenic.
- Thomas Szasz

Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age.
It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies
to reduce this period to a minimum.
- Thomas Szasz

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It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self.
If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable.
If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish.
- Thomas Szasz

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.
- Thomas Szasz

Punishment is now unfashionable...
because it creates moral distinctions among men,
which, to the democratic mind, are odious.
We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful
individual responsibility.
- Thomas Szasz

Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.
- Thomas Szasz

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has
a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
- Thomas Szasz

When a person can no longer laugh at himself,
it is time for others to laugh at him.
- Thomas Szasz

If you talk to God, you are praying.
If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
- Thomas Szasz

Happiness is an imaginary condition,
formerly often attributed by the living to the dead,
now usually attributed by adults to children,
and by children to adults.
- Thomas Szasz

He who does not accept and respect those who want to
reject life does not truly accept and respect life itself.
- Thomas Szasz

A teacher should have maximal authority,
and minimal power.
- Thomas Szasz

The proverb warns that 'You should not bite the hand that feeds you.'
But maybe you should,
if it prevents you from feeding yourself.
- Thomas Szasz

Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults;
and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage.
- Thomas Szasz

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time;
serenity,
that nothing is.
- Thomas Szasz

Psychiatric expert testimony: mendacity masquerading as medicine.
- Thomas Szasz

In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten;
in the human kingdom,
define or be defined.
- Thomas Szasz

The stupid neither forgive nor forget;
the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
- Thomas Szasz

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness
to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem.
That is why young children, before they are aware of
their own self-importance,
learn so easily.
- Thomas Szasz

No further evidence is needed to show that 'mental
illness' is not the name of a biological condition
whose nature awaits to be elucidated,
but is the name of a concept whose purpose is to obscure the obvious.
- Thomas Szasz

Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis.
The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things;
the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them.
In short, the neurotic has problems,
the psychotic has solutions.
- Thomas Szasz

Narcissist: psychoanalytic term for the person who
loves himself more than his analyst;
considered to be the manifestation of a dire mental
disease whose successful treatment depends on the patient
learning to love the analyst more and himself less.
- Thomas Szasz

The final delusion is the belief
that one has lost all delusions.
- Maurice Chapelain

It is amazing how complete is the delusion
that beauty is goodness.
- Leo Tolstoy

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.
- H. L. Mencken

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
- Jim Rohn

The attempt to redefine the family as a purely voluntary
arrangement grows out of the modern delusion that people
can keep all their options open all the time.
- Christopher Lasch

Love is the self-delusion we manufacture to justify
the trouble we take to have sex.
- Daniel S. Greenberg

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its
ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.
- William Ralph Inge

I think you're the opposite of a paranoid.
I think you go around with the insane delusion that people like you.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
- Edmund Burke

A person experiences life as
something separated from the rest -
a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.
Our task must be to free ourselves
from this self-imposed prison,
and through compassion,
to find the reality of Oneness.
- Albert Einstein

It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them.
- Rose Macaulay

Let no man in the world live in delusion.
Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore.
- Guru Nanak

You must renounce all superficiality,
all convention, all vanity and delusion.
- Gustav Mahler

I suppose I have a highly developed capacity for self-delusion,
so it's no problem for me to believe that I'm somebody else.
- Daniel Day-Lewis

No man is happy without a delusion of some kind.
Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.
- Ludwig Borne

Prominence is cool, but when the delusion kicks in it can be a drag.
Especially if you choose to surround yourself with
friends and not acolytes.
- Barbara Kruger

The delusion of entertainment is devoid of meaning.
It may amuse us for a bit, but after the initial hit
we are left with the dark feeling of desolation.
- Arthur Erickson

Celebrity gives us delusion of self importance.
- Al Goldstein

Practically all the relationships I know are based
on a foundation of lies and mutually accepted delusion.
- Kim Cattrall

Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.
- Don Marquis

The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion,
or delusion.
- Derek Jarman

I'm busy doing my job, and being a loudmouth doesn't
appeal to me as much as when I was younger and had
the youthful delusion that I was smarter than everybody else.
- Steve Albini

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions,
passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons.
Greed, anger, and delusion.
- Bodhidharma

Truth is always a delusion.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

Self-delusion is pulling in your stomach when you step on the scales.
- Paul Sweeney

Delusion means mortality.
And awareness means Buddhahood.
- Bodhidharma

No delusion is greater than the notion that method
and industry can make up for lack of mother-wit,
either in science or in practical life.
- Thomas Huxley

I keep working under the delusion that someday a library
will ask for my manuscripts.
- Walter Wager

It is far better to grasp the universe as it really
is than to persist in delusion,
however satisfying and reassuring.
- Carl Sagan

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it
really is than to persist in delusion,
however satisfying and reassuring.
- Carl Sagan

If they are really persuaded that the army is annually established by me,
that I have the sole disposal of posts and honours,
that I employ this power in the destruction of liberty
and the diminution of commerce,
let me awaken them from their delusion.
- Robert Walpole

Great cataclysmic things can go by and neither the
orchestra nor the conductor are under the delusion
that whether they make this or that gesture is going
to be the deciding factor in how it comes out.
- James Levine

The only consistent hobby I've had is studying Spanish
and French because of some delusion of grandeur to work around the world.
I love sports but usually I'm looking for the next job.
- William Sanderson

There is not to be found, in all history,
any miracle attested by a sufficient number of men,
of such unquestioned good sense, education and learning,
as to secure us against all delusion in themselves.
- David Hume

Well, love is insanity.
The ancient Greeks knew that.
It is the taking over of a rational and lucid mind
by delusion and self-destruction.
You lose yourself, you have no power over yourself,
you can't even think straight.
- Marilyn French

The last great delusion is soon to open before us.
Antichrist is to perform his marvelous works in our
sight So closely will the counterfeit resemble the
true that it will be impossible to distinguish between
them except by the Holy Scriptures.
- Ellen G. White

To enter by reason means to realize the essence through
instruction and to believe that all living things share the same true nature,
which isn't apparent because it's shrouded by sensation and delusion.
- Bodhidharma

The form of my poem rises out of a past that so overwhelms
the present with its worth and vision that I'm at a
loss to explain my delusion that there exist any real
links between that past and a future worthy of it.
- Hart Crane

When I've gone back to work, it's always with that sense of inevitability.
That may be a complete delusion, but it's the one that
I need to get out of bed and go about my business.
That sense that I can't avoid this thing.
I better just get on with it.
- Daniel Day-Lewis

We still live with this unbelievable threat over our heads of nuclear war.
I mean, are we stupid? Do we think that the nuclear threat has gone,
that the nuclear destruction of the planet is not imminent?
It's a delusion to think it's gone away.
- Kevin Costner

Money, again, has often been a cause of the delusion of the multitudes.
Sober nations have all at once become desperate gamblers,
and risked almost their existence upon the turn of a piece of paper.
- Charles Mackay

I have had to work long and hard to eradicate the dangerous delusion that,
in a bad position, I could always, or nearly always,
conjure up some unexpected combination to extricate me from my difficulties.
- Alexander Alekhine

No one should suffer from the great delusion that any
form of communism or socialism which promotes the dictatorship
of the few instead of the initiative of the millions
can produce a happier or more prosperous society.
- Charles E. Wilson


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