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Freud Quotes

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time spent with cats is never wasted.
- Sigmund Freud

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.
- Sigmund Freud

We have long observed that every neurosis has the result,
and therefore probably the purpose, of forcing the
patient out of real life,
of alienating him from actuality.
- Sigmund Freud

Everything becomes so problematic because of basic faults:
from a discontent with myself.
- Anna Freud

I want paint to work as flesh.
- Lucian Freud

The character of the artist doesn't enter into the nature of the art.
- Lucian Freud

The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.
- Sigmund Freud

Papa continually emphasizes how much remains unexplained.
With the other psychoanalytic writers,
everything is always so known and fixed.
- Anna Freud

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

America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen,
but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
- Sigmund Freud

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

The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a
knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.
- Sigmund Freud

Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.
- Sigmund Freud

The painter must give a completely free rein to any
feeling or sensations he may have and reject nothing
to which he is naturally drawn.
- Lucian Freud

My work is purely autobiographical...
It is about myself and my surroundings.
- Lucian Freud

The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety,
and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
- Sigmund Freud

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

In fact, it is Shakespeare who gives us the map of the mind.
It is Shakespeare who invents Freudian Psychology.
Freud finds ways of translating it into supposedly analytical vocabulary.
- Harold Bloom

A belligerent state permits itself every such misdeed,
every such act of violence, as would disgrace the individual.
- Sigmund Freud

Who promised you that only for joy were you brought to this earth?
- Anna Freud

I am no longer afraid to say anything.
- Anna Freud

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

Things are not as we would like them to be.
There is only one way to deal with it,
namely to try and be all right oneself.
- Anna Freud

Civilization began the first time an angry person cast
a word instead of a rock.
- Sigmund Freud

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization
is built upon a renunciation of instinct.
- Sigmund Freud

Breakfast is a notoriously difficult meal to serve with a flourish.
- Clement Freud

America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
- Sigmund Freud

Whoever loves becomes humble.
Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.
- Sigmund Freud

A civilization which leaves so large a number of its
participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt
neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.
- 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

Most people do not really want freedom,
because freedom involves responsibility,
and most people are frightened of responsibility.
- Sigmund Freud

The paintings that really excite me have an erotic
element or side to them irrespective of subject matter.
- Lucian Freud

The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization.
It was greatest before there was any civilization.
- Sigmund Freud

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

The ego is not master in its own house.
- Sigmund Freud

The tendency to aggression is an innate,
independent, instinctual disposition in man...
it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture.
- Sigmund Freud

Sometimes the most beautiful thing is precisely the
one that comes unexpectedly and unearned.
- Anna Freud

One is very crazy when in love.
- Sigmund Freud

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

Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration
through this primary hostility of men towards one another.
- Sigmund Freud

If some longing goes unmet, don't be astonished.
We call that Life.
- Anna Freud

A first visit to a madhouse is always a shock.
- Anna Freud

The doctor should be opaque to his patients and,
like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.
- Sigmund Freud

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

We are aware only of the empty space in the forest,
which only yesterday was filled with trees.
- Anna Freud

Freud has shown one thing very clearly:
that we only forget our infancy by burying it in the unconscious;
and that the problems of this difficult period find
their solution under a disguised form in adult life.
- Herbert Read


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