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date: 12 April 2024

Sigmund Freud 1856–1939
Austrian psychiatrist; originator of psychoanalysis 

  1. We are so made, that we can only derive intense enjoyment from a contrast, and only very little from a state of things.
    Civilization and its Discontents (1930)
  2. Anatomy is destiny.
    Collected Writings (1924) vol. 5
  3. If a man has been his mother’s undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.
    Dichtung und Wahrheit (1917) ‘A Childhood Recollection’
  4. The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.
    often misquoted as, ‘Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious’
    The Interpretation of Dreams (2nd ed., 1909) ch. 7, sect. E
  5. Intolerance of groups is often, strangely enough, exhibited more strongly against small differences than against fundamental ones.
    Moses and Monotheism (1938)
  6. Being totally honest with oneself is a good exercise.
    letter to Wilhelm Fliess, 15 October 1897, in Jeffrey Moussaieff Mason (tr.) The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess (1985)
  7. 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?’
    letter to Marie Bonaparte, in Ernest Jones Sigmund Freud: Life and Work (1955) vol. 2, pt. 3, ch. 16
  8. Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake.
    Peter Gay Freud: A Life for Our Time (1988)
  9. All that matters is love and work.
  10. Frozen anger.
    his definition of depression