Sigmund Freud quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan

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One of the most influential men of the twentieth century. A lot of what we know about psychology today is based on Freud’s ideas and thoughts. Even though his work has contributed to psychology, philosophy and even science, his ethics were definitely questionable. And he had many sexist views against women which were unnecessary and repugnant. Those sexist quotes will not be included in this list. In spite of that, in 1915 and 1938 he was nominated for 15 Nobel Prizes without ever winning one. He was born in the year of 1856 and died September 1939.

  • “Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “It goes without saying that 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 
  • “How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “We are what we are because we have been what we have been, and what is needed for solving the problems of human life and motives is not moral estimates but more knowledge.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “The more perfect a person is on the outside, the more demons they have on the inside.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “Poets are masters of us ordinary men, in knowledge of the mind, because they drink at streams which we have not yet made accessible to science.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “The unconscious of one human being can react upon that of another without passing through the conscious.” – 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 
  • “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 
  • “Life, as we find it, is too hard for us; it brings us too many pains, disappointments and impossible tasks. In order to bear it we cannot dispense with palliative measures… There are perhaps three such measures: powerful deflections, which cause us to make light of our misery; substitutive satisfactions, which diminish it; and intoxicating substances, which make us insensible to it.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “Great decisions in the realm of thought and momentous discoveries and solutions of problems are only possible to an individual, working in solitude.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “The ego is not master in its own house.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “Conservatism is too often a welcome excuse for lazy minds, loath to adapt themselves to fast changing conditions.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “Where does a thought go when it’s forgotten?” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “Our possibilities of happiness are already restricted by our constitution. Unhappiness is much less difficult to experience. 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 to us than any other.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “The individual does actually carry on a double existence: one designed to serve his own purposes and another as a link in a chain, in which he serves against, or at any rate without, any volition of his own.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, “and most people are frightened of responsibility.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “Human beings are funny. They long to be with the person they love but refuse to admit openly. Some are afraid to show even the slightest sign of affection because of fear. Fear that their feelings may not be recognized, or even worst, returned. But one thing about human beings puzzles me the most is their conscious effort to be connected with the object of their affection even if it kills them slowly within.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” – Sigmund Freud
  • “The madman is a dreamer awake.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “It is a predisposition of human nature to consider an unpleasant idea untrue, and then it is easy to find arguments against it.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “One thing only do I know for certain and that is that man’s judgments of value follow directly his wishes for happiness-that, accordingly, they are an attempt to support his illusions with arguments.” – 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 
  • Public self is a conditioned construct of the inner psychological self.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “Where id is, there shall ego be.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud 
  • “Humanity has in the course of time had to endure from the hands of science two great outrages upon its naive self-love. The first was when it realized that our earth was not the center of the universe, but only a tiny speck in a world-system of a magnitude hardly conceivable; this is associated in our minds with the name of Copernicus, although Alexandrian doctrines taught something very similar. The second was when biological research robbed man of his peculiar privilege of having been specially created, and relegated him to a descent from the animal world, implying an ineradicable animal nature in him: this transvaluation has been accomplished in our own time upon the instigation of Charles Darwin, Wallace, and their predecessors, and not without the most violent opposition from their contemporaries. But man’s craving for grandiosity is now suffering the third and most bitter blow from present-day psychological research which is endeavoring to prove to the ego of each one of us that he is not even master in his own house, but that he must remain content with the veriest scraps of information about what is going on unconsciously in his own mind. We psycho-analysts were neither the first nor the only ones to propose to mankind that they should look inward; but it appears to be our lot to advocate it most insistently and to support it by empirical evidence which touches every man closely.” – Sigmund Freud 

Though he was a doctor by profession, he never wished to be a doctor; he desired to become a scientist. He joined medicine with the sole aim to conduct research. As a medical student, Freud researched cocaine which was not considered illegal during his times and published an article about cocaine’s health benefits and called it a miracle drug. The Facts about Sigmund Freud are endless. Research him and decide about this man from history about your self.

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