155+ Best Sigmund Freud Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst. He is generally recognized as one of the most influential and authoritative thinkers of the twentieth century. Inspirational Sigmund Freud quotes will help you think outside the box and push you to build a stronger character.

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Most Famous Sigmund Freud Quotes

Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways. – Sigmund Freud

We choose not randomly each other. We meet only those who already exists in our subconscious. – Sigmund Freud

From error to error one discovers the entire truth. – Sigmund Freud

There is little that gives children greater pleasure than when a grown-up lets himself down to their level, renounces his oppressive superiority and plays with them as an equal. – Sigmund Freud

My boy! Smoking is one of the greatest and cheapest enjoyments in life, and if you decide in advance not to smoke, i can only feel sorry for you. – Sigmund Freud

One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. – Sigmund Freud

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. – 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

Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength. – Sigmund Freud

He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore. – Sigmund Freud

Religious doctrines … are all illusions, they do not admit of proof, and no one can be compelled to consider them as true or to believe in them. – Sigmund Freud

A woman should soften but not weaken a man. – Sigmund Freud

Immorality, no less than morality, has at all times found support in religion. – Sigmund Freud

In the depths of my heart I can’t help being convinced that my dear fellowmen, with a few exceptions, are worthless. – 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

Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me. – Sigmund Freud

Where does a thought go when it’s forgotten? – Sigmund Freud

The madman is a dreamer awake – Sigmund Freud

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

Where the questions of religion are concerned people are guilty of every possible kind of insincerity and intellectual misdemeanor. – Sigmund Freud

He does not believe that does not live according to his belief. – Sigmund Freud

The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life. – Sigmund Freud

It is that we are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never no helplessly unhappy as when we have lost our loved object of its love. – Sigmund Freud

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

The behavior of a human being in sexual matters is often a prototype for the whole of his other modes of reaction in life. – Sigmund Freud

Beauty has no obvious use; nor is there any clear cultural necessity for it. Yet civilization could not do without it. – Sigmund Freud

The intention that man should be happy is not in the plan of Creation. – Sigmund Freud

Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to taking it away from them, they will defend it like a lioness her young. – Sigmund Freud

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. – Sigmund Freud

Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness. – Sigmund Freud

Loneliness and darkness have just robbed me of my valuables. – Sigmund Freud

Where id is, there shall ego be – Sigmund Freud

The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief. – Sigmund Freud

Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine. – Sigmund Freud

The creative writer does the same as the child at play; he creates a world of fantasy which he takes very seriously. – 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

My love is something valuable to me which I ought not to throw away without reflection. – 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

Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious. – Sigmund Freud

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

A love that does not discriminate seems to me to forfeit a part of its own value, by doing an injustice to its object; and secondly, not all men are worthy of love. – Sigmund Freud

Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it. – Sigmund Freud

There are no mistakes – Sigmund Freud

I had thought about cocaine in a kind of daydream. – Sigmund Freud

Instinct of love toward an object demands a mastery to obtain it, and if a person feels they can’t control the object or feel threatened by it, they act negatively toward it. – Sigmund Freud

Public self is a conditioned construct of the inner psychological self. – Sigmund Freud

Where questions of religion are concerned, people are guilty of every possible sort of dishonesty and intellectual misdemeanor. – Sigmund Freud

Love in the form of longing and deprivation lowers the self-regard. – Sigmund Freud

You wanted to kill your father in order to be your father yourself. Now you are your father, but a dead father. – Sigmund Freud

When a love-relationship is at its height there is no room left for any interest in the environment; a pair of lovers are sufficient to themselves – Sigmund Freud

No neurotic harbors thoughts of suicide which are not murderous impulses against others redirected upon himself. – Sigmund Freud

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

Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity – Sigmund Freud

We are so constituted that we can gain intense pleasure only from the contrast, and only very little from the condition itself. – Sigmund Freud

In mourning it is the world which has become poor and empty; in melancholia it is the ego itself. – Sigmund Freud

As regards intellectual work it remains a fact, indeed, that 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

Anatomy is destiny. – 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

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

Words and magic were in the beginning one and the same thing, and even today words retain much of their magical power. – Sigmund Freud

The dream is the liberation of the spirit from the pressure of external nature, a detachment of the soul from the fetters of matter. – 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

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

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

Conservatism, however, is too often a welcome excuse for lazy minds, loath to adapt themselves to fast changing conditions. – Sigmund Freud

What is common in all these dreams is obvious. They completely satisfy wishes excited during the day which remain unrealized. They are simply and undisguisedly realizations of wishes. – Sigmund Freud

A religion, even if it calls itself a religion of love, must be hard and unloving to those who do not belong to it. – Sigmund Freud

The unconscious of one human being can react upon that of another without passing through the conscious. – Sigmund Freud

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

Where such men love they have no desire and where they desire they cannot love – Sigmund Freud

I was making frequent use of cocaine at that time … I had been the first to recommend the use of cocaine, in 1885, and this recommendation had brought serious reproaches down on me. – Sigmund Freud

A transference neurosis corresponds to a conflict between ego and id, a narcissistic neurosis corresponds to that between ego and super-ego, and a psychosis to that between ego and outer world. – Sigmund Freud

Neurosis is the result of a conflict between the ego and its id, whereas psychosis is the analogous outcome of a similar disturbance in the relation between the ego and its environment (outer world). – Sigmund Freud

If children could, if adults knew. – Sigmund Freud

He who knows how to wait need make no concessions. – Sigmund Freud

Dream is the dreamer’s own psychical act. – 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

I never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me as a member – Sigmund Freud

Our memory has no guarantees at all, and yet we bow more often than is objectively justified to the compulsion to believe what it says. – Sigmund Freud

Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. – Sigmund Freud

I do not in the least underestimate bisexuality. . . I expect it to provide all further enlightenment. – Sigmund Freud

All neurotics, and many others besides, take exception to the fact that ‘inter urinas et faeces nascimur. – Sigmund Freud

Life is impoverished, it loses in interest, when the highest stake in the game of living, life itself, may not be risked. It becomes as shallow and empty as, let us say, an American flirtation. – Sigmund Freud

In matters of sexuality we are at present, every one of us, ill or well, nothing but hypocrites. – Sigmund Freud

When one does not have what one wants, one must want what one has. – Sigmund Freud

Smoking is indispensable if one has nothing to kiss – Sigmund Freud

The distortion of a text resembles a murder: the difficulty is not in perpetrating the deed, but in getting rid of its traces. – Sigmund Freud

Theoretical considerations require that what is to-day the object of a phobia must at one time in the past have been the source of a high degree of pleasure. – Sigmund Freud

Only a rebuke that ‘has something in it’ will sting, will have the power to stir our feelings, not the other sort, as we know. – Sigmund Freud

This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever. [speaking about the Irish] – Sigmund Freud

According to the prevailing view human sexual life consists essentially in an endeavor to bring one’s own genitals into contact with those of someone of the opposite sex. – Sigmund Freud

Everyone owes nature a death. – Sigmund Freud

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. – Sigmund Freud

The motive forces of phantasies are unsatisfied wishes, and every single phantasy is the fulfillment of a wish, a correction of unsatisfying reality. – Sigmund Freud

Neurosis is no excuse for bad manners. – Sigmund Freud

It only too often yields to the temptation to become sycophantic, opportunist and lying, like a politician who sees the truth but wants to keep his place in popular favor. – Sigmund Freud

Human life should not be considered as the proper material for wild experiments. – Sigmund Freud

The medical profession is justly conservative. Human life should not be considered as the proper material for wild experiments. – Sigmund Freud

Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home. – Sigmund Freud

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate. – Sigmund Freud

The ego represents what we call reason and sanity, in contrast to the id which contains the passions. – Sigmund Freud

A father’s death is the most important event, the more heartbreaking and poignant loss in a man’s life. – Sigmund Freud

One must learn to give up momentary, uncertain and destructive pleasure for delayed, restrained, but dependable pleasure. – Sigmund Freud

If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother. – Sigmund Freud

I became aware of my destiny: to belong to the critical minority as opposed to the unquestioning majority. – Sigmund Freud

Religion is a system of wishful illusions together with a disavowal of reality, such as we find nowhere else but in a state of blissful hallucinatory confusion. Religion’s eleventh commandment isThou shalt not question. – Sigmund Freud

The paranoid is never entirely mistaken. – Sigmund Freud

The only unnatural sexual behavior is none at all. – Sigmund Freud

I’ve been a fortunate man in life, nothing has come easily. – Sigmund Freud

The goal of all life is death – Sigmund Freud

How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved. – Sigmund Freud

Two hallmarks of a healthy life are the abilities to love and to work. Each requires imagination. – Sigmund Freud

The Irish are the one race for which psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever… because they already live in a dream world. – Sigmund Freud

Not to know the past is to be in bondage to it, while to remember, to know, is to be set free. – Sigmund Freud

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

There is a psychological technique which makes it possible to interpret dreams, and … if that procedure is employed, every dream reveals itself as a psychical structure which has a meaning and which can be inserted at an assignable point in the mental activities of waking life. – Sigmund Freud

Crystals reveal their hidden structures only when broken. – Sigmund Freud

Anxiety in children is originally nothing other than an expression of the fact they are feeling the loss of the person they love. – Sigmund Freud

I had the greatest respect for the authorities of my day–until I studied things for myself and came to my own conclusions. – Sigmund Freud

Where they love they do not desire and where they desire, they do not love. – Sigmund Freud

Without love we fall ill. – Sigmund Freud

All giving is asking, and all asking is an asking for love. – Sigmund Freud

In the theory of psychoanalysis, we have no hesitation in assuming that the course taken by mental events is automatically regulated by the pleasure principle. We believe, that is to say, that the course of those events is invariably set in motion by an unpleasurable tension, and that it takes a direction such that its final outcome coincides with a lowering of that tension that is, with an avoidance of unpleasure or a production of pleasure. – Sigmund Freud

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

Maturity is the ability to postpone gratification. – Sigmund Freud

Look into the depths of your own soul and learn first to know yourself, then you will understand why this illness was bound to come upon you and perhaps you will thenceforth avoid falling ill. – Sigmund Freud

When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life. – Sigmund Freud

It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life. – 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

When someone abuses me, I can defend myself, but against praise I am defenseless. – Sigmund Freud

That which we can’t remember, we will repeat. – Sigmund Freud

Humanity is in the highest degree irrational, so that there is no prospect of influencing it by reasonable arguments. Against prejudice one can do nothing. – Sigmund Freud

It is not attention that the child is seeking, but love. – Sigmund Freud

When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it. – 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

In the small matters trust the mind, in the large ones the heart. – Sigmund Freud

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?’ – Sigmund Freud

All family life is organized around the most damaged person in it. – Sigmund Freud

Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student; words enable the orator to sway his audience and dictate its decisions. Words are capable of arousing the strongest emotions and prompting all men’s actions. – Sigmund Freud

I have found little ‘good’ about human beings. In my experience, most of them are trash. – Sigmund Freud

Love is a state of temporary psychosis. – Sigmund Freud

The aim of psychoanalysis is to relieve people of their neurotic unhappiness so that they can be normally unhappy. – 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

History is just new people making old mistakes. – Sigmund Freud

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

The only person with whom you have to compare ourselves, is that you in the past. And the only per-son better you should be, this is who you are now. – Sigmund Freud

I prefer the company of animals more than the company of humans. Certainly, a wild animal is cruel. But to be merciless is the privilege of civilized humans. – Sigmund Freud

The only shame in masturbation is the shame of not doing it well. – Sigmund Freud

To be completely honest with oneself is the very best effort a human being can make. – Sigmund Freud

If you want your wife to listen to you, then talk to another woman; she will be all ears. – Sigmund Freud

Were we fully to understand the reasons for other people’s behavior, it would all make sense. – Sigmund Freud

Time spent with cats is never wasted. – Sigmund Freud

Knowledge is the intellectual manipulation of carefully verified observations. – Sigmund Freud

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