He’s one of the most controversial scientists of the 20th century. Psychology students around the world affectionately refer to him as ’Grandfather Freud’. During his lifetime, some considered him a charlatan, others a genius. Coco Chanel dubbed him the first male feminist — for it was Freud in particular who became a theorist of the sexual revolution, which pushed women towards the idea of equal rights.
Two discoveries, in particular, have perhaps secured his reputation forever: he unraveled the mystery behind why we dream and was the first person to come up with a universal theory for the workings of the subconscious human mind.
- The scope of one’s personality is defined by the magnitude of that problem which is capable of driving a person out of his wits.
- Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, make sure that you’re not surrounded by fools.
- The task of making people happy did not form part of the plan of Creation.
- At that moment when a person starts to seriously ponder the meaning and value of life, you can consider him a madman.
- The first person to throw an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
- Ideal, eternal love, purged of all hatred, exists only between the addict and his drug.
- We live in a thoroughly strange time in which we are surprised to note that progress is marching in step with barbarism.
- The more perfect a person is on the outside, the more demons they have on the inside.
- When people criticise me, I know how to defend myself. But I’m powerless in the face of praise.
- We are never so vulnerable as when we love, and never so hopelessly unhappy as when we lose the object of our love.
- The first indication of stupidity is a complete lack of shame.
- People are more moral than they think, and much more amoral than they imagine.
- A large part of what is real within us is not comprehended, and that which is comprehended is not real.
- Every normal person is, in fact, only normal in part.
- Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.