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?'
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.
Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love.
If youth knew; if age could.
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture.
Obviously one must hold oneself responsible for the evil impulses of one's dreams. In what other way can one deal with them? Unless the content of the dream rightly understood is inspired by alien spirits, it is part of my own being.
Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
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.
I have found little that is 'good' about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or to none at all. That is something that you cannot say aloud, or perhaps even think.
Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.
The psychoanalysis of neurotics has taught us to recognize the intimate connection between wetting the bed and the character trait of ambition.
Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake.
America is a mistake, a giant mistake.