The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.
What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
The goal towards which the pleasure principle impels us - of becoming happy - is not attainable: yet we may not - nay, cannot - give up the efforts to come nearer to realization of it by some means or other.
Like the physical, the psychical is not necessarily in reality what it appears to us to be.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
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.
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?'
Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.
Anatomy is destiny.
Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another.
Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.
America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake.
The psychoanalysis of neurotics has taught us to recognize the intimate connection between wetting the bed and the character trait of ambition.
Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture.
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
If youth knew; if age could.
We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love.
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.