“Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.
“Religion is an attempt to get control over the sensory world, in which we are placed, by means of the wish-world which we have developed inside us as a result of biological and psychological necessites.
“We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love.
“The great question which I have not been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is What does a woman want
“The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
“One must not be mean with the affections what is spent of the fund is renewed in the spending itself.
“Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
“Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.
“We are certainly getting ahead if I am Moses, then you are Joshua and will take possession of the promised land of psychiatry, which I shall only be able to glimpse from afar.
“Innately, children seem to have little true realistic anxiety. They will run along the brink of water, climb on the window sill, play with sharp objects and with fire, in short, do everything that is bound to damage them and to worry those in charge of them, that is wholly the result of education; for they cannot be allowed to make the instructive experiences themselves.
Austrian neurologist who originated psychoanalysis (1856-1939)
“Houston, we have a problem.
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