If youth knew; if age could.
By: Sigmund Freud
We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a fathers protection.
What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree.
America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
If a man has been his mothers undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.
Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs, he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on him and they still give him much trouble at times.
We believe that civilization has been created under the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost of satisfaction of the instincts.
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.
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.
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