Karl Menninger

Quotations

It is doubtless true that religion has been the world’s psychiatrist throughout the centuries.

One of the most untruthful things possible, you know, is a collection of facts, because they can be made to appear so many different ways.

To “know thyself” must mean to know the malignancy of one’s own instincts and to know, as well, one’s power to deflect it.

Man can’t help hoping even if he is a scientist. He can only hope more accurately.

Unrest of the spirit is a mark of life; one problem after another presents itself and in the solving of them we can find our greatest pleasure.

'Take Your Choice' in 'This Week Magazine,' 16 Oct 1949.

The voice of intelligence … is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance.