Sigmund Freud

Quotations

Yes, America is gigantic, but a gigantic mistake.

America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.

The ego is not master in its own house.

Human life in common is only made possible when a majority comes together which is stronger than any separate individual and which remains united against all separate individuals. The power of this community is then set up as “right” in opposition to the power of the individual, which is condemned as “brute force.”

One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be “happy” is not included in the plan of “Creation.”

Civilization and Its Discontents, ch. 2 (1930).

Sadism is all right in its place, but it should be directed to proper ends.

He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.

Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (1905).

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?”