Famous Sigmund Freud Quotes

There is a psychological technique which makes it possible to interpret dreams, and … if that procedure is employed, every dream reveals itself as a psychical structure which has a meaning and which can be inserted at an assignable point in the mental activities of waking life.

The dream acts as a safety-valve for the over-burdened brain.

I think that it is a good plan to bear in mind that people were in the habit of dreaming before there was such a thing as psychoanalysis.

I’ve been a fortunate man in life, nothing has come easily.

When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature.

If you want to endure life, prepare yourself for death.

It is a great injustice to persecute homosexuality as a crime, and cruelty too

Psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love.

The goal of all life is death

This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.

The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.

The ego is not master in its own house.

The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.

The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.

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?’

The rest of our enquiry is made easy because this God-Creator is openly called Father. Psycho-analysis concludes that he really is the father, clothed in the grandeur in which he once appeared to the small child.

A father’s death is the most important event, the more heartbreaking and poignant loss in a man’s life.

You wanted to kill your father in order to be your father yourself. Now you are your father, but a dead father.

A hero is a man who stands up manfully against his father and in the end victoriously overcomes him.

The psychoanalysis of individual human beings, however, teaches us with quite special insistence that the god of each of them is formed in the likeness of his father, that his personal relation to God depends on his relation to his father in the flesh and oscillates and changes along with that relation, and that at bottom God is nothing other than an exalted father.

At bottom God is nothing more than an exalted father.

One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be ‘happy’ is not included in the plan of Creation.’ . . . We are so made that we can derive intense enjoyment only from a contrast and very little from a state of things.