Conscience is the internal perception of the reaction of a particular wish operating within us
How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved!
The tendency of aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man...it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.
Obviously one must hold oneself responsible for the evil impulses of one's dreams. In what other way can one deal with them? Unless the content of the dream rightly understood is inspired by alien spirits, it is part of my own being.
A woman should soften but not weaken a man.
Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis
Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complain when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggression.
Look into the depths of your own soul and learn first to know yourself, then you will understand why this illness was bound to come upon you and perhaps you will thenceforth avoid falling ill.
The ego is not master in its own house.
America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
The creation of the mental domain of phantasm has a complete counterpart in the establishment of "reservations" and "nature-parks."... The "reservation" is to maintain the old condition of things which has been regretfully sacrificed to necessity everywhere else; there everything make grow and spread as it pleases, including what is it useless and even what is harmful. The mental realm of phantasm is also such a reservation reclaimed from the encroachment of the reality-principle.
We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its love.