Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.
The tendency of aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.
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.
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.
By abolishing private property one takes away the human love of aggression.
From error to error one discovers the entire truth.
...the first man to use abusive language instead of his fists was the founder of civilization.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind. Why this has to happen, we do not know; the work of Eros is precisely this.
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 man should not strive to eliminate his complexes, but to get into accord with them; they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.
We know less about the sexual life of little girls than of boys. But we need not feel ashamed of this distinction; after all, the sexual life of adult women is a ''dark continent'' for psychology.
America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
America is a mistake, a giant mistake.