10 Most Famous Quotations of Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud is known for his novel and often controversial opinions. Such was the impact of his views that Anglo-American poet W. H. Auden said about Freud in a poem:  “to us he is no more a person / now but a whole climate of opinion / under whom we conduct our different lives”. Here are 10 famous quotes of Sigmund Freud, the founding father of psychoanalysis.


The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.


Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.


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.


What progress we are making. In the Middle-Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.


What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.


A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what direct his conduct in the world.


Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.


A man who has been the indisputable favourite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.


Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.


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?”

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