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.

 

#1

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

 

#2

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

 

#3

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.

 

#4

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

 

#5

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

 

#6

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.

 

#7

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

 

#8

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

 

#9

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

 

#10

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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