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Karl KrausPsychoanalysis is that mental illness for which it regards itself as therapy.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

William JamesThere is a law in psychology that if you form a picture in your mind of what you would like to be, and you keep and hold that picture there long enough, you will soon become exactly as you have been thinking.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Yoko OnoThe books say we' re supposed to have penis envy, but look who wrote the books.

—  Yoko Ono, 1935-, Japanese artist

NapoleonTo understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Oscar WildePsychology is in its infancy, as a science. I hope in the interests of Art, it will always remain so.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Albert CamusEvery ideology is contrary to human psychology.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Jacques LacanThe unconscious is structured like a language.

—  Jacques Lacan, 1901-1981, French psychoanalyst

Karl JungShow me a sane man and I will cure him for you.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Sigmund FreudPsychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Sigmund FreudThe poets and philosophers before me discovered the unconscious; what I discovered was the scientific method by which the unconscious can be studied.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Sigmund FreudThe sexual wishes in regard to the mother become more intense and the father is perceived as an obstacle. This gives rise to the Oedipus complex.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Sigmund FreudUnexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Karl KrausSo-called psychoanalysis is the occupation of lustful rationalists who trace everything in the world to sexual causes - with the exception of their occupation.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Karl KrausPsychoanalysis: a rabbit that was swallowed by a boa constrictor who just wanted to see what it was like in there.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Karl KrausPsychology is as useless as directions for using poison.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Anton ChekhovIn displaying the psychology of your characters, minute particulars are essential. God save us from vague generalizations!

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

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Sigmund FreudA man like me cannot live without a hobby-horse, a consuming passion — in Schiller's words a tyrant... My tyrant is psychology.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Funny Quotes

Sam GoldwynAnyone who would go to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined!

—  Sam Goldwyn, 1879-1974, American film producer


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