Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.
When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it.
Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.
Time spent with cats is never wasted.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.
The psychical is not necessarily in reality what it appears to us to be.
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
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.
A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist.
Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to talking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young.
Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it.
Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs, he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on him and they still give him much trouble at times.
Just as no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief.
It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct.
Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
If a man has been his mother's undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.
He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.
Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.
Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another.
America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.
A civilization which leaves so large a number of its participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.