09 March 2009

But What Did He Mean by That?

I ran across a batch of quotes from Freud and selected out of them this set. A century later, the man still knows how to make a person rub his chin and ponder.

Anatomy is destiny.

Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.

Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.

Love and work... work and love, that's all there is

One is very crazy when in love.

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.

Sadism is all right in its place, but it should be directed to proper ends.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

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?"

The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.

We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love.

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

What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree.

Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.

1 comment:

Big Al said...

"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" . . . unless your last name is 'Clinton' and you've lived in the White House for 8 years.

To his question of "What does a woman want?" That is the TRUE Holy Grail for all men.

"One is very crazy when in love" . . . or in lust.

"Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them." It's not just children. I think the same can be said for many Wall Street CEO's or the likes of Donald Trump, for that matter.

"The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water." I'm guessing this drops to one-forty nineth above water when in love, yes?