Time spent with cats is never wasted.
Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.
A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.
Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.
The ego is not master in its own house.
Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.
The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.
Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.
The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture.
The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.
The psychical, whatever its nature may be, is itself unconscious.
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another.
The psychoanalysis of neurotics has taught us to recognize the intimate connection between wetting the bed and the character trait of ambition.
The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.
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.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.