One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.
Religious doctrines … are all illusions, they do not admit of proof, and no one can be compelled to consider them as true or to believe in them.”
Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.
Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
Love and work... work and love, that's all there is.
Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.
Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.
Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.
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?”
Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis … mankind will surmount this neurotic phase, just as so many children grow out of their similar neurosis.
It would be very nice if there were a God who created the world and was a benevolent providence, and if there were a moral order in the universe and an after-life; but it is a very striking fact that all this is exactly as we are bound to wish it to be.
Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student; words enable the orator to sway his audience and dictate its decisions. Words are capable of arousing the strongest emotions and prompting all men’s actions.
How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved.
The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.