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21 Sigmund Freud Quotes to Help You Think About Life and What You Want From It

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Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist who is best known for developing psychoanalysis. His theories involve the ego, child sexuality, and libido amongst other things making him one of the most influential academics of the 20th century. Nonetheless, much of his work is debated by academics to this day making Freud a topic of great interest.

Below are 21 Sigmund Freud quotes to help you think about life and what you want from it:

1. “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud

2. “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” – Sigmund Freud

3. “In the depths of my heart I can’t help being convinced that my dear fellow-men, with a few exceptions, are worthless.” – Sigmund Freud

4. “It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.” – Sigmund Freud

5. “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?’” – Sigmund Freud

6. “If youth knew; if age could.” – Sigmund Freud

7. “A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.” – Sigmund Freud

8. “The ego is not master in its own house.” – Sigmund Freud

9. “Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” – Sigmund Freud

10. “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” – Sigmund Freud

11.The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Sigmund Freud

12. “The unconscious of one human being can react upon that of another without passing through the conscious.” – Sigmund Freud

13. “When one does not have what one wants, one must want what one has.” – Sigmund Freud

14. “The more perfect a person is on the outside, the more demons they have on the inside.” – Sigmund Freud

15. “Human beings are funny. They long to be with the person they love but refuse to admit openly. Some are afraid to show even the slightest sign of affection because of fear. Fear that their feelings may not be recognized, or even worst, returned. But one thing about human beings puzzles me the most is their conscious effort to be connected with the object of their affection even if it kills them slowly within.” – Sigmund Freud

16. “Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.” – Sigmund Freud

17. “Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.” – Sigmund Freud

18. “We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love.” – Sigmund Freud

19. “The only person with whom you have to compare yourself is you in the past.” – Sigmund Freud

20.In the small matters trust the mind, in the large ones the heart.” – Sigmund Freud

21. “If you don’t like a person it’s because they remind you of something you don’t like about yourself.” – Sigmund Freud

Which one of these Sigmund Freud quotes resonates most with you and why?

Armando Quintana III strives to make every day a novel one by treating his life as one big experiment. He's a published writer, signed model, created an educational non-profit, and worked with multiple start-ups helping them excel in sales and marketing. He can be reached @armandoq3 on Instagram or Facebook.

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    Swati Ohri

    Oct 29, 2018 at 3:23 am

    I believe everyone should read this article once, very inspiring one. Thanks for the post Armando.

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    Jessica Luisa

    Oct 25, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Oh! Really good quotes. I like all the quotes here. Because all quotes are unique. Thanks for providing this post.

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    Angelica Grace-Allen

    Oct 17, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    I love the first 2 quotes which essentially say that what you don’t deal with will show up in your life in one form or another and that the times in your life in which you struggled the most were the most beautiful. I am not sure exactly what Freud was trying to convey in these quotes, but to my understanding, he was saying that trauma and heartbreak never leave you and unless you deal with them consciously, they will show up unconsciously and manifest itself in unhealthy behaviors and attitudes. I also feel that he was explaining that the times in your life in which you struggled the most were times in which you learned a lot about yourself, were introduced to another part of yourself, and discovered a lot about life in general. At least, that’s how I feel about adversity. Great article! I love all of these quotes.

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