An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown




Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.


Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, American educator, social reformer)


Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and germinates no more.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


Psychoanalysis pretends to investigate the Unconscious. The Unconscious by definition is what you are not conscious of. But the analysts already know what's in it -- they should, because they put it all in beforehand.


Saul Bellow (1915-, American novelist)


The human mind is indeed a cave swarming with strange forms of life, most of them unconscious and unilluminated. Unless we can understand something as to how the motives that issue from this obscurity are generated, we can hardly hope to foresee or control them.


Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)


Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Psychoanalysis can unravel some of the forms of madness; it remains a stranger to the sovereign enterprise of unreason. It can neither limit nor transcribe, nor most certainly explain, what is essential in this enterprise.


Michel Foucault (1926-1984, French essayist, philosopher)


Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


Psychoanalysis cannot be considered a method of education if by education we mean the topiary art of clipping a tree into a beautiful artificial shape. But those who have a higher conception of education will prize most the method of cultivating a tree so that it fulfils to perfection its own natural conditions of growth.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


When I was research head of General Motors and wanted a problem solved, I'd place a table outside the meeting room with a sign: LEAVE SLIDE RULES HERE! If I didn't do that, I'd find some engineer reaching for his slide rule. Then he'd be on his feet saying, "Boss you can't do that."


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


The psychoanalysts pick our dreams as if they were our pockets.


Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian satirist)


The ultimate aim of psychoanalysis is to attribute art to mental weakness, and then to trace the weakness back to the point where, according to analytic dogma, it originated -- namely, the lavatory.


Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian satirist)


Considered in its entirety, psychoanalysis won't do. It's an end product, moreover, like a dinosaur or a Zeppelin; no better theory can ever be erected on its ruins, which will remain for ever one of the saddest and strangest of all landmarks in the history of twentieth-century thought.


Sir Peter Medawar (1915-1987, British immunologist)


Analysis brings no curative powers in its train; it merely makes us conscious of the existence of an evil, which, oddly enough, is consciousness.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Think as you work, for in the final analysis, your worth to your company comes not only in solving problems, but also in anticipating them.


Harold Wallace Ross (1892-1951, American newspaper editor)


Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.


Adam Smith (1723-1790, Scottish economist)


Psychoanalysis is an attempt to examine a person's self-justifications. Hence it can be undertaken only with the patient's cooperation and can succeed only when the patient has something to gain by abandoning or modifying his system of self-justification.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


He suffered from paralysis by analysis.


Author Unknown


The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner or later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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