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





A psychiatrist is a fellow who asks you a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing.


Joey Lauren Adams (1971-, American actress)


I myself spent nine years in an insane asylum and I never had the obsession of suicide, but I know that each conversation with a psychiatrist, every morning at the time of his visit, made me want to hang myself, realizing that I would not be able to cut his throat.


Antonin Artaud (1896-1948, French theater producer, actor, theorist)


It is almost impossible to be a doctor and an honest man, but it is obscenely impossible to be a psychiatrist without at the same time bearing the stamp of the most incontestable madness: that of being unable to resist that old atavistic reflex of the mass of humanity, which makes any man of science who is absorbed by this mass a kind of natural and inborn enemy of all genius.


Antonin Artaud (1896-1948, French theater producer, actor, theorist)


Psychoanalysts seem to be long on information and short on application.


Gene Fowler (1890-1960, American journalist, biographer)


Every morning I woke in dread, waiting for the day nurse to go on her rounds and announce from the list of names in her hand whether or not I was for shock treatment, the new and fashionable means of quieting people and of making them realize that orders are to be obeyed and floors are to be polished without anyone protesting and faces are to be made to be fixed into smiles and weeping is a crime.


Janet Frame (1924-, New Zealand novelist, poet)


It might be said of psychoanalysis that if you give it your little finger it will soon have your whole hand.


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


Half a psychiatrist's patients see him because they are married -- the other half because they're not.


Arnold H. Glasgow


Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm schizophrenic, and so am I.


Oscar Levant (1906-1972, American pianist, actor)


If the nineteenth century was the age of the editorial chair, ours is the century of the psychiatrist's couch.


Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980, Canadian communications theorist)


If you are well off and can afford to spend ten or twenty-five dollars a day to hire some patient soul to listen to your troubles you can be readjusted to the crazy scheme of things and spare yourself the humiliation of becoming a Christian Scientist. You can have your ego trimmed or removed, as you wish, just like a wart or bunion.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents shortcomings.


Laurence J. Peter


One should only see a psychiatrist out of boredom.


Muriel Spark (1918-, British novelist)


A psychiatrist is a man who goes to the Folies-Bergere and looks at the audience.


Bishop Mervyn Stockwood (1913-, American bishop)


The professional must learn to be moved and touched emotionally, yet at the same time stand back objectively: I've seen a lot of damage done by tea and sympathy.


Anthony Storr (1920-, British psychiatrist)


Institutional psychiatry is a continuation of the Inquisition. All that has really changed is the vocabulary and the social style. The vocabulary conforms to the intellectual expectations of our age: it is a pseudo-medical jargon that parodies the concepts of science. The social style conforms to the political expectations of our age: it is a pseudo-liberal social movement that parodies the ideals of freedom and rationality.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


Involuntary mental hospitalization is like slavery. Refining the standards for commitment is like prettifying the slave plantations. The problem is not how to improve commitment, but how to abolish it.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


Psychiatric expert testimony: mendacity masquerading as medicine.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


The difference between a neurotic, a psychotic, and a psychiatrist. The neurotic builds castles in the sky, the psychotic lives in them and the psychiatrist collects the rent.


Author Unknown


You go to psychiatrist when you’re slightly cracked and keep going until you're completely broke.


Author Unknown


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