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





The best cure for hypochondria is to forget about your own body and get interested in someone else's.


Goodman Ace (1899-1982, American author, radio personality, TV producer)


Who knows, the mind has the key to all things besides.


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


The mind is ever ingenious in making its own distress.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


Nobody -- as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life -- is without trouble.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


The intellect is always fooled by the heart.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Always this same morbid interest in other people and their doings, their privacies, their dirty linen, always this air of alertness for personal happenings, personalities, personalities, personalities. Always this subtle criticism and appraisal of other people, this analysis of other people's motives. If anatomy presupposes a corpse, then psychology presupposes a world of corpses. Personalities, which means personal criticism and analysis, presuppose a whole world laboratory of human psyches waiting to be vivisected. If you cut a thing up, of course it will smell. Hence, nothing raises such an infernal stink, at last, as human psychology.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


We have lost the art of living; and in the most important science of all, the science of daily life, the science of behavior, we are complete ignoramuses. We have psychology instead.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


Idleness is the parent of psychology.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


It's apparent that we can't proceed any further without a name for this institutionalized garrulousness, this psychological patter, this need to catalogue the ego's condition. Let's call it psychobabble, this spirit which now tyrannizes conversation in the seventies.


Richard D. Rosen


A large part of the popularity and persuasiveness of psychology comes from its being a sublimated spiritualism: a secular, ostensibly scientific way of affirming the primacy of "spirit" over matter.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


In an extensive reading of recent books by psychologists, psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, and inspirationalists, I have discovered that they all suffer from one or more of these expression-complexes: italicizing, capitalizing, exclamation-pointing, multiple-interrogating, and itemizing. These are all forms of what the psychos themselves would call, if they faced their condition frankly, Rhetorical-Over-Compensation.


James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)


A vigorous five mile walk will do more good for an unhappy, but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.


Paul Dudley White


 Back to Daimon Library English Quotes Search Page


website tracking