Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of building a personal one.
A string of reproaches against other people leads one to suspect the existence of a string of self-reproaches with the same content.
The might of the community. Yet, it too, is nothing else than violence… it is the communal, not individual, violence that has its way.
Obviously one must hold oneself responsible for the evil impulses of one’s dreams. In what other way can one deal with them? Unless the content of the dream rightly understood is inspired by alien spirits, it is part of my own being.
The very emphasis of the commandment: Thou shalt not kill, makes it certain that we are descended from an endlessly long chain of generations of murderers, whose love of murder was in their blood as it is perhaps also in ours.
The tendency of aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man…it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.
A civilization which leaves so large a number of its participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.
The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief.
We are certainly getting ahead; if I am Moses, then you are Joshua and will take possession of the promised land of psychiatry, which I shall only be able to glimpse from afar.
Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.