Anna Freud Quotes



Best 30 Quotes by Anna Freud

“A first visit to a madhouse is always a shock.”

“Children usually do not blame themselves for getting lost.”

“Create around you at least a small circle where matters are arranged as you want them to be.”

“Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.”

“Everyone here says in a surprised manner that I have grown... they are so stupid and do not notice that I am standing up straighter!”

“Everything becomes so problematic because of basic faults: from a discontent with myself.”

“How can one know anything at all about people?”

“How one can live without being able to judge oneself, criticize what one has accomplished, and still enjoy what one does, is unimaginable to me.”

“I am glad that I do not have any children.”

“I am no longer afraid to say anything.”

“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.”

“If I have a stupid day, everything looks wrong to me.”

“If some longing goes unmet, don't be astonished. We call that life.”

“In our dreams we can have our eggs cooked exactly how we want them, but we can't eat them.”

“It is only when parental feelings are ineffective or too ambivalent or when the mother's emotions are temporarily engaged elsewhere that children feel lost.”

“My different personalities leave me in peace now.”

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“Papa always makes it clear that he would like to know me as much more rational and lucid than the girls and women he gets to know during his analytic hours.”

“Papa continually emphasizes how much remains unexplained. With the other psychoanalytic writers, everything is always so known and fixed.”

“Sometimes the most beautiful thing is precisely the one that comes unexpectedly and unearned, hence something given truly as a present.”

“The horrors of war, pale beside the loss of a mother.”

“There are few situations in life which are more difficult to cope with than an adolescent son or daughter during the attempt to liberate themselves.”

“Things are not as we would like them to be. There is only one way to deal with it, namely to try and be all right oneself.”

“We are aware only of the empty space in the forest, which only yesterday was filled with trees.”

“We are imprisoned in the realm of life, like a sailor on his tiny boat, on an infinite ocean.”

“We live trapped, between the churned-up and examined past and a future that waits for our work.”

“What I have always wanted for myself is much more primitive. It is probably nothing more than the affection of the people with whom I am in contact, and their good opinion of me.”

“Who promised you that only for joy were you brought to this earth?”

“Why do we go around acting as though everything was friendship and reliability when basically everything everywhere is full of sudden hate and ugliness?”

Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense Quotes

“Even in the normal state of being in love, a person's intellectual capabilities are reduced and his reason becomes less reliable than usual.

The more passionately his desire to satisfy his instinctual impulses, the less inclined he is, as a rule, to use the intellect for their rational exploration and suppression.”

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“The very existence of neurotic symptoms indicates that the ego has been defeated.”

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The past? The future? Or the present?”


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