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“Work is pushing matter around. Politics is pushing people around.”

Ceremonial Chemistry Quotes

“It is mainly by resisting authority that the individual defines himself. This is why authorities – whether parental, priestly, political, or psychiatric – must be careful how and where they assert themselves; for while it is true that the more they assert themselves the more they govern, it is also true that the more they assert themselves the more opportunities they offer for being successfully denied.”

Ceremonial Chemistry

“Malcolm X and Edmund Burke shared an appreciation of this important insight, this painful truth – that the state wants men to be weak and timid, not strong and proud.”

Ceremonial Chemistry

Cruel Compassion Quotes

“He who does not want to understand the other has no right to say that what the other does or says makes no sense.”

Cruel Compassion

“It is the lot of mankind to feel not only insecure but also bored. To combat that experience, people long to be passively entertained, which requires less effort than assuming responsibility for self-improvement.”

Cruel Compassion

“The young and the old are defenseless against relatives who want to get rid of them by casting them in the role of mental patient, and against psychiatrists whose livelihood depends on defining them as mentally ill.”

Cruel Compassion

“We cannot institutionalize helping the victims of personal disasters.”

Cruel Compassion

Manufacture of Madness Quotes

“In the past, men created witches: now they create mental patients.”

Manufacture of Madness

“The h*mosexual is a scapegoat who evokes no sympathy. Hence, he can only be a victim, never a martyr.”

Manufacture of Madness

The Myth of Mental Illness Quotes

“Being wrong can be dangerous, but being right, when society regards the majority’s falsehood as truth, could be fatal.”

The Myth of Mental Illness

“It seems to me that - at least in our scientific theories of behavior - we have failed to accept the simple fact that human relations are inherently fraught with difficulties and that to make them even relatively harmonious requires much patience and hard work.”

The Myth of Mental Illness

The Second Sin Quotes

“A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.”

The Second Sin

“A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power.”

The Second Sin

“He who does not accept and respect those who want to reject life does not truly accept and respect life itself.”

The Second Sin

“If someone does something we disapprove of, we regard him as bad if we believe we can deter him from persisting in his conduct, but we regard him as mad if we believe we cannot.”

The Second Sin

“If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; if God talks to you, you are a schizophrenic.”

The Second Sin

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


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“It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self. If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable. If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish.”

The Second Sin

“Marx said that religion was the opiate of the people. In the United States today, opiates are the religion of the people.”

The Second Sin

“Mast*rbation: the primary sexual activity of mankind. In the nineteenth century it was a disease; in the twentieth, it's a cure.”

The Second Sin

“Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage.”

The Second Sin

“Prostitution is said to be the world's oldest profession. It is, indeed, a model of all professional work: the worker relinquishes control over himself in exchange for money. Because of the passivity it entails, this is a difficult and, for many, a distasteful role.”

The Second Sin

“Psychiatrists look for twisted molecules and defective genes as the causes of schizophrenia, because schizophrenia is the name of a disease. If Christianity or Communism were called diseases, would they then look for the chemical and genetic causes of these conditions?”

The Second Sin

“Self-respect is to the soul as oxygen is to the body. Deprive a person of oxygen, and you kill his body; deprive him of self-respect and you kill his spirit.”

The Second Sin

“Since this is the age of science, not religion, psychiatrists are our rabbis, heroin is our pork, and the addict is the unclean person.”

The Second Sin

“The Nazis spoke of having a Jewish problem. We now speak of having a drug-abuse problem. Actually, 'Jewish problem' was the name the Germans gave to their persecution of the Jews; 'drug-abuse problem' is the name we give to the persecution of people who use certain drugs.”

The Second Sin

“The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.”

The Second Sin

“The wise treat self-respect as non-negotiable, and will not trade it for health or wealth or anything else.”

The Second Sin

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

The Second Sin

“Traditionally, sex has been a very private, secretive activity. Herein perhaps lies its powerful force for uniting people in a strong bond. As we make sex less secretive, we may rob it of its power to hold men and women together.”

The Second Sin

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“We are all wood, and the fire is eternal.”


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