1. The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’
2. Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
3. Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
4. Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.
5. If a man has been his mother’s undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.
6. Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.
7. We are never so defenceless against suffering as when we love.
8. What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
9. A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.
10. Our civilization is, generally speaking, founded on the suppression of instincts.