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The Interpretation of Dreams Quotes by Sigmund Freud

The Interpretation of Dreams is an 1899 book by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Below is a list of some Inspirational quotes from book The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud.

Sigmund Freud ( 6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis. In his book The Interpretation of Dreams Freud introduces his theory of the unconscious with respect to dream interpretation.

The Interpretation of Dreams Quotes by Sigmund Freud
The Interpretation of Dreams Quotes by Sigmund Freud

The Interpretation of Dreams Quotes

“The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“At any rate the interpretation of dreams is the via regia to a knowledge of the unconscious in the psychic life.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“Properly speaking, the unconscious is the real psychic; its inner nature is just as unknown to us as the reality of the external world, and it is just as imperfectly reported to us through the data of consciousness as is the external world through the indications of our sensory organs.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“Conservatism, however, is too often a welcome excuse for lazy minds, loath to adapt themselves to fast changing conditions.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“I had thought about cocaine in a kind of day-dream.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“Dream is the dreamer’s own psychical act.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“The dream is the liberation of the spirit from the pressure of external nature, a detachment of the soul from the fetters of matter.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“Our memory has no guarantees at all, and yet we bow more often than is objectively justified to the compulsion to believe what it says.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“And it is only after seeing man as his unconscious, revealed by his dreams, presents him to us that we shall understand him fully.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“Places are often treated like persons.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“The sheer size too, the excessive abundance, scale, and exaggeration of dreams could be an infantile characteristic.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“The medical profession is justly conservative.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“But since the downfall of the mythological hypothesis an interpretation of the dream has been wanting.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“Human life should not be considered as the proper material for wild experiments.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“Moreover, the act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams quotes

“Nothing that is mentally our own can ever be lost.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“The most ardent wish of children is to grow up and get as big a share of everything as the grown-ups; they are hard to satisfy; do not know the meaning of ‘enough.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“Dreams are never concerned with trivia.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“By exposing the hidden dream-thoughts, we have confirmed in general that the dream does continue the motivation and interests of waking life, for dream-thoughts are engaged only with what seems to be important and of great interest to us.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“A large number of observers acknowledge that dream life is capable of extraordinary achievements—at any rate, in certain fields.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“Dream’s evanescence, the way in which, on awakening, our thoughts thrust it aside as something bizarre, and our reminiscences mutilating or rejecting it—all these and many other problems have for many hundred years demanded answers which up till now could never have been satisfactory.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“The dream has a very striking way of dealing with the category of opposites and contradictions. This is simply disregarded. To the dream ‘No’ does not seem to exist.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“Only a rebuke that ‘has something in it’ will sting, will have the power to stir our feelings, not the other sort, as we know.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams quotes

“What is common in all these dreams is obvious. They completely satisfy wishes excited during the day which remain unrealized. They are simply and undisguisedly realizations of wishes.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“The state of sleep, we found, is not characterized by the disintegration of psychical interconnections, but by the focus on the wish to sleep by the psychical system in control of the day.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“I was making frequent use of cocaine at that time … I had been the first to recommend the use of cocaine, in 1885, and this recommendation had brought serious reproaches down on me.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

6 thoughts on “The Interpretation of Dreams Quotes by Sigmund Freud

  1. Fascinating! You may also enjoy an old dream book I found (Copyright 1931) by Gustavus Hindman Miller, called “Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted.” I found this at an old library book sale and is written from a different point of view than Sigmund’s and has an interesting preface of 40 pages.

  2. Love this:
    “Our memory has no guarantees at all, and yet we bow more often than is objectively justified to the compulsion to believe what it says.”

    I think it’s true regarding our thoughts, also.

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