I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.
If some longing goes unmet, don't be astonished. We call that Life.
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?
In our dreams we can have our eggs cooked exactly how we want them, but we can't eat them.
The horrors of war, pale beside the loss of a mother
Sometimes the most beautiful thing is precisely the one that comes unexpectedly and unearned, hence something given truly as a present.
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!
Sex is something you do. Sexuality is something you are.
Everything becomes so problematic because of basic faults: from a discontent with myself.
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.
A first visit to a madhouse is always a shock.
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.
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.
Create around one at least a small circle where matters are arranged as one wants them to be.
We live trapped, between the churned-up and examined past and a future that waits for our work.
We are imprisoned in the realm of life, like a sailor on his tiny boat, on an infinite ocean.
Children usually do not blame themselves for getting lost.
How can one know anything at all about people?
It is there all the time.
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.
I am glad that I do not have any children.
Papa continually emphasizes how much remains unexplained. With the other psychoanalytic writers, everything is always so known and fixed.
I am no longer afraid to say anything.
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