Thomas Szasz Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

Thomas Szasz Quotes and Sayings

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    A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age. It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies to reduce this period to a minimum. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis. The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things; the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them. In short, the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    He who does not accept and respect those who want to reject life does not truly accept and respect life itself. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; if God talks to you, you are a schizophrenic. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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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. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    Narcissist: psychoanalytic term for the person who loves himself more than his analyst; considered to be the manifestation of a dire mental disease whose successful treatment depends on the patient learning to love the analyst more and himself less. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    No further evidence is needed to show that 'mental illness' is not the name of a biological condition whose nature awaits to be elucidated, but is the name of a concept whose purpose is to obscure the obvious. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    Psychiatric expert testimony: mendacity masquerading as medicine. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    The proverb warns that 'You should not bite the hand that feeds you.' But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    The system isn't stupid, but the people in it are. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF
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    When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him. Thomas Szasz | Refcard PDF






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