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The psychoanalytic method is essentially a historical method.
He who is ashamed would like to force the world not to look at him, not to notice his exposure. He would like to destroy…
The only thing that can save us as a species is seeing how we’re not thinking about future generations in the way we live.
We cannot leave history entirely to nonclinical observers and to professional historians.
Nobody likes to be found out, not even one who has made ruthless confession a part of his profession. Any autobiographer, therefore, at least between…
When we looked at the life cycle in our 40s, we looked to old people for wisdom. At 80, though, we look at other 80-year-olds…
We are what we love.
Man’s true taproots are nourished in the sequence of generations, and he loses his taproots in disrupted developmental time, not in abandoned localities.
You’ve got to learn to accept the law of life, and face the fact that we disintegrate slowly.
The way you ‘take history’ is also a way of ‘making history.’
Men have always shown a dim knowledge of their better potentialities by paying homage to those purest leaders who taught the simplest and most inclusive…
Doubt is the brother of shame.
I am what survives of me.
Every adult, whether he is a follower or a leader, a member of a mass or of an elite, was once a child. He was…
There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding, which constitutes a new hope and a new responsibility for all.
Parents must not only have certain ways of guiding by prohibition and permission, they must also be able to represent to the child a deep,…
Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.
A man’s conflicts represent what he ‘really’ is.
Babies control and bring up their families as much as they are controlled by them; in fact the family brings up baby by being brought…
Children love and want to be loved and they very much prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph of hateful failure. Do not mistake…
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