HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

August 6, 2007
Wisdom from Polonius


Martin Freud

I didn’t know the full facts of life until I was 17. My father never talked about his work.


Erik H. Erikson

Freud was once asked what he thought a normal person should be able to do well. The questioner probably expected a complicated answer. But Freud, in the curt way of his old days, is reported to have said: “Lieben und arbeiten” (to love and to work). It pays to ponder on this simple formula; it gets deeper as you think about it.


Sigmund Freud

The ego is not master in its own house.

Human life in common is only made possible when a majority comes together which is stronger than any separate individual and which remains united against all separate individuals. The power of this community is then set up as “right” in opposition to the power of the individual, which is condemned as “brute force.”


Germaine Greer

Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It had no mother.


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