A mistake which is commonly made about

A mistake which is commonly made about neurotics is to suppose that they are interesting.  It is not interesting to be always unhappy, engrossed with oneself, malignant and ungrateful, and never quite in touch with reality.  ~Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet GraveDCMOO

If you cut a thing up of

If you cut a thing up, of course it will smell.  Hence, nothing raises such an infernal stink at last, as human psychology.  ~D.H. Lawrence

The conscious mind may be compared to

The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.  ~Sigmund FreudDCMOO

Fortunately analysis is not the only way

Fortunately analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself remains a very effective therapist. ~Karen Horney, Our Inner Conflicts, 1945, referring to psychoanalysis

Idleness is the beginning of all psychology

Idleness is the beginning of all psychology.  What?  Could it be that psychology is – a vice?  ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, "Maxims and Arrows," section 1, 1888, alluding to the proverb "Idleness is the beginning of all vices"

Neurosis is no worse than a bad

Neurosis is no worse than a bad cold; you ache all over, and it’s made you a mess, but you won’t die from it.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN

Work cure is the best of all

Work cure is the best of all psychotherapy, in my opinion…. As well might we expect a patient to recover without food as to recover without work…. The sound man needs work to keep him sound, but the nervous invalid has an even greater need of work to draw him out of his isolation, and to stop the miseries of doubt and self-scrutiny, to win back self-respect and the support of fellowship.  ~Richard C. CabotQSO

Anybody who is 25 or 30 years

Anybody who is 25 or 30 years old has physical scars from all sorts of things, from tuberculosis to polio.  It’s the same with the mind.  ~Moses R. Kaufman