Thomas Szasz Quotes (50 Quotes)


    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.

    A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.

    The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.

    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.

    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.


    Men often treat others worse than they treat themselves, but they rarely treat anyone better. It is the height of folly to expect consideration and decency from a person who mistreats himself.

    The many faces of intimacy the Victorians could experience it through correspondence, but not through cohabitation contemporary men and women can experience it through fornication, but not through friendship.

    Although we may not know it, we have, in our day, witnessed the birth of the Therapeutic State. This is perhaps the major implication of psychiatry as an institution of social control.

    Masturbation the primary sexual activity of mankind. In the nineteenth century it was a disease in the twentieth, it's a cure.

    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.

    All drugs of any interest to any moderately intelligent person in America are now illegal.

    We often speak of love when we really should be speaking of the drive to dominate or to master, so as to confirm ourselves as active agents, in controlof our own destinies and worthy of respect from others.

    Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.

    The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic --in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea --known to medical science is work.

    There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.

    The system isn't stupid, but the people in it are.

    Psychiatric expert testimony: mendacity masquerading as medicine.

    When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.

    Addiction, obesity, starvation (anorexia nervosa) are political problems, not psychiatric each condenses and expresses a contest between the individual and some other person or persons in his environment over the control of the individual's body.

    The basic ingredients of psychotherapy are religion, rhetoric, and repression, which are themselves mutually overlapping categories.

    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.

    Since the Freudian revolution, and especially since the Second World War, the secret formula has been this If you want to debase what a person is doing, call his act psychopathological and call him mentally ill if you want to exalt what a person is

    Institutional psychiatry is a continuation of the Inquisition. All that has really changed is the vocabulary and the social style. The vocabulary conforms to the intellectual expectations of our age it is a pseudo-medical jargon that parodies the concepts of science. The social style conforms to the political expectations of our age it is a pseudo-liberal social movement that parodies the ideals of freedom and rationality.

    If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.

    Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.

    The self is not something that one finds, it is something that one creates.

    A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power.

    Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage.

    If he who breaks the law is not punished, he who obeys it is cheated. This, and this alone, is why lawbreakers ought to be punished to authenticate as good, and to encourage as useful, law-abiding behavior. The aim of criminal law cannot be correction or deterrence it can only be the maintenance of the legal order.

    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.


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