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To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority which constantly presses towards its own conquest…The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge for conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.
Every therapeutic cure, and still more, any awkward attempt to show the patient the truth, tears him from the cradle of his freedom of responsibility and must therefore reckon with the most vehement resistance.
The neurotic... clings to the straw of his fiction... arbitrarily ascribes reality to it, and seeks to realize it in the world. For this the fiction is unfit; it is still more unfit when, as in the psychoses, it is elevated to a dogma or anthropomorphized.
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I am the slave of my baptism. Parents, you have caused my misfortune, and you have caused your own.
February 7, 1870
May 28, 1937
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