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 :: 1920-, American Psychiatrist

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People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something that one finds. It is something one creates.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Creation]

 

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Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Upbringing]

 

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Psychiatric expert testimony: mendacity masquerading as medicine.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Psychiatry]

 

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Psychoanalysis is an attempt to examine a person's self-justifications. Hence it can be undertaken only with the patient's cooperation and can succeed only when the patient has something to gain by abandoning or modifying his system of self-justification.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Psychoanalysis]

 

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Some people say they haven't yet found themselves. But the self is not something one finds; it is something one creates.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Self-discovery]

 

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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.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Work]

 

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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.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Intimacy]

 

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The proverb warns; ''Don't bite the hand that feeds you.'' But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Aid and Assistance]

 

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The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the nanve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Forgiveness]

 

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The system isn't stupid, but the people in it are.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Systems]

 

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There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Psychology]

 

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Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Excuses]

 

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We achieve ''active'' mastery over illness and death by delegating all responsibility for their management to physicians, and by exiling the sick and the dying to hospitals. But hospitals serve the convenience of staff not patients: we cannot be properly ill in a hospital, nor die in one decently; we can do so only among those who love and value us. The result is the institutionalized dehumanization of the ill, characteristic of our age.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Hospitals]

 

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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 control of our own destinies and worthy of respect from others.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Love]

 

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When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.
~ Thomas Szasz - [Ridicule]

 

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