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Famous Quotes By Peter Gay

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My assumption is that fundamentally the picture of the human animal, as developed by Freud, is largely right. — Peter Gay

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People seem to forget that one reason they are now thinking differently is Freud's legacy itself. — Peter Gay

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To have a liberal temperament is a kind of psychological boon, To be able to understand that someone you disagree with is not just a terrible creature but somebody with whom you disagree. — Peter Gay

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There is something very intriguing about, for example, the sense of accomplishment that a small child has, which you might be able to reduce to aggression and libido, but which might also have some independent existence. — Peter Gay

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Since God is silent, man is his own master; he must live in a disenchanted world, submit everything to criticism, and make his own way. — Peter Gay

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I have always had a strong interest in history and finding out about the past can be remarkably helpful with working out the future, too. — Peter Gay

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The unmeasured hopes and fears of middle-class sufferers were often a none-too-subtle kind of transference. They invested the physician with all the attributes of a caring, all-knowing father, almost a manufactured deity, only to be disappointed over and over again. With them, expectations of the physician's omnipotence alternated with contempt for his impotence, and they irrationally idolized or irrationally execrated him. — Peter Gay

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What interests me, and has always interested me, has been modernism. — Peter Gay

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And my interest in history was, and remains, very strong: what I wanted was to understand certain things better by understanding them psychoanalytically. — Peter Gay

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My definition of modernism took a while to develop. — Peter Gay

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Every historian has informally an anthropology, without ever using the word. — Peter Gay

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Freud, Jung thought, had been a great discoverer of facts about the mind, but far too inclined to leave the solid ground of "critical reason and common sense." Freud for his part criticized Jung for being gullible about occult phenomena and infatuated with Oriental religions; he viewed with sardonic and unmitigated skepticism Jung's defense of religious feelings as an integral element in mental health. For Freud, religion was a psychological need projected onto culture, the child's feeling of helplessness surviving in adults, to be analyzed rather than admired. — Peter Gay

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With the passage of years, not all of Dicken's readers remained infatuated with his pathos. One generation's sublimity became another generation's kitsch. — Peter Gay

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The ideas of theologians are refuted by their adversaries, the ideas of scientists are refuted by their followers. — Peter Gay