Monday, July 25, 2011

"The Future of an Illusion" by Sigmund Freud

The Future of an Illusion (by Sigmund Freud) - the Kindle edition.
  •  "The one person this publication may injure is myself."
  •  "It is possible that cultural development lie ahead of us in which the satisfaction of yet other wishes, which are entirely permissible today, will appear just as unacceptable as cannibalism is today." 
  • "It goes without saying that a civilization which leaves so large a number of its participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt neither has nor deserves prospect of a lasting experience.
  • "scientific work is the only road which can lead us to a knowledge of reality outside ourselves. It is once again merely an illusion to expect anything from intuition and introspection; they can give us nothing but particulars about our own mental life, which are hard to interpret 
  • "Civilization has little to fear from educated people and brainworkers."
  • "But surely infantilism is destined to be surmounted. Men cannot remain children for ever; they must in the end go out into the 'hostile life'. We may call this 'education to reality'."
  • "The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest till it has gained a hearing.
  • "in the long run nothing can withstand reason and experience" 
  • "No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere."

"The Schopenhauer Cure" by Irvin Yalom

Kindle edition and Paperback.
  • "Live your life to the fullest; and then, and only then, die. Don't leave any unlived life behind."
  • "he knew exactly what to do and how to spend his final year. He would live just the way he had lived the previous year - and the year before that and before that. (He loved being a therapist; he loved connecting to others and helping to bring something to life in them.)"
  •  "A curious thought experiment. . . Nietzsche's message to us was to live life in such a way that we would be willing to repeat the same life eternally."