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Anna Freud Quotes

A first visit to a madhouse is always a shock.

Children usually do not blame themselves for getting lost.

Create around one at least a small circle where matters are arranged as one wants them to be.

Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.

Everyone here says in a surprised manner that I have grown... they are so stupid and do not notice that I am standing up straighter!

Everything becomes so problematic because of basic faults: from a discontent with myself.

How can one know anything at all about people?

How one can live without being able to judge oneself, criticize what one has accomplished, and still enjoy what one does, is unimaginable to me.

I am glad that I do not have any children.

I am no longer afraid to say anything.

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

If I have a stupid day, everything looks wrong to me.

If some longing goes unmet, don't be astonished. We call that Life.

It is only when parental feelings are ineffective or too ambivalent or when the mother's emotions are temporarily engaged elsewhere that children feel lost.

My different personalities leave me in peace now.

Papa always makes it clear that he would like to know me as much more rational and lucid than the girls and women he gets to know during his analytic hours.

Papa continually emphasizes how much remains unexplained. With the other psychoanalytic writers, everything is always so known and fixed.

Sometimes the most beautiful thing is precisely the one that comes unexpectedly and unearned.

Things are not as we would like them to be. There is only one way to deal with it, namely to try and be all right oneself.

We are aware only of the empty space in the forest, which only yesterday was filled with trees.