Thomas Szasz Quotes

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Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis.

doubt certainty

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.

courage thinking

Psychiatric expert testimony: mendacity masquerading as medicine.

psychiatrist

Sex is a body-contact sport.  It is safe to watch but more fun to play.

sex

Anxiety is the unwillingness to play even when you know the odds are for you.

anxiety

Courage is the willingness to play even when you know the odds are against you.

courage

As the internal-combustion engine runs on gasoline, so the person runs on self-esteem.

self-esteem

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem.

self-esteem learning

A child becomes an adult when he realizes he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
— Thomas Szasz

life

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.

growing up Adulthood

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.
— Thomas Szasz

self-esteem

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself.  But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.

know yourself the self

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

introspection identity

Self-respect is to the soul as oxygen is to the body.  Deprive a person of oxygen, and you kill his body; deprive him of self-respect, and you kill his spirit.

self-respect

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, people mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, people mistake medicine for magic.
— Thomas Szasz
How men hate waiting while their wives shop for clothes and trinkets; how women hate waiting, often for much of their lives, while their husbands shop for fame and glory.

men and women

It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self.  If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable.  If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish.

duty

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

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.

work

The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things; the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them. In short, the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions.

conviction

There are only three major ethical modes of conduct.  
1. The Golden Rule: doing unto others as we would want them to do unto us.
2.  The Rule of Respect: doing unto others as they want us to do unto them. 
3. The Rule of Paternalism: doing unto others as we, in our superior wisdom, know what ought to be done unto them in their own best interests.

golden rules