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When a man says that he is Jesus or Napoleon, or that the Martians are after him, or claims something else that seems outrageous to common sense, he is labeled psychotic and locked up in a madhouse. Freedom of speech is only for normal people.

THOMAS SZASZ, The Second Sin

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

THOMAS SZASZ, The Second Sin

There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.

THOMAS SZASZ, "Psychology," The Second Sin

When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.

THOMAS SZASZ, The Second Sin

In the past, men created witches: now they create mental patients.

THOMAS SZASZ, introduction, The Manufacture of Madness

The wise treat self-respect as non-negotiable, and will not trade it for health or wealth or anything else.

THOMAS SZASZ, The Second Sin

Mental illness is a myth whose function is to disguise and thus render more palatable the bitter pill of moral conflicts in human relations.

THOMAS SZASZ, The Untamed Tongue: A Dissenting Dictionary

Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis. 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.

THOMAS SZASZ, "Mental Illness," The Second Sin


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