Alfred Adler Quotes

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  • The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth.

    Problems of Neurosis (1929) ch. 2
  • It is well known that those who do not trust themselves never trust others.

    Alfred Adler (2013). “Understanding Human Nature (Psychology Revivals)”, p.128, Routledge
  • Life is just the same as learning to swim. Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!

  • Everything can always be different!

  • The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.

  • To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority which constantly presses towards its own conquest. The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge for conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.

  • There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish.

  • It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is fro+m among such individuals that all human failures spring.

  • We are not determined by our experiences, but are self-determined by the meaning we give to them; and when we take particular experiences as the basis for our future life, we are almost certain to be misguided to some degree. Meanings are not determined by situations. We determine ourselves by the meanings we ascribe to situations.

  • The human mind shows an urge to capture into fixed forms through unreal assumptions, that is, fictions, that which is chaotic, always in flux, and incomprehensible. Serving this urge, the child quite generally uses a scheme in order to act and to find his way. We proceed much the same when we divide the earth by meridians and parallels, for only thus do we obtain fixed points which we can bring into a relationship with one another.

  • The mathematical life of a mathematician is short. Work rarely improves after the age of twenty-five or thirty. If little has been accomplished by then, little will ever be accomplished.

  • What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning - and some of them many times over - what do you find? That you can swim? Well - life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!

  • The feeling of inferiority rules the mental life and can be clearly recognized in the sense of incompleteness and unfulfillment, and in the uninterrupted struggle both of individuals and humanity.

  • Far more unwaveringly, the neurotic keeps before his eye his God, his idol, his ideal of personality and clings to his guiding principle, losing sight in the meanwhile of reality, whereas the normal person is always ready to dispense with this crutch, this aid, and reckon unhampered with reality.

    "The Neurotic Constitution: Outlines Of A Comparative Individualistic Psychology And Psychotherapy".
  • God who is eternally complete, who directs the stars, who is the master of fates, who elevates man from his lowliness to Himself, who speaks from the cosmos to every single human soul, is the most brilliant manifestation of the goal of perfection.

  • What person, confined in a small room with nothing but a tea-cosy, will not eventually put the tea-cosy on their head?

  • Distorted history boasts of bellicose glory... and seduces the souls of boys to seek mystical bliss in bloodshed and in battles.

    Alfred Adler (2002). “The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler: Journal articles : 1914-1920”, p.149, Alfred Adler Institute
  • The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well.

  • Man knows much more than he understands.

    Alfred Adler (1998). “Social Interest: Adler's Key to the Meaning of Life”, Oneworld Publications Limited
  • The striving for significance, this sense of yearning, always points out to us that all psychological phenomena contain a movement that starts from a feeling of inferiority and reach upward. The theory of Individual Psychology of psychological compensation states that the stronger the feeling of inferiority, the higher the goal for personal power.

    From a new translation of "Progress in Individual Psychology" by Alfred Adler, in the AAISF/ATP Archives, 1923.
  • If you wish to educate a child who has gone wrong, then you must, above all, keep your attention fixed on the intersection of two charmed circles.

  • To all those who walk the path of human cooperation war must appear loathsome and inhuman.

    Alfred Adler (2005). “The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler: Journal articles : 1931-1937”, p.128, Alfred Adler Institute
  • He used to say to his melancholia patients: "You can be cured in fourteen days if you follow this prescription.Try to think every day how you can please someone.

  • I am grateful for the idea that has used me.

  • We must never neglect the patient's own use of his symptoms.

  • A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.

  • Every pampered child becomes a hated child.... There is no greater evil than the pampering of children.

  • Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.

    "What Life Should Mean to You". Book by Alfred Adler (p. 14), 1937.
  • The science of the mind can only have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being, and through its use, brings peace to every human soul.

  • Death is really a great blessing for humanity, without it there could be no real progress. People who lived for ever would not only hamper and discourage the young, but they would themselves lack sufficient stimulus to be creative.

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    Alfred Adler

    • Born: February 7, 1870
    • Died: May 28, 1937
    • Occupation: Psychotherapist