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Alfred Adler
February 7, 1870 - May 28, 1937
Nationality: Austrian
Category: Psychologist
Subcategory: Austrian Psychologist

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.


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


We cannot say that if a child is badly nourished he will become a criminal. We must see what conclusion the child has drawn.


It is one of the most effective attitudes of the neurotic to measure thumbs down, so to speak, a real person by an ideal, since in doing so he can depreciate him as much as he wishes.


Man knows much more than he understands.


Our modern states are preparing for war without even knowing the future enemy.


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


There is no such thing as talent. There is pressure.


The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge to conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.


The educator must believe in the potential power of his pupil, and he must employ all his art in seeking to bring his pupil to experience this power.


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


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.


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.


No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma - but we make out of them just what suits our purposes.


Every individual acts and suffers in accordance with his peculiar teleology, which has all the inevitability of fate, so long as he does not understand it.


War is organized murder and torture against our brothers.


We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.


The neurotic is nailed to the cross of his fiction.


It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.


A simple rule in dealing with those who are hard to get along with is to remember that this person is striving to assert his superiority; and you must deal with him from that point of view.


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