Psychiatrist Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old psychiatrist quotes, psychiatrist sayings, and psychiatrist proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.     

Alfred Korzybski

An enthusiasm about psychiatry is preposterous—it shows one just hasn’t grown up; but at the same time, for the psychiatrist to be indifferent toward his work is fatal.     

Harry Stack Sullivan

Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing to our parents’ shortcomings.     

Peter J. Laurence

Psychiatry is the art of teaching people how to stand on their own feet while reclining on couches.     

Sigmund Freud

Psychiatry's chief contribution to philosophy is the discovery that the toilet is the seat of the soul.     

Alexander Chase

A neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the air. A psychotic is the man who lives in it. A psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent.     

Lord Robert Webb-Johnstone

There is no fun in psychiatry. If you try to get fun out of it, you pay a considerable price for your unjustifiable optimism.     

Harry Stack Sullivan

Psychiatrist: A man who asks you a lot of expensive questions your wife asks you for nothing.     

Sam Bardell

The new definition of psychiatry is the care of the id by the odd.     


The science of Psychiatry is now where the science of Medicine was before germs were discovered.     

Malcolm Rogers

The psychiatrist is the obstetrician of the mind.     


You have to be a psychiatrist too, especially in fashion. A psychologist and a psychiatrist together.     

Carolina Herrera

No man is a hero to his wife's psychiatrist.     

Eric Berne

Psychiatrist to patient: Maybe you don't have a complex. Maybe you are inferior.     

Herbert Stein

The difference between psychiatrists and other mentally disturbed people is something like the relationship between concave and convex madness.     

Karl Kraus

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.     

Bernard Williams

Any man who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.     

Samuel Goldwyn