Thomas Szasz Sayings and Quotes

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


Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.      

Thomas Szasz

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.     

Thomas Szasz

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

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 that one creates.     

Thomas Szasz

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

All drugs of any interest to any moderately intelligent person in America are now illegal.     

Thomas Szasz

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

Thomas Szasz

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.     

Thomas Szasz

There are two kinds of disabled persons: Those who dwell on what they have lost and those who concentrate on what they have left.     

Thomas Szasz

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

Thomas Szasz

Psychotherapy is a private, confidential conversation that has nothing to do with illness, medicine, or healing.     

Thomas Szasz

Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age. It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies to reduce this period to a minimum.     

Thomas Szasz

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

Thomas Szasz

The homosexual is a scapegoat who evokes no sympathy. Hence, he can only be a victim, never a martyr.     

Thomas Szasz

In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined.     

Thomas Szasz

The many faces of intimacy: the Victorians could experience it through correspondence, but not through cohabitation; contemporary men and women can experience it through fornication, but not through friendship.     

Thomas Szasz

Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility.     

Thomas Szasz

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

Thomas Szasz

Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age. It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies to reduce this period to a minimum.     

Thomas Szasz