"Look into the depths of your own soul and learn first to know yourself, then you will understand why this illness was bound to come upon you and perhaps you will thenceforth avoid falling ill." - Sigmund Freud

"The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing." - Eric Berne, M.D., Games People Play

"There is no sharp or indisputable distinction to be made between what we consider normal and what we consider pathological in the realm of mental functioning. What we call normal and what we call pathological are to be understood as the consequence of differences . . . which are of degree rather than of kind." - Charles Brenner, M.D., An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis

"Freud's great contribution lies in having laid the foundations for a therapy that seeks to enlarge the patient's choices and hence his freedom and responsibility." - Thomas Szasz, M.D., The Ethics of Psychoanalysis

"My own marked preference, in the average case, is psychotherapy. . . . My 'bias' is based on the belief that physical therapies, as far as we know or can infer, produce only a symptomatic improvement, whereas psychotherapy tends to remove the basic conflicts which led to the disorder. . . . These assertions, however, should not be interpreted as a condemnation of physical therapies. On the contrary, I have found physical therapies, with the exception of psychosurgery, useful, at times, in a variety of situations." - Silvano Arieti, M.D., American Handbook of Psychiatry

"Choose your self-presentations carefully, for what starts as a mask may become your face." - Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life