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Thomas Szasz

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Addiction, obesity, starvation (anorexia nervosa) are political problems, not psychiatric: each condenses and expresses a contest between the individual and some other person or persons in his environment over the control of the individual

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The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity: monotheism, monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine. The belief that there is only one right way to live only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man: members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity.

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If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.

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

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Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.

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Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

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If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.

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The stupid neither forgive or forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.

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Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

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The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.

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

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

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