If the fire rages uncontrolled in a house, we call it a disastrous conflagration; if it burns in a smelting furnace, we call it a useful industrial force. In other words, our drives and impulses as they live within us are neither good nor bad, right nor wrong.

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Austrian psychoanalyst and neurologist
(Attributed)

Quoted in Helen Walker Puner, Freud: His Life and His Mind, ch. 10 (1947).
Added on 7-Dec-11 | Last updated 7-Dec-11
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