The psychoanalyst demands that his patients pursue Truth. To reveal
the inner personality of the patient is the aim of
analysis. The analyst is he who can translate his patient’s
mundane thoughts into an eloquent representation of the unconscious. In
that sense analysis is the highest form of biography. Freud
was criticized for finding ugly meanings in beautiful things. Those
who find only beautiful meanings in beautiful things are deluded.
The concepts of beauty and ugliness are foreign to analytical
thinking. The psyche is neither moral nor immoral. The misery
of our patients is our preoccupation. That is all. Period.
Paraphrases from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.