70 Best Psychology Quotes from Famous Psychologists

Psychology looks into the deep depths of human nature through the empirical investigation of behavior and cognitive processes.

It covers a wide variety of topics, including self-growth, personality traits and the whole span of human development.

If you’ve been looking for bright psychology quotes, your quest is over.

This collection is a tribute to the most famous psychology-related words said by some of history’s greatest thinkers.


These carefully chosen quotes embody the core of our continuing quest to comprehend the human mind, both our own and others’.

They represent our insatiable curiosity and desire to understand the intricacies of cognitive processes, emotions and behavior.

Let these thought-provoking psychology quotes to inspire a deeper understanding of the human psyche and provide insights into our minds’ intricate workings.

Top 10 Psychology Quotes

Becoming is better than being. ~ Carol S. Dweck.

The brain is wider than the sky. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Reality denied comes back to haunt. ~ Philip K. Dick.

Curiosity is the engine of achievement. ~ Ken Robinson.

We forget very easily what gives us pain. ~ Graham Greene.

Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. ~ Viktor E. Frankl.

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. ~ Mark Twain.

Share our similarities, celebrate our differences. ~ M. Scott Peck.

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small parcel. ~ John Ruskin.

Love and work… work and love, that’s all there is. ~ Sigmund Freud.

Psychological Deep Quotes about Life

Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better. ~ Emile Coue.

For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. ~ Harry F. Banks.

Ultimate horror often paralyzes memory in a merciful way. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

The human mind is not a terribly logical or consistent place. ~ Jim Butcher.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~ Winston Churchill.

Thoughts could leave deeper scars than almost anything else. ~ J.K. Rowling.

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Quotes by Psychologists

People who need to bully you are the easiest to push around. ~ Douglas Adams.

We can’t win against obsession. They care, we don’t. They win. ~ Douglas Adams.

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. ~ Ernest Hemingway.

Education survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten. ~ B.F. Skinner.

Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition. ~ James Baldwin.

Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it. ~ Albert Schweitzer.

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. ~ Lucille Ball.

An intelligent person can rationalize anything, a wise person doesn’t try. ~ Jen Knox.

Psychology Quotes

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. ~ Marcus Aurelius.

Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event. ~ Carl Gustav Jung.

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. ~ B. F. Skinner.

There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding. ~ Erik Erikson.

Great spirits have often overcome violent opposition from mediocre minds. ~ Albert Einstein.

Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us. ~ David Richo.

Our ability to adapt is amazing. Our ability to change isn’t quite as spectacular. ~ Lisa Lutz.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Psychology Quotes and Sayings From Famous People

If you want to be proud of yourself, then do things in which you can take pride. ~  Karen Horney.

When I look at the world I’m pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic. ~ Carl Rogers.

I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother. ~ Martha Gellhorn.

When you want to know how things really work, study them when they’re coming apart. ~ William Gibson.

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. ~ Carl Rogers.

Don’t become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin. ~ Ivan Pavlov.

Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations. ~ Margaret Atwood.

The best way to find out whether you’re on the right path? Stop looking at the path. ~ Marcus Buckingham.

Inspiring Psychology Quotes and Why They Are Great

Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice. ~ William James.

When we are open to new possibilities, we find them. Be open and skeptical of everything. ~ Todd Kashdan.

How hurtful it can be to deny one’s true self and live a life of lies just to appease others. ~ June Ahern.

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. ~ William Shakespeare.

Genuine feelings cannot be produced, nor can they be eradicated… the body sticks to the facts. ~ Alice Miller.

The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. ~ Carl Gustav Jung.

To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated. ~ James P. Carse.

Positive Psychology Quotes

A life that is burdened with expectations is a heavy life. Its fruit is sorrow and disappointment. ~ Douglas Adams.

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism. ~ Carl Gustav Jung.

If you discovered something that made you tighten inside, you had better try to learn more about it. ~ Nicholas Sparks.

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

It is not primarily our physical selves that limit us but rather our mindset about our physical limits. ~ Ellen J. Langer.

Many human beings say that they enjoy the winter, but what they really enjoy is feeling proof against it. ~ Richard Adams.

Happiness is not out there for us to find. The reason that it’s not our there is that it’s inside us. ~ Sonja Lyubomirsky.

I am a lover of what is, not because I’m a spiritual person, but because it hurts when I argue with reality. ~ Byron Katie.

Most Famous Positive Psychology Quotes

We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth. ~ Virginia Satir.

I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail. ~ Abraham Maslow.

Every criticism, judgment, diagnosis, and expression of anger is the tragic expression of an unmet need. ~ Marshall Rosenberg.

Sometimes, if you want to change a man’s mind, you have to change the mind of the man next to him first. ~ Megan Whalen Turner.

Only the liberation of the natural capacity for love in human beings can master their sadistic destructiveness. ~ Wilhelm Reich.

The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority. ~ Stanley Milgram.

Psychology Quotes Ideas

One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious, and the same may be said of guilt. ~ Alan Wilson Watts.

The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition. ~ Freidrich Neitzsche.

We are so made, that we can only derive intense enjoyment from a contrast and only very little from a state of things. ~ Sigmund Freud.

Not knowing how he lost himself, or how he recovered himself, he may never feel certain of not losing himself again. ~ Charles Dickens.

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. ~ Eckhart Tolle.

To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill. ~ Sun Tzu.

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. ~ Charles Dickens.

Every person on this earth is full of great possibilities that can be realized through imagination, effort, and perseverance. ~ Scott Barry Kaufmann.

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.

So these were the 70 quotes about Psychology.

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