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Author QuotedSigmund Freud
Title QuotedCivilization and its discontents / Sigmund Freud ; transl. by Joan Riviere
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/04/18
ImprintGarden City. NY : Doubleday, 1958
QuotationLast evening at supper I finished Lenny Bruce. Sometimes he is really inspired"” sometimes just dull. And, though he is in some sense a kind of "martyr" for honesty, yet I think his gospel of excess was delusive and self-destroying. That is the problem! Also read the last half of Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents"”a truly prophetic book! A bit of Ibn Battuta, whose travels are sometimes marvelous. But I don't read much these days.
JournalThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 82
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