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Melanie Klein

  • ... the anxiety arising from the perpetual activity of the death instinct, though never eliminated, is counteracted and kept at bay by the power of the life instinct.

    • Melanie Klein,
    • "On the Theory of Anxiety and Guilt" (1948), Envy and Gratitude & Other Works 1946-1963 ()
  • It is characteristic of the emotions of the very young infant that they are of an extreme and powerful nature.

    • Melanie Klein,
    • "Some Theoretical Conclusions Regarding the Emotional Life of the Infant" (1952), Envy and Gratitude & Other Works 1946-1963 ()
  • At every stage the ability to identify makes possible the happiness of being able to admire the character or achievements of others. If we cannot allow ourselves to appreciate the achievements and qualities of other people — and that means that we are not able to bear the thought that we can never emulate them — we are deprived of sources of great happiness and enrichment. The world would be in our eyes a much poorer place if we had no opportunities of realizing that greatness exists and will go on existing in the future. Such admiration also stirs up something in us and increases indirectly our belief in ourselves.

    • Melanie Klein,
    • "Our Adult World and Its Roots in Infancy" (1959), Envy and Gratitude & Other Works 1946-1963 ()
  • The highly ambitious person, in spite of all his successes, always remains dissatisfied, in the same way as a greedy baby is never satisfied.

    • Melanie Klein,
    • "Our Adult World and Its Roots in Infancy" (1959), Envy and Gratitude & Other Works 1946-1963 ()

Melanie Klein, Austria-born English pediatric psychoanalyst

(1882 - 1960)