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Freud, S. (1919). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, January 1, 1919. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 320-322.

Freud, S. (1919). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, January 1, 1919. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 320-322

Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, January 1, 1919 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sigmund Freud

Vienna, January 1, 1919
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear friend,

After such a long pause in our letters, your new year's letter was doubly welcome. I know you to be in smooth sailing, in a commanding position, surrounded by students and adherents, soon, very soon, let us hope, in possession of your own warm house and a woman unsurpassed in many important rBion, W.r.cts. I know that much work and great inner torment will confront you, but one shouldn't wish it otherwise. Success will then be the way it indeed can be under all the interplay of external forces and inner powers. In anye, very honorable and, let us hope, also happy. One will permit oneself to be neither bribed nor diverted by prospects. Is the Golden Age already here? Will these pains bring birth?

We have spoken a great deal about the alternative: to adapt—change the outside world.1 Well, my ability to adapt is on strike, I don't have power against the world. I remain a disgruntled person, by whom one should avoid being infected, as long as one still feels young and strong.

Toni arrived here again in bad, but only neurotic, condition, and is now showing the strange behavior of being a candidate for death in the morning and healthy in the afternoon. God knows what kind of a new cyclical form official psychiatry will make out of this. It is a transitory phase; both conditions are beginning to fuse with each other, and the total improvement is unmistakable. I hope to bring him far along this time, provided that nothing organic pulling the strings makes a fool of us.

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