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Freud, S. (1926). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Romain Rolland, January 29, 1926. Letters of Sigmund Freud 1873-1939, 364.

Freud, S. (1926). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Romain Rolland1, January 29, 1926. Letters of Sigmund Freud 1873-1939, 364

Letter from Sigmund Freud to Romain Rolland1, January 29, 1926 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sigmund Freud

Vienna IX, Berggasse 19
January 29, 1926

Unforgettable man, to have soared to such heights of humanity through so much hardship and suffering!

I revered you as an artist and apostle of love for mankind many years before I saw you. I myself have always advocated the love for mankind not out of sentimentality or idealism but for sober, economic reasons: because in the face of our instinctual drives and the world as it is I was compelled to consider this love as indispensable for the preservation of the human species as, say, technology.

When I finally came to know you personally I was surprised to find that you hold strength and energy in such high esteem, and that you yourself embody so much will power.

May the next decade bring you nothing but fulfillment.

Most cordially
Your
Sigm. Freud, aetat. seventy

Notes to "Letter from Sigmund Freud to Romain Rolland1, January 29, 1926"

1 Freud's contribution to the Liber Amicorum Romain Rolland, edited by Maxim Gorki, Georges Duhamel, and Stefan Zweig. Rothapfel-Verlag, Zürich, 1926. (“To Romain Rolland,” Standard Ed., 20.)

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