“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.”

“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.”
― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams (1900), from The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, translated by James Strachey.



“At any rate the interpretation of dreams is the via regia to a knowledge of the unconscious in the psychic life.”
Alternate translation by Abraham Arden Brill, p. 483. Freud did use the Latin phrase via regia in the original as opposed to translating it into the German of the surrounding text.

"Royal road" or via regia is an allusion to a statement attributed to Euclid.






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