Life, as we find it, is too hard for us. it brings us too many pains, disappointments and impossible tasks. In order to bear it we cannot dispense with palliative measures... There are perhaps three such measures: powerful deflections, which cause us to make light of our misery. substitutive satisfactions, which diminish it. and intoxicating substances, which make us insensible to it.
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Author: Sigmund Freud