Quotation by Margaret S. Mahler

If I had not come to America, where I felt free to formulate tentatively insights at which I had empathically arrived, I would have accomplished very little. I would never have begun to publish, to teach, to undertake research. Because if one does not find an assenting echo to one's ideas, if one is passed over, as I was in Vienna, then one cannot create. To create, after all, is to believe that what one says will count.
Margaret S. Mahler (1897–1985), U.S. psychoanalyst and author; born in Austria. The Memoirs of Margaret S. Mahler, compiled and edited by Paul E. Stepansky, ch. 6 (1988).

Said sometime in the 1970s. Mahler, a Jew, left Vienna after the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938. She became an important figure in her field, specializing in childhood psychosis.
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