Man is concrete sexual desire  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"Man is concrete sexual desire" (konkreter Geschlechtstrieb) is a dictum by Arthur Schopenhauer found in The World as Will and Representation, in the 42nd chapter "Leben der Gattung."

Freud translator James Strachey was of the opinion that the passage from which the above quote comes greatly influenced Sigmund Freud's theory of psychosexual development which gave the sex life of man center stage, although Freud never said this in so many words. Freud did mention Schopenhauer in his essay "The Resistances to Psycho-Analysis" stating that "Schopenhauer has emphasized the unique importance of sex life with memorable emphasis".

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