They don't realize that we are bringing them the plague  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"They don't realize that we are bringing them the plague." ("Wir bringen ihnen die Pest und sie wissen es nicht") is a dictum attributed to Sigmund Freud, rumored to have been remarked on Freud's only visit to the United States. According to legend, when the ocean liner SS George Washington arrived in New York, Freud addressed his remark to Carl Jung. The origin of the legend is dubious. The earliest reference to it is in Octave Mannoni 1968 book on Freud, where it is said that it was Carl Jung who related Freud's remark to Jacques Lacan, who was fond of quoting it to his students (Mannoni, 1971, 168). David Cronenberg made use of it in his film A Dangerous Method (2011).

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