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240 Inspiring Quotes by Erich Fromm

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Wikipedia Summary for Erich Fromm

Erich Seligmann Fromm (German: [fʁɔm]; March 23, 1900 – March 18, 1980) was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. He was a German Jew who fled the Nazi regime and settled in the US. He was one of the founders of The William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology in New York City and was associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory.

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What is it that distinguishes man from animals? It is not his upright posture.

--Erich Fromm

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The human passions transform man from a mere thing into a hero, into a being that in spite of tremendous handicaps tries to make sense of life.

--Erich Fromm

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The whole life of the individual is nothing but the process of giving birth to himself; indeed, we should be fully born when we die -- although it is the tragic fate of most individuals to die before they are born.

--Erich Fromm

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Loving becomes, and the ability to love, becomes one of the most important things in life.

--Erich Fromm


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I think Karl Marx, Pope John XXIII or Rosa Luxemburg had achieved the mode of existence.But it would be useless to look at a list of illustrious names.

--Erich Fromm

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I want to mention that Marx shares something, if you don't mind the comparison, with the Old Testament: many people talk about him, but nobody has read him.

--Erich Fromm

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Like the effect of advertising upon the customer, the methods of political propaganda tend to increase the feeling of insignificance of the individual voter.

--Erich Fromm


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Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.

--Erich Fromm

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It is notorious that no war between countries elicits as much hate and cruelty as civil war, in which there is no lack of acquaintance between the two warring sides.

--Erich Fromm



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The ownership of industry by the state -- that is not socialism.

--Erich Fromm


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Modern man thinks he loses something -- time -- when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains, except kill it.

--Erich Fromm

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One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often.

--Erich Fromm

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Many students of dreams, from Plato to Sigmund Freud, hold that the sleeping person,deprived of contact with the outside world, regresses temporarily to an irrational primitive mental state.

--Erich Fromm

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There is nothing inhuman, evil, or irrational which does not give some comfort, provided it is shared by a group.

--Erich Fromm



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In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.

--Erich Fromm

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The cruelty itself is motivated by something deeper: the wish to know the secret of things and of life.

--Erich Fromm


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Optimism is an alienated form of faith, pessimism an alienated form of despair.

--Erich Fromm

Longer Version:

Optimism is an alienated form of faith, pessimism an alienated form of despair. If one truly responds to man and his future, ie , concernedly and "responsibly." one can respond only by faith or by despair. Rational faith as well as rational despair are based on the most thorough, critical knowledge of all the factors that are relevant for the survival of man.




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I would say democracy once meant an organizational society and a state, in which the individual citizen is -- feels -- responsible, and acts responsibly, and participates in decision-making.

--Erich Fromm

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In the first World War British propaganda had to invent the stories of German soldiers bayoneting Belgian babies, because there were too few real atrocities to feed the hatred against the enemy.

--Erich Fromm


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People have committed suicide because of their failure to realize the passions for love , power , fame , revenge . Cases of suicide because of a lack of sexual satisfaction are virtually nonexistent.

--Erich Fromm


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In the development of both capitalism and communism, as we visualize them in the next fifty or a hundred years, the processes that encourage human alienation will continue.

--Erich Fromm

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The average American has separated his private life from his existence as a member of his society, and leaves that to the specialists in the government to take care of.

--Erich Fromm

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It doesn't matter whether one uses God or doesn't. What matters is which experience a person has.

--Erich Fromm

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The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge.

--Erich Fromm

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Be aware of the fact that words, in and by themselves, have no reality, except in terms of the context in which they are used, in terms of the intentions and the character of the one who uses them.

--Erich Fromm



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Jewish legend says that the world rests on 36 just men: only thirty six, but their moral strength is immense.

--Erich Fromm



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Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one's country which is not part of one's love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.

--Erich Fromm

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The existential split in man would be unbearable could he not establish a sense of unity within himself and with the natural and human world outside.

--Erich Fromm

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A new question has arisen in modern man's mind, the question, namely, whether life is worth living...No sensible answer can be given to the question...because the question does not make any sense.

--Erich Fromm



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Care and responsibility are constituent elements of love, but without respect for and knowledge of the beloved person, love deteriorates into domination and possessiveness.

--Erich Fromm

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To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.

--Erich Fromm


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Sigmund Freud assumes that every dream represents the satisfaction of adesire and in the last analysis, of a sexual desire that has its roots in infancy.

--Erich Fromm

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Today, we talk a lot about equality, but I think what most people mean by it is sameness -- that everybody is the same -- and they are afraid if they are not the same, they are not equal.

--Erich Fromm

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I am convinced that boredom is one of the greatest tortures. If I were to imagine Hell, it would be the place where you were continually bored.

--Erich Fromm

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Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.

--Erich Fromm



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If it is a virtue to love my neighbor as a human being, it must be a virtue -- and not a vice -- to love myself, since I am a human being too.

--Erich Fromm

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As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask.

--Erich Fromm


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Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought.

--Erich Fromm

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Man is the only animal that can be bored.

--Erich Fromm

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Education is helping the child realise his potentialities.

--Erich Fromm




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In the 19th century inhumanity meant cruelty; in the 20th century it means schizoid self-alienation.

--Erich Fromm


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Man can be conditioned to behave in almost every desired way; but only "almost.

--Erich Fromm

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There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself.

--Erich Fromm

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Human history began with an act of disobedience and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience.

--Erich Fromm

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Giving is the highest expression of potency.

--Erich Fromm

Longer Version:

Giving is the highest expression of potency...Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.


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Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and you'll live as you've never lived before.

--Erich Fromm

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What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.

--Erich Fromm

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I think what democracy means today, in reality, is to a large extent, manipulated consent -- not forced consent, manipulated consent -- and manipulated more and more with the help of Madison Avenue.

--Erich Fromm

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If we want to Fascism we must understand it. Wishful thinking will not help us. And reciting optimistic formulae will prove to be as inadequate and useless as the ritual of an Indian rain dance.

--Erich Fromm

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There is nothing of which we are more ashamed than of not being ourselves. And there is nothing which brings us greater joy and happiness than to think, feel, and say what is ours.

--Erich Fromm

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All men are in need of help and depend on one another. Human solidarity is the necessary condition for the unfolding of any one individual.

--Erich Fromm

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The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.

--Erich Fromm

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Fortitude is the capacity to say no when the world wants to hear yes.

--Erich Fromm

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A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul.

--Erich Fromm

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Man can only know the nagation, never the position of ultimate reality.

--Erich Fromm

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Love is hot a higher power which descends upon mn nor a duty which is imposed upon him; it is his own power by which he relates himself to the world and makes it truly his.

--Erich Fromm



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Today the function of psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis threatens to become the tool in the manipulation of man.

--Erich Fromm


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The right to express our thoughts means something only if we are able to have thoughts of our own.

--Erich Fromm

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It seems that great minds a hundred years ago saw what would happen today or tomorrow, while we to whom it is happening blind ourselves in order not to be disturbed in our daily routine.

--Erich Fromm

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If the handbag could think, it would have a terrific inferiority feeling, because, not having been bought, it would feel useless.

--Erich Fromm

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I would say, compared with the 19th century, compared with most previous history, this is as good or better a society than any which man has ever made. But that doesn't mean it is such a good one.

--Erich Fromm

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Even the most sadistic and destructive man is human, as human as the saint.

--Erich Fromm

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We have a religious renaissance today in America, as many people say. I would say this religious renaissance, ninety percent of it is the greatest danger true religious experience has ever been confronted with.

--Erich Fromm



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Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. Patriotism is its cult.

--Erich Fromm




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To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness.

--Erich Fromm

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Happiness does not exclude sadness -- if a person responds to life, he's sometimes happy and sometimes sad. What matters is he responds.

--Erich Fromm


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Love is not easy. All great religions postulate love as one of the greatest accomplishments. If it were that easy, or as easy as most people think, certainly, the great religious leaders would have been rather naive.

--Erich Fromm

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The most important things we talk about on Sundays are things to which we pay very little attention.

--Erich Fromm


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Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.

--Erich Fromm

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Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself.

--Erich Fromm

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Exploitation and manipulation produce boredom and triviality; they cripple man, and all factors that make man into a psychic cripple turn him also into a sadist or a destroyer.

--Erich Fromm

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We are a society of notoriously unhappy people: lonely, anxious, depressed, destructive, dependent -- people who are glad when we have killed the time we are trying so hard to save.

--Erich Fromm

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Integrity simply means not violating one's own identity.

--Erich Fromm

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If you do not smile, you are judged lacking in a 'pleasing personality' -- and you need to have a pleasing personality if you want to sell your services, whether as a waitress, a salesman, or a physician.

--Erich Fromm

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Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.

--Erich Fromm

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Equality today means ‘sameness,' rather than ‘oneness.'

--Erich Fromm

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What is common to our societies is the development into a managed mass society, with big bureaucracy, managing people. The Russians do it by force. We do it by persuasion.

--Erich Fromm

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Love isn't something natural. Rather it requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn't a feeling, it is a practice.

--Erich Fromm

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We are not on the way to greater individualism, but are becoming an increasingly manipulated mass civilization.

--Erich Fromm


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Solidarity isn't merely a task, it is a pleasure and the best assurance of security.

--Erich Fromm

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The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness.

--Erich Fromm



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Just as love is an orientation which refers to all objects and is incompatible with the restriction to one object, so is reason a human faculty which must embrace the whole of the world with which man is confronted.

--Erich Fromm

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Finally one arrives at this: the state of sleep has an ambiguous function; in sleep, the lack of contact with the culture brings out the worst and also the best in us.

--Erich Fromm


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To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.

--Erich Fromm


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The deepest need of the human being is to overcome our
separateness, to leave the prison of our loneliness.

--Erich Fromm


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The only concern which I have today is that we have a policy, a foreign policy, which enables us to avoid a catastrophe; which, if one understands it properly, is indescribable.

--Erich Fromm


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Fairness means not to use fraud and trickery in the exchange of commodities and services and the exchange of feelings.

--Erich Fromm

Longer Version:

Fairness means not to use fraud and trickery in the exchange of commodities and services and the exchange of feelings...Exploitation and manipulation produce boredom and triviality; they cripple man, and all factors that make man into a psychic cripple turn him also into a sadist or a destroyer.


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I would consider a socialism a mixture of the minimum of centralization necessary for a modern industrial state, and a maximum of decentralization.

--Erich Fromm

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Modern man's happiness consists in the thrill of looking at the shop windows, and in buying all that he can afford to buy, either for cash or on installments.

--Erich Fromm

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Man today being concerned with production and consumption as ends in themselves, has very little engergy time to devote himself to the true religious experience.

--Erich Fromm

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Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves.

--Erich Fromm

Longer Version:

Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves. If we do not understand the language in which they are written, we miss a great deal of what we know and tell ourselves in those hours when we are not busy manipulating the outside world.


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Love of others and love of ourselves are not alternatives. On the contrary, an attitude of love towards themselves will be found in all those who are capable of loving others.

--Erich Fromm





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Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self.

--Erich Fromm

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Protestantism and Calvinism, while giving expression to a new feeling of freedom, at the same time constituted an escape from the burden of freedom.

--Erich Fromm

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There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.

--Erich Fromm


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We are not only less reasonable and less decent in our dreams... we are also more inteligent, wiser and capable of better judgment when we are asleep than when we are awake.

--Erich Fromm


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Erotic love begins with separateness, and ends in oneness. Motherly love begins with oneness, and leads to separateness.

--Erich Fromm


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Exclusive love is a contradiction in itself.

--Erich Fromm

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If there is no evidence that sport lowers aggression, at the same time it should be said that there is also no evidence that sport is motivated by aggression.

--Erich Fromm

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The experience of separateness arouses anxiety; it is, indeed, the source of all anxiety.

--Erich Fromm

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Can freedom become a burden, too heavy for man to bear, something he tries to escape from?..Is there not also, perhaps, besides an innate desire for freedom, an instinctive wish for submission?

--Erich Fromm


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Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved..

--Erich Fromm

Longer Version:

Mother's love is bliss, is peace, it need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. If it is there, it is like a blessing; if it is not there it is as if all the beauty had gone out of life.


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Happiness should be something which results from the creative, genuine, intense relatedness -- awareness, responsiveness, to everything in life -- to man, to nature.

--Erich Fromm


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Religion and nationalism, as well as any custom and any belief however absurd and degrading, if it only connects the individual with others, are refuges from what man most dreads: isolation.

--Erich Fromm

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The paradoxical and tragic situation of man is that his conscience is weakest when he needs it most.

--Erich Fromm

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I feel worried, deeply worried, only about one thing -- the possibility that we fall... that we cannot avoid an atomic war.

--Erich Fromm

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To live is to be born every minute. Death occurs when birth stops.

--Erich Fromm

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If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?

--Erich Fromm



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Human history begins with man's act of disobedience which is at the same time the beginning of his freedom and the development of his reason.

--Erich Fromm

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Ideas become powerful only if they appear in the flesh; an idea which does not lead to action by the individual and by groups remains at best a paragraph or a footnote in a book.

--Erich Fromm


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Free man is by necessity insecure, thinking man by necessity uncertain.

--Erich Fromm

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Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an ordination of character which determines the relatedness of the person to the whole world as a whole, not toward one object of love.

--Erich Fromm




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The scars left from the child's defeat in the fight against irrational authority are to be found at the bottom of every neurosis.

--Erich Fromm

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I love in you everybody, I love through you the world, I love in you also myself.

--Erich Fromm

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The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself is not to feel secure but to be able to tolerate insecurity.

--Erich Fromm

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Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.

--Erich Fromm

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The aim of life is to be fully born, though its tragedy is that most of us die before we are thus born.

--Erich Fromm



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Our society is run by a managerial bureaucracy, by professional politicians; people are motivated by mass suggestion, their aim is producing more and consuming more, as purposes in
themselves.

--Erich Fromm

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If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism.

--Erich Fromm


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The absolutely alienated individual worships at the altar of an idol, and it makes little difference by what names this idol is known.

--Erich Fromm


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While every human being has a capacity for love, its realization is one of the most difficult achievements.

--Erich Fromm


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Man does not only sell commodities, he sells himself and feels himself to be a commodity.

--Erich Fromm



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Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.

--Erich Fromm


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Man always dies before he is fully born.

--Erich Fromm


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In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead. In the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead.

--Erich Fromm

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Love is an act of faith.

--Erich Fromm

Longer Version:

Love is an act of faith and whoever is of little faith is also of title love.





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The affirmation of one's own life, happiness, growth and freedom, is rooted in one's capacity to love.

--Erich Fromm

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Power on the one side, fear on the other, are always the buttresses on which irrational authority is built.

--Erich Fromm


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The state of sleep is a state of freedom in which man is not occupied with the manipulation of the outside world.

--Erich Fromm

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The sick individual finds himself at home with all other similarly sick individuals. The whole culture is geared to this kind of pathology.

--Erich Fromm

Longer Version:

The sick individual finds himself at home with all other similarly sick individuals. The whole culture is geared to this kind of pathology. The result is that the average individual does not experience the separateness and isolation the fully schizophrenic person feels. He feels at ease among those who suffer from the same deformation; in fact, it is the fully sane person who feels isolated in the insane society -- and he may suffer so much from the incapacity to communicate that it is he who may become psychotic.


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To take the difficulties, setbacks and sorrows of life as a challenge to overcome makes us stronger, rather than unjust punishment which should not happen to us, requires faith and courage.

--Erich Fromm

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The member of a primitive clan might express his identity in the formula "I am we"; he cannot yet conceive of himself as an "individual," existing apart from his group.

--Erich Fromm

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I believe that man is the product of natural evolution that is born from the conflict of being a prisoner and separated from nature, and from the need to find unity and harmony with it.

--Erich Fromm



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Creativity is the ability to see and to respond.

--Erich Fromm


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In times of change, learners inherit the earth.

--Erich Fromm


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Pleasure and thrill are conducive to sadness after the so-called peak has been reached; for the thrill has been experienced, but the vessel has not grown.

--Erich Fromm



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According to me Sigmund Freud did not notice that the dream expresses the inner experiences in a symbolic form,resembling in that, poetry or other art forms.

--Erich Fromm


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The criterion of mental health is not one of individual adjustment to a given social order, but a universal one, valid for all men, of giving a satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.

--Erich Fromm

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The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind -- not the fiend or the sadist.

--Erich Fromm

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There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.

--Erich Fromm

Arizona landscape

Is love an art? Then it requires knowledge and effort.

--Erich Fromm

Longer Version:

Is love an art? Then it requires knowledge and effort. Love is not a spontaneous feeling, a thing that you fall into, but is something that requires thought, knowledge, care, giving, and respect. And it is something that is rare and difficult to find in capitalism, which commodifies human activity.


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Modern man lives under the illusion that he knows what he wants, while he actually wants what he is supposed to want.

--Erich Fromm

Longer Version:

Modern man lives under the illusion that he knows 'what he wants,' while he actually wants what he is supposed to want. In order to accept this it is necessary to realize that to know what one really wants is not comparatively easy, as most people think, but one of the most difficult problems any human being has to solve. It is a task we frantically try to avoid by accepting ready-made goals as though they were our own.


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Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.

--Erich Fromm


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Authority is not a quality one person 'has,' in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him.

--Erich Fromm


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Faith is not a weak form of belief or knowledge; it is not faith in this or that; faith is the conviction about the not yet proven, the knowledge of the real possibility, the awareness of pregnancy.

--Erich Fromm

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The essential difference between the unhappy, neurotic type person and him of great joy is the difference between get and give.

--Erich Fromm

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A vast sector of modern advertising... does not appeal to reason but to emotion; like any other kind of hypnoid suggestion, it tries to impress its objects emotionally and then make them submit intellectually.

--Erich Fromm

silhouette of woman during sunset

We substitute, or we rather hide, this fear of real intimacy by a superficial kind of friendliness, which is quite nice, but nevertheless, very shallow.

--Erich Fromm


grassland landscape

Love is the child of freedom, never that of domination.

--Erich Fromm

river painting

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

--Erich Fromm



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When people can see a vision and simultaneously recognize what can be done step by step in a concrete way to achieve it, they will begin to feel encouragement and enthusiasm instead of fright.

--Erich Fromm

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The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots.

--Erich Fromm

Longer Version:

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man's nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become ''Golems',' they will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life.


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I have learnt to appreciate the clarity of English language.

--Erich Fromm


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Productive work, love and thought are possible only if a person can be, when necessary, quiet and alone. To be able to listen to oneself is the necessary condition for relating oneself to others.

--Erich Fromm


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Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.

--Erich Fromm

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