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Erich Fromm Quotes


59 Erich Fromm quotes:



"The paradoxical and tragic situation of man is that his conscience is weakest when he needs it most"
Author: Fromm Quotes Category: Conscience Quotes
"The pace of science forces the pace of technique. Theoretical physics forces atomic energy on us; the successful production of the fission bomb forces upon us the manufacture of the hydrogen bomb. We do not choose our problems, we do not choose our products; we are pushed, we are forced / by what? By a system which has no purpose and goal transcending it, and which makes man its appendix."
Author: Fromm Quotes Category: Energy Quotes
"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"
"Only when man succeeds in developing his reason and love further than he has done so far, only when he can build a world based on human solidarity and justice, only when he can feel rooted in the experience of universal brotherliness, will he have tr"
Author: Fromm Quotes Category: Justice Quotes
"Modern man lives under the illusion that he knows what he wants, while he actually wants what he is supposed to want"
Author: Fromm Quotes Category: Illusion Quotes
"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"
Author: Fromm Quotes Category: History Quotes
"Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love."
"Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. ''Patriotism'' is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by ''patriotism'' I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one's own nation, which is the concern with the nation's spiritual as much as with its material welfare --never with its power over other nations. 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."
Author: Fromm Quotes Category: Patriotism Quotes
"Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies."
"Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'"
"There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers."
"As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask."
"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."
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties."
"We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them."
"The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers."
"The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have."
"Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self."
"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."
"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."



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