Erich Fromm Quotes

59 Erich Fromm quotes:

"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."
"Man's biological weakness is the condition of human culture."
"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."
"One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often."
"Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market."
"Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality."
"Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies."
"Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence."
"There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself."
"Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others."
"Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction."
"If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?"
"The most beautiful as well as the most ugly inclinations of man are not part of a fixed biologically given human nature, but result from the social process which creates man."
"Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much."
"There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love."
"Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought."
"The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity."
"In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead. In the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead."
"Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve."
"There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or to be acted out under the guise of virtue."

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