Erich Fromm Quotes


59 Erich Fromm quotes:



"The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science."
"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."
"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"
"Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self."
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"The paradoxical and tragic situation of man is that his conscience is weakest when he needs it most"
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"Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve"
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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"
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"Integrity simple means not violating one's own identity."
Author: Fromm Quotes Category: Integrity Quotes Identity Quotes
"Modern man lives under the illusion that he knows what he wants, while he actually wants what he is supposed to want"
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"Reason is man's faculty for grasping the world by thought, in contradiction to intelligence, which is man's ability to manipulate the world with the help of thought. Reason is man's instrument for arriving at the truth, intelligence is man's instrument for manipulating the world more successfully; the former is essentially human, the latter belongs to the animal part of man."
"There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail."
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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"
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"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: Scientists Quotes
"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
"Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be...Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar, and you'll live as you've never lived before."
Author: Fromm Quotes Category: Journey 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."
"In love, the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two."
"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



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