Erich Fromm Quotes


59 Erich Fromm quotes:



"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 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."
"One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often."
"Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality."
"Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others."
"The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity."
"The paradoxical and tragic situation of man is that his conscience is weakest when he needs it most"
Author: Fromm Quotes Category: Conscience 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"
"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
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction."
"Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much."
"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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