erich fromm Quotes

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
— Erich Fromm
To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.
tags: die ideas
— Erich Fromm
The mature response to the problem of existence is love.
tags: existence problem
— Erich Fromm
The real opposition is that between the ego-bound man, whose existence is structured by the principle of having, and the free man, who has overcome his egocentricity.
tags: men existence real
— Erich Fromm
The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
tags: men power meaning
— Erich Fromm
Man's main task is to give birth to himself.
tags: birth
— Erich Fromm
Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. 'Patriotism' is its cult... 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.
tags: humanity insanity worship patriotism
— Erich Fromm
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.
tags: people oneself faith hope
— Erich Fromm
One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often.
tags: world
— Erich Fromm
Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
tags: animals men existence problem
— Erich Fromm
Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love.
tags: alone
— Erich Fromm
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
tags: courage creativity
— Erich Fromm
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.
tags: patience discipline faith
— Erich Fromm
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.
tags: time people society
— Erich Fromm
Reason flows from the blending of rational thought and feeling. If the two functions are torn apart, thinking deteriorates into schizoid intellectual activity and feeling deteriorates into neurotic life-damaging passions.
tags: thoughts thinking passion
— Erich Fromm
People do not see that the main question is not : "Am I loved?" which is to a large extent the question : "Am I approved of? Am I protected? Am I admired?" The main question is: "Can I love?
tags: people questions
— Erich Fromm
Critical and radical thought will only bear fruit when it is blended with the most precious quality man is endowed with - the love of life
tags: men thoughts quality radical
— Erich Fromm
Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an orientation of character which determines the relatedness of a person to the world as a whole, not toward one "object" of love. If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to the rest of his fellow men, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism. Yet, most people believe that love is constituted by the object, not by the faculty.
tags: character men people world believe attitude relationship
— Erich Fromm
The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.
— Erich Fromm
Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.
tags: peace mother
— Erich Fromm
The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.
— Erich Fromm
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
tags: happiness grief experience oneself
— Erich Fromm
There is nothing inhuman, evil, or irrational which does not give some comfort, provided it is shared by a group.
tags: evil comfort
— Erich Fromm
The more the drive toward life is thwarted, the stronger is the drive toward destruction; the more life is realized, the less is the strength of destructiveness. Destructiveness is the outcome of unlived life.
tags: strength
— Erich Fromm
if i am what i have, and i lose what i have, who then am i?
— Erich Fromm
In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.
— Erich Fromm
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.
tags: time men
— Erich Fromm
To have faith requires courage, the ability to take a risk, the readiness even to accept pain and disappointment. Whoever insists on safety and security as primary conditions of life cannot have faith; whoever shuts himself off in a system of defense, where distance and possession are his means of security, makes himself a prisoner. To be loved, and to love, need courage, the courage to judge certain values as of ultimate concern " and to take the jump and to stake everything on these values.
tags: pain value risk disappointment faith courage
— Erich Fromm
As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask.
— Erich Fromm
Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others.
tags: people faith
— Erich Fromm
What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.
tags: people culture sex
— Erich Fromm
In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead. In the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead.
tags: men problem god
— Erich Fromm
Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality.
tags: men equality process
— Erich Fromm
There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
tags: freedom real fail
— Erich Fromm
If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?
— Erich Fromm
The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.
tags: people
— Erich Fromm
Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
tags: children society adult child education
— Erich Fromm
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.
tags: joy suffering moment worth
— Erich Fromm
The mother- child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.
tags: children help child mother relationship
— Erich Fromm
Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
tags: people greed
— Erich Fromm
erich fromm
Birth    : March 23, 1900
Death  : March 18, 1980
Occupation  : Psychologist

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