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    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.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: die  ideas 
     
    The mature response to the problem of existence is love.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: existence  problem 
     
    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.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: men  existence  real 
     
    The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: men  power  meaning 
     
    Man's main task is to give birth to himself.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: birth 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: people  oneself  faith  hope 
     
    One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: world 
     
    Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
    — Erich Fromm
    Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: alone 
     
    Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
    — 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.
    — 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.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: time  people  society 
     
    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.
    — 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?
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: people  questions 
     
    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
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: men  thoughts  quality  radical 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: peace  mother 
     
    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
    — Erich Fromm
    There is nothing inhuman, evil, or irrational which does not give some comfort, provided it is shared by a group.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: evil  comfort 
     
    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.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: strength 
     
    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.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: time  men 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: people  faith 
     
    What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: people  culture  sex 
     
    In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead. In the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: men  problem  god 
     
    Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: men  equality  process 
     
    There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: freedom  real  fail 
     
    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.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: people 
     
    Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
    — 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.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: joy  suffering  moment  worth 
     
    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.
    — Erich Fromm
    Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
    — Erich Fromm
    tags: people  greed 
     
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    erich fromm
    Birth    : March 23, 1900
    Death  : March 18, 1980
    Occupation  : Psychologist