21 April 2009

Erich Fromm Quotes

Quotes of Erich Fromm:

If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?


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.


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.


Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.


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.



Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.'
Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'


In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.


In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead.
In the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead.



Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality.


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.


Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.


Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.


Man always dies before he is fully born.


Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.


Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies.


Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought.

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