104 Total Quotes

Erich Fromm Quotes

Erich Fromm
Integrity simple means not violating one's own identity.
Erich Fromm
#Integrity #Identity

Erich Fromm
By alienation is meant a mode of experience in which the person experiences himself as an alien. He has become, one might say, estranged from himself. He does not experience himself as the center of his world, as the creator of his own acts, but his acts and their consequences have become his masters, whom he obeys, or whom he may even worship. The alienated person is out of touch with himself as he is out of touch with any other person. He, like the others, is experienced as things are experienced; with the senses and with common sense, but at the same time without being related to oneself and to the world outside positively.
Erich Fromm
#Alienation

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
#American Psychologist

Erich Fromm
The paradoxical and tragic situation of man is that his conscience is weakest when he needs it most
Erich Fromm
#Conscience

Erich Fromm
Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve
Erich Fromm
#Animals

Erich Fromm
Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says: 'I need you because I love you'
Erich Fromm
#I Love You

Erich Fromm
What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.
Erich Fromm
#American Psychologist #Culture

Erich Fromm
As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask.
Erich Fromm
#American Psychologist

Erich Fromm
To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.
Erich Fromm
#American Psychologist

Erich Fromm
In the 19th century inhumanity meant cruelty; in the 20th century it means schizoid self-alienation.
Erich Fromm
#Alienation

Erich Fromm
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.
Erich Fromm
#Journey

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.
Erich Fromm
#American Psychologist #Children

Erich Fromm
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
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#Justice

Erich Fromm
The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
Erich Fromm
#American Psychologist #Certainty

Erich Fromm
The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.
Erich Fromm
#American Psychologist

Erich Fromm
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
Erich Fromm
#American Psychologist #Courage

Erich Fromm
The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science.
Erich Fromm
#American Psychologist #Art

Erich Fromm
We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them.
Erich Fromm
#American Psychologist

Erich Fromm
Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
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#American Psychologist #Adulthood

Erich Fromm
Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.
Erich Fromm
#American Psychologist #Birth

Erich Fromm
Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self.
Erich Fromm
#Conflict

Erich Fromm
Understanding a person does not mean condoning; it only means that one does not accuse him as if one were God or a judge placed above him
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#Accuse