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Erich Fromm Quotes: "Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction."

Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.




Erich Fromm Quotes: "It takes a moment to tell someone you love them, but it takes a lifetime to prove it."

It takes a moment to tell someone you love them, but it takes a lifetime to prove it.




Erich Fromm Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties."

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.




Erich Fromm Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness."

The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity."

The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.




Erich Fromm Quotes: "The scars left from the child's defeat in the fight against irrational authority are to be found at the bottom of every neurosis."

The scars left from the child's defeat in the fight against irrational authority are to be found at the bottom of every neurosis.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "To love somebody is not just a strong feeling - it is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise."

To love somebody is not just a strong feeling - it is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence."

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



Erich Fromm Quotes: "True love is like a pair of socks: you gotta have two and they've gotta match."

True love is like a pair of socks: you gotta have two and they've gotta match.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers."

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.




Erich Fromm Quotes: "Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either."

Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "When people can't handle God any more, they turn to religion."

When people can't handle God any more, they turn to religion.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies."

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



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved."

Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.



Erich Fromm 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."

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 Quotes: "The affirmation of one's own life, happiness, growth and freedom, is rooted in one's capacity to love."

The affirmation of one's own life, happiness, growth and freedom, is rooted in one's capacity to love.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "It is time to cease to argue about God , and instead to unite in the unmasking of contemporary forms of idolatry."

It is time to cease to argue about God , and instead to unite in the unmasking of contemporary forms of idolatry.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Psychoanalysis is essentially a theory of unconscious strivings, of resistance, of falsification of reality according to one's subjective needs and expectations."

Psychoanalysis is essentially a theory of unconscious strivings, of resistance, of falsification of reality according to one's subjective needs and expectations.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "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?"

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 Quotes: "Most people see the problem of love primarily as that of being loved, rather than that of loving, of one's capacity to love. Hence the problem to them is how to be loved, how to be lovable."

Most people see the problem of love primarily as that of being loved, rather than that of loving, of one's capacity to love. Hence the problem to them is how to be loved, how to be lovable.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "I need you because I love you."

I need you because I love you.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "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"

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 Quotes: "Happiness does not exclude sadness - if a person responds to life, he's sometimes happy and sometimes sad. What matters is he responds."

Happiness does not exclude sadness - if a person responds to life, he's sometimes happy and sometimes sad. What matters is he responds.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask."

As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots."

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "There is nothing of which we are more ashamed than of not being ourselves. And there is nothing which brings us greater joy and happiness than to think, feel, and say what is ours."

There is nothing of which we are more ashamed than of not being ourselves. And there is nothing which brings us greater joy and happiness than to think, feel, and say what is ours.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "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."

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.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Giving is the highest expression of potency."

Giving is the highest expression of potency.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "The deepest need of the human being is to overcome our separateness, to leave the prison of our loneliness."

The deepest need of the human being is to overcome our separateness, to leave the prison of our loneliness.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love."

Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "The aim of life is to be fully born, though its tragedy is that most of us die before we are thus born."

The aim of life is to be fully born, though its tragedy is that most of us die before we are thus born.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "The whole life of the individual is nothing but the process of giving birth to himself; indeed, we should be fully born when we die."

The whole life of the individual is nothing but the process of giving birth to himself; indeed, we should be fully born when we die.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Hate is a product of the unfulfilled life."

Hate is a product of the unfulfilled life.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Human history begins with man's act of disobedience which is at the same time the beginning of his freedom and the development of his reason."

Human history begins with man's act of disobedience which is at the same time the beginning of his freedom and the development of his reason.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "An illusion shared by everyone becomes a reality."

An illusion shared by everyone becomes a reality.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "If the handbag could think, it would have a terrific inferiority feeling, because, not having been bought, it would feel useless."

If the handbag could think, it would have a terrific inferiority feeling, because, not having been bought, it would feel useless.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love."

Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Care and responsibility are constituent elements of love, but without respect for and knowledge of the beloved person, love deteriorates into domination and possessiveness."

Care and responsibility are constituent elements of love, but without respect for and knowledge of the beloved person, love deteriorates into domination and possessiveness.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "We are not on the way to greater individualism, but are becoming an increasingly manipulated mass civilization."

We are not on the way to greater individualism, but are becoming an increasingly manipulated mass civilization.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often."

One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "You have to stop in order to change direction."

You have to stop in order to change direction.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal."

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Love is an act of faith."

Love is an act of faith.



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

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 Quotes: "Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?"

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?



Erich Fromm Quotes: "There is undoubtedly a difference between people who manipulate other people and people who create things."

There is undoubtedly a difference between people who manipulate other people and people who create things.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "We are not only less reasonable and less decent in our dreams... we are also more inteligent, wiser and capable of better judgment when we are asleep than when we are awake."

We are not only less reasonable and less decent in our dreams... we are also more inteligent, wiser and capable of better judgment when we are asleep than when we are awake.