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Erich Fromm Quotes: "Capitalism puts things (capital) higher than life (labor). Power follows from possession, not from activity."

Capitalism puts things (capital) higher than life (labor). Power follows from possession, not from activity.




Erich Fromm Quotes: "The bureaucrat is a man who administers things and people, and who relates himself to people as to things."

The bureaucrat is a man who administers things and people, and who relates himself to people as to things.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science."

The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "To feel completely alone and isolated leads to mental disintegration just as physical starvation leads to death."

To feel completely alone and isolated leads to mental disintegration just as physical starvation leads to death.




Erich Fromm Quotes: "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."

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 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: "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: "Man does not suffer so much from poverty today as he suffers from the fact that he has become a cog in a large machine, an automaton, that his life has become empty and lost its meaning."

Man does not suffer so much from poverty today as he suffers from the fact that he has become a cog in a large machine, an automaton, that his life has become empty and lost its meaning.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'"

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



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: "The cruelty itself is motivated by something deeper: the wish to know the secret of things and of life."

The cruelty itself is motivated by something deeper: the wish to know the secret of things and of life.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "The only way in which the world can be grasped ultimately lies, not in thought, but in the act, in the experience of oneness."

The only way in which the world can be grasped ultimately lies, not in thought, but in the act, in the experience of oneness.




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: "They were more free, but they were more alone."

They were more free, but they were more alone.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "There is nothing inhuman, evil, or irrational which does not give some comfort, provided it is shared by a group."

There is nothing inhuman, evil, or irrational which does not give some comfort, provided it is shared by a group.



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: "Human nature, though being the product of historical evolution, has certain inherent mechanisms and laws, to discover which is the task of psychology."

Human nature, though being the product of historical evolution, has certain inherent mechanisms and laws, to discover which is the task of psychology.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Man is the only animal that can be bored."

Man is the only animal that can be bored.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself."

There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Immature love says "I love you because I need you." Mature love says "I need you because I love you.""

Immature love says "I love you because I need you." Mature love says "I need you because I love you."



Erich Fromm Quotes: "A society whose members are helpless need idols."

A society whose members are helpless need idols.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Integrity simply means a willingness not to violate one's identity."

Integrity simply means a willingness not to violate one's identity.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?"

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



Erich Fromm Quotes: "The doubt itself will not disappear as long as man does not overcome his isolation and as long as his place in the world has not become a meaningful one in terms of his human needs."

The doubt itself will not disappear as long as man does not overcome his isolation and as long as his place in the world has not become a meaningful one in terms of his human needs.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Love is a power which produces love."

Love is a power which produces love.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane."

That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Equality today means "sameness" rather than "oneness"."

Equality today means "sameness" rather than "oneness".



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Is love an art? Then it requires knowledge and effort."

Is love an art? Then it requires knowledge and effort.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "We are what we do."

We are what we do.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "The supremacy of cerebral, manipulative thinking goes together with an atrophy of emotional life."

The supremacy of cerebral, manipulative thinking goes together with an atrophy of emotional life.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "If the religious system does not correspond to the prevalent social character, if it conflicts with the social practice of life, it is only an ideology."

If the religious system does not correspond to the prevalent social character, if it conflicts with the social practice of life, it is only an ideology.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "They have their big, ever-changing egos, but none has a self, a core, a sense of identity."

They have their big, ever-changing egos, but none has a self, a core, a sense of identity.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Free man is by necessity insecure thinking man by necessity uncertain."

Free man is by necessity insecure thinking man by necessity uncertain.



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

Giving is the highest expression of potency.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Free man is by necessity insecure thinking man is by necessity uncertain."

Free man is by necessity insecure thinking man is by necessity uncertain.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Progress in social psychology is necessary to counteract the dangers which arise from the progress in physics and medicine."

Progress in social psychology is necessary to counteract the dangers which arise from the progress in physics and medicine.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "the key problem of psychology is that of the specific kind of relatedness of the individual towards the world and not that of the satisfaction or frustration of this or that instinctual need per se"

the key problem of psychology is that of the specific kind of relatedness of the individual towards the world and not that of the satisfaction or frustration of this or that instinctual need per se



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Man absolutely cannot live by himself."

Man absolutely cannot live by himself.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "If it is a virtue to love my neighbor as a human being it must be a virtue - and not a vice - to love myself since I am a human being too."

If it is a virtue to love my neighbor as a human being it must be a virtue - and not a vice - to love myself since I am a human being too.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Man always dies before he is fully born."

Man always dies before he is fully born.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers."

There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Immature loves says ' I love because I need you. Mature love says I need you because I love you."

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



Erich Fromm Quotes: "There is only one meaning of life the act of living itself."

There is only one meaning of life the act of living itself.



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: "There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as 'moral indignation, ' which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue."

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as 'moral indignation, ' which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "Today we take for granted that we are we. Yet the doubt about ourselves still exists, or has even grown."

Today we take for granted that we are we. Yet the doubt about ourselves still exists, or has even grown.



Erich Fromm Quotes: "For despite what some people say, love is not only a sweet falling bound to come and quickly go away."

For despite what some people say, love is not only a sweet falling bound to come and quickly go away.