Erich Fromm Quotes

 

    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.'
Mature love says: 'I need you because I love you'

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

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

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

There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail

Man always dies before he is fully born

Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an ordination of character which determines the relatedness of the person to the whole world as a whole, not toward one object of love

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

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties

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

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

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

To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable

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

The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity

Destructiveness is the outcome of unlived lives

While every human being has a capacity for love, its realization is one of the most difficult achievements”

As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found--in himself

Men are born equal but they are also born different

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

There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love

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

 

 

The Little Prince

"People where you live," the little prince said, "grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they're looking for..."

"They don't find it," I answered.

"And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water..."

"Of course," I answered.

And the little prince added, "But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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