“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