Quotations From ERICH FROMM


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  • Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. "Alienation," ch. 5, The Sane Society (1955).

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  • In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead; in the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. The Sane Society, ch. 9 (1955).

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  • 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 (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. The Art of Loving, ch. 2 (1956).
  • What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. The Art of Loving, ch. 1 (1956).

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  • Immature love says: "I love you because I need you." Mature love says: "I need you because I love you."
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. The Art of Loving, ch. 2 (1956).

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  • Man may be defined as the animal that can say "I," that can be aware of himself as a separate entity.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. "Sense of Identity," ch. 3, The Sane Society (1955).

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  • 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 (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Man For Himself, ch. 4 (1947).

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  • The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Man for Himself, ch. 3 (1947).
  • The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Escape From Freedom, ch. 7 (1941).
  • Man's biological weakness is the condition of human culture.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Escape from Freedom, ch. 2 (1941).

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