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Erich Fromm Quotes

(1900-1980), American Psychologist

By alienation is meant a mode of experience in which the person experiences himself as an alien. He has become, one might say, estranged from himself. He does not experience himself as the center of his world, as the creator of his own acts -- but his acts and their consequences have become his masters, whom he obeys, or whom he may even worship. The alienated person is out of touch with himself as he is out of touch with any other person. He, like the others, is experienced as things are experienced; with the senses and with common sense, but at the same time without being related to oneself and to the world outside positively.

Category: Alienation

Authority is not a quality one person ''has,'' in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him.

Category: Authority

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.

Category: Birth

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.

Category: Charity

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

Category: Creativity

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

Category: Creativity

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

Category: Death And Dying

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

Category: Equality

Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.

Category: Existence

Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others.

Category: Faith

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man's nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become ''Golems,'' they will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life.

Category: Future

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

Category: Greed

Man may be defined as the animal that can say ''I,'' that can be aware of himself as a separate entity.

Category: Identity

Integrity simple means not violating one's own identity.

Category: Integrity

Reason is man's faculty for grasping the world by thought, in contradiction to intelligence, which is man's ability to manipulate the world with the help of thought. Reason is man's instrument for arriving at the truth, intelligence is man's instrument for manipulating the world more successfully; the former is essentially human, the latter belongs to the animal part of man.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals