Erich Fromm

thumb|right|Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. Erich Fromm (23 March 1900 - 18 March 1980) German-American psychologist and humanistic philosopher.
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Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an orientation of character which determines the relatedness of a person to the world as a whole, not towards one 'object' of love.

Erich Fromm

Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.

Erich Fromm

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.

Erich Fromm

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.

Erich Fromm

The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.

Erich Fromm

What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

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.

Erich Fromm

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

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In love, the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.

Erich Fromm

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.

Erich Fromm

There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.

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That man can destroy life is just as miraculous a feat as that he can create it, for life is the miracle, the inexplicable. In the act of destruction, man sets himself above life; he transcends himself as a creature.

Erich Fromm

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

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

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge.

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be...Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar, and you'll live as you've never lived before.

Erich Fromm

Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.

Erich Fromm

Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought.

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Sleep is often the only occasion in which man cannot silence his conscience; we forget what we knew in our dream.

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Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

Erich Fromm

Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.

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