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Quotations From ERICH FROMM

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  • 11.
    The kind of relatedness to the world may be noble or trivial, but even being related to the basest kind of pattern is immensely preferable to being alone.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Escape from Freedom, ch. 1 (1941).

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  • 12.
    Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Man for Himself, ch. 4 (1947).
  • 13.
    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.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. "Nineteenth-Century Capitalism," ch. 5, The Sane Society (1955).
  • 14.
    We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. The Sane Society, ch. 5 (1955).

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  • 15.
    Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Escape from Freedom, ch. 4 (1941).

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  • 16.
    Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Man for Himself, ch. 3 (1947).

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  • 17.
    To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Man for Himself, ch. 4 (1947).
  • 18.
    Just as love is an orientation which refers to all objects and is incompatible with the restriction to one object, so is reason a human faculty which must embrace the whole of the world with which man is confronted.
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. "The Need for a Frame of Orientation and Devotion—Reason vs. Irrationality," ch. 3, The Sane Society (1955).

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