Erich Fromm

(1900_1980 / Frankfurt)

Erich Fromm Quotes

  • ''The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.''
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Escape From Freedom, ch. 7 (1941).
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  • ''Man's biological weakness is the condition of human culture.''
    Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Escape from Freedom, ch. 2 (1941).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).

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