Erich Fromm

(1900_1980 / Frankfurt)

Erich Fromm Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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