Erich Fromm Quotes
Brief author info: Erich Fromm (1900-1980) German-born American psychoanalyst and philosopher.
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There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself.
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.
Faith is not a weak form of belief or knowledge; it is not faith in this or that; faith is the conviction about the not yet proven, the knowledge of the real possibility, the awareness of pregnancy.
The call for "law and order" (rather than for life and structure) and for stricter punishment of criminals, as well as the obsession with violence and destruction among some "revolutionaries," are only further instances of the powerful attraction of necrophilia in the contemporary world.
Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. "Patriotism" is its cult.
Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
If there is no evidence that sport lowers aggression, at the same time it should be said that there is also no evidence that sport is motivated by aggression.
To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness.
The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots.
Man can be conditioned to behave in almost every desired way; but only "almost."
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Some people think it's holding on that makes one strong. Sometimes it's letting go.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we are born.
To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.