Erich Fromm

Erich Fromm

Erich Seligmann Fromm (March 23, 1900 – March 18, 1980) was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. He was associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory.

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Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind - not the fiend or the sadist.

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children and not for the education of all adults of every age?

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

Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies.

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots.

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.

Man's biological weakness is the condition of human culture.

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

If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?

There is hardly any activity any enterprise which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations and yet which fails so regularly as love.

The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation be it in art or in science.

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

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

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.

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.

Man always dies before he is fully born.

Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves. If we do not understand the language in which they are written we miss a great deal of what we know and tell ourselves in those hours when we are not busy manipulating the outside world.

Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'

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

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