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

— Erich Fromm

The most lust Erich Fromm quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.

165

Many psychiatrists and psychologists refuse to entertain the idea that society as a whole may be lacking in sanity. They hold that the problem of mental health in a society is only that of the number of 'unadjusted' individuals, and not of a possible unadjustment of the culture itself.

153

Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.

149
Erich Fromm quote Fortitude is the capacity to say no when

Fortitude is the capacity to say no when the world wants to hear yes.

28

It takes a moment to tell someone you love them, but it takes a lifetime to prove it.

131

Respect is not fear and awe; it...[is]the ability to see a person as he is, to be aware of his unique individuality. Respect, thus, implies the absence of exploitation. I want the loved person to grow and unfold for his own sake, and in his own ways, and not for the purpose of serving me.

120

Try the Top 10 quotes and images by Erich Fromm


Or check the curated lists with quotes from Erich Fromm:
Quotes about Love

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.

110
Erich Fromm quote Creativity requires the courage to let g

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainty.

40

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.

110

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

110

Love isn't something natural. Rather it requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn't a feeling, it is a practice.

104

The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.

104

The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane.

97

The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness.

97

About Erich Fromm

Quotes 408 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Psychologist
Birthday October 16

The scars left from the child's defeat in the fight against irrational authority are to be found at the bottom of every neurosis.

89

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

88

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.

86

Let your mind start a journey through a strange new world.

Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be. Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.

82

To love somebody is not just a strong feeling - it is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise.

79

Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.

78

True love is like a pair of socks: you gotta have two and they've gotta match.

75

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning.

Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.

72

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

67

If I perceive in another person mainly the surface, I perceive mainly the differences,that which separates us. If I penetrate to the core, i perceive our identity, the fact of our brotherhood. This relatedness from center to center - instead of that from periphery to periphery - is 'central relatedness'.

63

Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person;

it is an attitude, an ordination of character which determines the relatedness of the person to the whole world as a whole, not toward one object of love

61

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.

54

The affirmation of one's own life, happiness, growth and freedom, is rooted in one's capacity to love.

51

It is time to cease to argue about God , and instead to unite in the unmasking of contemporary forms of idolatry.

50

Psychoanalysis is essentially a theory of unconscious strivings, of resistance, of falsification of reality according to one's subjective needs and expectations.

50

Most people see the problem of love primarily as that of being loved, rather than that of loving, of one's capacity to love. Hence the problem to them is how to be loved, how to be lovable.

44

People do not see that the main question is not : "Am I loved?" which is to a large extent the question : "Am I approved of? Am I protected? Am I admired?" The main question is: "Can I love?

44

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

41

Only when man succeeds in developing his reason and love further than he has done so far, only when he can build a world based on human solidarity and justice, only when he can feel rooted in the experience of universal brotherliness, will he have tr

40

As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask.

39

Happiness does not exclude sadness - if a person responds to life, he's sometimes happy and sometimes sad. What matters is he responds.

39

A society whose principles are acquisition, profit, and property produces a social character oriented around having, and once the dominant pattern is established, nobody wants to be an outsider, or indeed an outcast; in order to avoid this risk everybody adapts to the majority, who have in common only their mutual antagonism.

38

There is nothing of which we are more ashamed than of not being ourselves.

And there is nothing which brings us greater joy and happiness than to think, feel, and say what is ours.

38

If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism.

38

I need you because I love you.

36

The danger of the past was that men became slaves.

The danger of the future is that man may become robots.

36

Giving is the highest expression of potency.

34

The deepest need of the human being is to overcome our separateness, to leave the prison of our loneliness.

33

The whole life of the individual is nothing but the process of giving birth to himself; indeed, we should be fully born when we die.

32

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

32

Human history begins with man's act of disobedience which is at the same time the beginning of his freedom and the development of his reason.

32

If the handbag could think, it would have a terrific inferiority feeling, because, not having been bought, it would feel useless.

31

Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love.

30

Care and responsibility are constituent elements of love, but without respect for and knowledge of the beloved person, love deteriorates into domination and possessiveness.

29

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.

29

The aim of life is to be fully born, though its tragedy is that most of us die before we are thus born.

28

Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.

28
famous quotes