Best quotes by the American Psychologist Erich Fromm

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

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

Integrity simple means not violating one's own identity.
  • Integrity

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



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

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

In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.
  • Love

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

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

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

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

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

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
  • Creativity

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.
  • Personality

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
  • Charity

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

Modern man thinks he loses something - time - when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains -- except kill it.
  • Time

The most beautiful as well as the most ugly inclinations of man are not part of a fixed biologically given human nature, but result from the social process which creates man.
  • beautiful

Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought.
  • conventional

Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
  • Life

There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by unfolding of his powers.
  • Purpose

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

We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them.
  • Consumerism

To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.
  • Death

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
  • Doubt

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

Man may be defined as the animal that can say I, that can be aware of himself as a separate entity.
  • Identity

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

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.
  • life

One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often.
  • being


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

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

In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.
  • Love

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.
  • life

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.
  • attachment

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.
  • activity

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.
  • Love

Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.
  • condition

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.
  • mom

Love is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. A feeling comes and it may go. How can I judge that it will stay forever, when my act does not involve judgment and decision.
  • decision

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Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
  • Life

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.
  • life

There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself.
  • act

There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.
  • power

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

To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.
  • become

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.
  • mom

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

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
  • Creativity

Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self.
  • Creativity

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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.
  • Personality

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.
  • attachment

The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.
  • able

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.
  • another

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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.
  • attachment

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.
  • activity

There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself.
  • act

The lack of objectivity, as far as foreign nations are concerned, is notorious. From one day to another, another nation is made out to be utterly depraved and fiendish, while ones own nation stands for everything that is good and noble. Every action of the enemy is judged by one standardevery action of oneself by another. Even good deeds by the enemy are considered a sign of particular devilishness, meant to deceive us and the world, while our bad deeds are necessary and justified by our noble goals which they serve.



By alienation is meant a mode of experience in which the person experiences himself as an alien. He has become, one might say, estranged from himself. He does not experience himself as the center of his world, as the creator of his own acts -- but his acts and their consequences have become his masters, whom he obeys, or whom he may even worship. The alienated person is out of touch with himself as he is out of touch with any other person. He, like the others, is experienced as things are experienced; with the senses and with common sense, but at the same time without being related to oneself and to the world outside positively.
  • Alienation

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.
  • Attachment

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.
  • Control

Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self.
  • Creativity

That man can destroy life is just as miraculous a feat as that he can create it, for life is the miracle, the inexplicable. In the act of destruction, man sets himself above life; he transcends himself as a creature. Thus, the ultimate choice for a man, inasmuch as he is driven to transcend himself, is to create or to destroy, to love or to hate.
  • Destruction

As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found - in himself.
  • Discovery

We all dream; we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds when we are awake.
  • Dreams

Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality.
  • Equality

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man's nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become Golems, they will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life.
  • Future

Reason is man's faculty for grasping the world by thought, in contradiction to intelligence, which is man's ability to manipulate the world with the help of thought. Reason is man's instrument for arriving at the truth, intelligence is man's instrument for manipulating the world more successfully; the former is essentially human, the latter belongs to the animal part of man.
  • Intelligence

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.
  • Love

Even if man's hunger and thirst and his sexual strivings are completely satisfied, 'he' is not satisfied. In contrast to the animal his most compelling problems are not solved then, they only begin. He strives for power or for love, or for destruction, he risks his life for religious, for political, for humanistic ideals, and these strivings are what constitutes and characterizes the peculiarity of human life.
  • Mankind

Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. Patriotism is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by patriotism I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one's own nation, which is the concern with the nation's spiritual as much as with its material welfare --never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one's country which is not part of one's love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.
  • Patriotism

In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead. In the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead.
  • Present

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.
  • Reason

The pace of science forces the pace of technique. Theoretical physics forces atomic energy on us; the successful production of the fission bomb forces upon us the manufacture of the hydrogen bomb. We do not choose our problems, we do not choose our products; we are pushed, we are forced -- by what? By a system which has no purpose and goal transcending it, and which makes man its appendix.
  • Science

Every society by its own practice of living and by the mode of relatedness, of feelings, and perceiving, develops a system of categories which determines the forms of awareness.
  • Society

Our conscious motivations, ideas, and beliefs are a blend of false information, biases, irrational passions, rationalizations, prejudices, in which morsels of truth swim around and give the reassurance albeit false, that the whole mixture is real and true. The thinking processes attempt to organize this whole cesspool of illusions according to the laws of plausibility. This level of consciousness is supposed to reflect reality; it is the map we use for organizing our life.
  • Truth

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

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.
  • busy

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

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

To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.
  • become

The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.
  • able

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

Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.
  • condition

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.
  • mom

There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.
  • power

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.
  • another

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

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or to be acted out under the guise of virtue.
  • acted

Love is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. A feeling comes and it may go. How can I judge that it will stay forever, when my act does not involve judgment and decision.
  • decision


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