quote by Erich Fromm

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.

— Erich Fromm

Controversy Narcissism quotations

Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.

Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space.

Hate is the complement of fear and narcissists like being feared.

It imbues them with an intoxicating sensation of omnipotence.

L'Oreal's slogan 'because you're worth it' has come to epitomise banal narcissism of early 21st century capitalism; easy indulgence and effortless self-love all available at a flick of the credit card.

Most of us like thinking we are God's only children.

..At least one of the purposes of church is to remind us that God has other children, easily as precious as we. Baptism and narcissism cancel each other out.

Narcissism and self-deception are survival mechanisms without which many of us might just jump off a bridge.

All of nationalism can be understood as a kind of collective narcissism.

Bodybuilding is men on a stage in their underwear wearing brown paint showing other men their muscles. It is training for appearance only, and at the contest level requires a degree of vanity, narcissism, and self-absorption that I find distasteful and odd

Secularism breeds narcissism. There is nothing higher to live for, so you live for you

Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.

Politics has become infused with narcissism in America.

Narcissus weeps to find that his Image does not return his love.

Courage is impulsive; it is narcissism tempered with nihilism.

As individuals and as a nation, we now suffer from social narcissism.

The beloved Echo of our ancestors, the virgin America, has been abandoned. We have fallen in love with our own image, with images of our making, which turn out to be images of ourselves.

I don't care what you think unless it is about me...

It would have been convenient to be gay.

Just because of the grooming, the narcissism, stuff like that. But I have this kind of roaring heterosexuality. Traditional, uncomplicated heterosexuality, an almost cliched Robin Askwith thing.

Intellectuals are hindered on the way to being, by their narcissism.

Narcissism and Christianity have little in common, yet the Romantic paradigm of artistic creativity, particularly in light of subsequent Freudian ideas, has tended to foster its share of narcissism. It was the tragic fate of Narcissus that he was so preoccupied with self that he could not appreciate God, nature, or the other.

I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.

Narcissism and the Confederate dead cannot be connected logically, or even historically; even were the connection an historical fact, they would not stand connected as art, for no one experiences raw history.

The narcissist devours people, consumes their output, and casts the empty, writhing shells aside.

Nice people don't necessarily fall in love with nice people.

I don't know if it's naivete or just narcissism, but I start out with this notion that I can do anything. It's not until I get into it that I realize what I've thrown myself into, and then I will do anything not to humiliate myself. And that, I think, is the secret to my success.

I mean, what do you think creativity is? Nothing but self-indulgence.

And the more self-indulgent it is, the more interesting it becomes. So I think that part of creativity is also falling in love with your own narcissism: accepting it, using it as an asset.

It's entirely possible to function as a free-thinking individual without succumbing to narcissism. This can be tricky at times, I suppose, but then so can the tango - particularly if you're dancing alone.

When I look at narcissism through the vulnerability lens, I see the shame-based fear of being ordinary. I see the fear of never feeling extraordinary enough to be noticed, to be lovable, to belong, or to cultivate a sense of purpose.

Creativity is narcissism. Creativity is falling in love with one's self as you create. It's self-indulgent.

To listen only to records is a sin of narcissism.

It is important to hear live music, in concert, which is a source of emotions that a record can never convey.

The narcissist enjoys being looked at and not looking back.

Withhold admiration from a narcissist and be disliked. Give it and be treated with indifference.

maybe a certain amount of narcissism is as essential to an actress as muscles are to a football lineman.

If spirituality is not religion or cynicism or sentimentality or narcissism, then what is it?... we can confidently say... that spirituality is fearlessness. It is a way of looking boldly at this life we have been given, here, now, on earth, as this human being.

The idea of narcissism, essentially, is and will be accepted as a virtue.

I thought narcissism was about self-love till someone told me there is a flip side to it... It is unrequited self-love.

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