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Erich Fromm Quotes

Psychologist
Born On
1900-03-23
Died On
1980-03-18
Birth Place
Frankfurt, Germany
Death Place
Muralto, Ticino, Switzerland
Birth Sign
aries
Father
Naphtali Fromm
Mother
Rosa Krause Fromm
Spouse
Frieda Fromm-Reichmann
Nationality
German
Education
New York University, Goethe University Frankfurt

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.

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

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.

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

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.

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead; in the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead.

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

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.

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

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.

Erich Fromm