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Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself,
by 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

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

Love is an act of faith.
- Erich Fromm

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

 

Man always dies before he is fully born.
- Erich Fromm

Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.'
Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'
- Erich Fromm

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

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

In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.
- Erich Fromm

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

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

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.
- Erich Fromm

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

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

Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought.
- Erich Fromm

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning.
Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
- Erich Fromm

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

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

If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?
- Erich Fromm

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

To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having
to die without having lived is unbearable.
- Erich Fromm

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

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

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
- 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

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

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

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

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

There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
- Erich Fromm

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.
- Erich Fromm

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

There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself.
- Erich Fromm

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

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
- Erich Fromm

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.
- Erich Fromm

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

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.
- Erich Fromm

One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without
being saddened very often.
- Erich Fromm

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.
- Erich Fromm

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

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

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

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.
- Erich Fromm

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.
- Erich Fromm

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.
- Erich Fromm

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.
- Erich Fromm

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
- Oscar Wilde

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

A man is what he thinks about all day long.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
All things share the same breath the
beast, the tree, the man... the air
shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle [actually written by screenwriter Ted Perry in 1972]

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man.
Everything that exists has brought
with it its own peculiar lesson.
- Orison Swett Marden


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