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Sanity is only that which is within the frame of ...
by Erich Fromm

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

 

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

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

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

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

Man always dies before he is fully born.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
- Erich Fromm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guilt is about actions or behavior;
while shame is about the self.
- "Dr. Sanity"

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.
- Mark Twain

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal.
Soon we'll need a new definition.
- Alvin Toffler

Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all,
to see life as it is and not as it should be.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Order is the sanity of the mind, the health of the body,
the peace of the city, the security of the state.
Like beams in a house or bones to a body,
so is order to all things.
- Robert Southey

I maintain my sanity by keeping my distance.
- Luis Miguel

I only have so much energy, so something had to go.
This is why, at the end of the day, I've preserved
my sanity for the children and also manage to do my best at work.
- Kiri Te Kanawa

I always made a point of telling the doctors I was sane,
and asking to be released, but the more I endeavored
to assure them of my sanity,
the more they doubted it.
- Nellie Bly

Coming out to gays is a way of affirming sanity and self-worth.
- George Weinberg

The fight for sanity in our gun safety laws is not by any means over.
In many ways it's just beginning.
- Michael D. Barnes

I've kept my sanity in this business by trying out
for a role and then going home and trying to forget about it.
- Blythe Danner

The President must stop gambling with taxpayers' money
and get the country back on the path of fiscal sanity.
- Tom Harkin

I think people are going to return to sanity when they
see how ridiculous many of these charges are,
and how the predictions are not borne out.
- Dixie Lee Ray

It was an hour of sanity with the good guys winning,
a situation where the world was right side up.
- James MacArthur

A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity
to the point of doubtful sanity.
- Robert Frost

Sanity is a madness put to good use.
- George Santayana

You've got to have a sense of humor to keep your sanity.
- Lance Bass

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every
four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness.
Think of your three best friends.
If they're okay, then it's you.
- Rita Mae Brown

I hope for peace and sanity - it's the same thing.
- Studs Terkel

I organized Sweet Honey In The Rock in 1973.
The music was sanity and balance.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

Our sense of worth, of well-being, even our sanity
depends upon our remembering.
But, alas, our sense of worth, our well-being,
our sanity also depend upon our forgetting.
- Joyce Appleby


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