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The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure,
by 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 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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
- 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

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

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

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

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

If you believe that a task will be difficult, it will be -
and you will have suffered with worry beforehand.
Approach life with joy and optimism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The price of success is hard work,
dedication to the job at hand,
and the determination that whether we win or lose,
we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
- Vince Lombardi

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
- Rumi

I know, to banish anger altogether
from one's breast is a difficult task.
It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort.
It can be done only by God's grace.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks
as if they were great and noble.
- Helen Keller

Ask why this task is on your to-do list.
Consider discarding those items to which
you are not truly committed.
For the tasks which do speak
to the longings of your own heart,
begin now, today, this moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Once you have mastered time,
you will understand how true it is that
most people overestimate what
they can accomplish in a year -
and underestimate what
they can achieve in a decade!
- Tony Robbins

I offer my body, my mind
and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O Infinite Creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose
to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work,
and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered
to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening
our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature and its beauty.
- Albert Einstein

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from
the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the
achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.
- Theodore Isaac Rubin

Man's task is to become conscious of the contents
that press upward from the unconscious.
- Carl Jung

The task of the leader is to get his people from where
they are to where they have not been.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Architecture arouses sentiments in man.
The architect's task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.
- Adolf Loos

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years.
To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
- Winston Churchill

Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable.
They little know what radical change are possible through prayer.
Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O infinite creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Congress will pass a law restricting public comment
on the Internet to individuals who have spent a minimum
of one hour actually accomplishing a specific task while on line.
- Andy Grove

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
- Theodor Adorno

Calculating how much carbon is absorbed by which forests
and farms is a tricky task,
especially when politicians do it.
- Donella Meadows

Our task is not to rediscover nature but to remake it.
- Raoul Vaneigem

The formation of character in young people is educationally
a different task from and a prior task to,
the discussion of the great, difficult ethical controversies of the day.
- William Bennett

Once the product's task is known, design the interface first;
then implement to the interface design.
- Jef Raskin


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