Quotes by Erich Fromm

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

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

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

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

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To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness.
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There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself.
– Erich Fromm

Modern man has transformed himself into a commodity; he experiences his life energy as an investment with which he should make the highest profit, considering his position and the situation on the personality market. He is alienated from himself, from his fellow men and from nature. His main aim is profitable exchange of his skills, knowledge, and of himself, his “personality package” with others who are equally intent on a fair and profitable exchange. Life has no goal except the one to move, no principle except the one of fair exchange, no satisfaction except the one to consume.
– 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

If other people do not understand our behavior – so what? Their request that we must only do what they understand is an attempt to dictate to us. If this is being “asocial” or “irrational” in their eyes, so be it. Mostly they resent our freedom and our courage to be ourselves. We owe nobody an explanation or an accounting, as long as our acts do not hurt or infringe on them. How many lives have been ruined by this need to “explain,” which usually implies that the explanation be “understood,” i.e. approved. Let your deeds be judged, and from your deeds, your real intentions, but know that a free person owes an explanation only to himself – to his reason and his conscience – and to the few who may have a justified claim for explanation.
– Erich Fromm

Men are born equal but they are also born different.
– Erich Fromm

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