Erich Fromm Quotes

Erich Fromm Quotes: Man is the only animal who does not feel at home in nature, who can feel evicted from paradise, the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem that he has to solve and from which he cannot escape. He cannot go back to the prehuman state of harmony with nature, and he does not know where he will arrive if he goes forward. Man's existential contradiction results in a state of constant disequilibrium. This disequilibrium distinguishes him from the animal, which lives, as it were, in harmony with nature.
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Erich Fromm Quote: The most important factor for the development of the individual is the structure and the values of the society into which he was born.
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Quotes about 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.
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Quote about Erich Fromm: The narcissistic, the domineering, the possessive woman can succeed in being a
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Erich Fromm Sayings: There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.
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Erich Fromm Saying: The application of psychoanalysis to sociology must definitely guard against the mistake of wanting to give psychoanalytic answers where economic, technical, or political facts provide the real and sufficient explanation of sociological questions. On the other hand, the psychoanalyst must emphasize that the subject of sociology, society, in reality consists of individuals, and that it is these human beings, rather than abstract society as such, whose actions, thoughts, and feelings are the object of sociological research.
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Sayings about Erich Fromm: Creativity is the ability to see and to respond.
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Saying about Erich Fromm: Our conscious motivations, ideas, and beliefs are a blend of false information, biases, irrational passions, rationalizations, prejudices, in which morsels of truth swim around and give the reassurance albeit false, that the whole mixture is real and true. The thinking processes attempt to organize this whole cesspool of illusions according to the laws of plausibility. This level of consciousness is supposed to reflect reality; it is the map we use for organizing our life.
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Erich Fromm Quotes: There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
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Erich Fromm Quote: That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.
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Quotes about Erich Fromm: In the dominant Western religious system, the love of God is essentially the same as the belief in God, in God's existence, God's justice, God's love. The love of God is essentially a thought experience. In the Eastern religions and in mysticism, the love of God is an intense feeling experience of oneness, inseparably linked with the expression of this love in every act of living.
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Quote about Erich Fromm: It takes a moment to tell someone you love them, but it takes a lifetime to prove it.
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Erich Fromm Sayings: I believe that the unity of man as opposed to other living things derives from the fact that man is the conscious life of himself. Man is conscious of himself, of his future, which is death, of his smallness, of his impotence; he is aware of others as others; man is in nature, subject to its laws even if he transcends it with his thought.
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Erich Fromm Saying: The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane.
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Sayings about Erich Fromm: Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.
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Saying about Erich Fromm: Envy, jealousy, ambition, any kind of greed are passions; love is an action, the practice of human power, which can be practiced only in freedom and never as a result of compulsion. Love is an activity, not a passive affect; it is a
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Erich Fromm Quotes: To have faith requires courage, the ability to take a risk, the readiness even to accept pain and disappointment. Whoever insists on safety and security as primary conditions of life cannot have faith; whoever shuts himself off in a system of defense, where distance and possession are his means of security, makes himself a prisoner. To be loved, and to love, need courage, the courage to judge certain values as of ultimate concern
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Erich Fromm Quote: Ideas become powerful only if they appear in the flesh; an idea which does not lead to action by the individual and by groups remains at best a paragraph or a footnote in a book.
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