Quotes by Erich Fromm

A vast sector of modern advertising... does not appeal to reason but to emotion; like any other kind of hypnoid suggestion, it tries to impress its objects emotionally and then make them submit intellectually.
– Erich Fromm
As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask.
– 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
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
Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self.
– Erich Fromm
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
– 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
If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?
– Erich Fromm
Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'
– Erich Fromm
In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.
– Erich Fromm
In the 19th century inhumanity meant cruelty; in the 20th century it means schizoid self-alienation.
– 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 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
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
Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
– 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
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
Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies.
– Erich Fromm
Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
– Erich Fromm