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Erich Fromm
By Anonym 13 Sep

Erich Fromm

If it is a virtue to love my neighbor as a human being, it must be a virtue - and not a vice - to love myself, since I am a human being too.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erich Fromm

Like the effect of advertising upon the customer, the methods of political propaganda tend to increase the feeling of insignificance of the individual voter.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erich Fromm

I think if you ask what people really mean by happiness today, it is the experience of unlimited consumption - the kind of thing Mr. Huxley described in "Brave New World.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erich Fromm

The sick individual finds himself at home with all other similarly sick individuals. The whole culture is geared to this kind of pathology.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erich Fromm

Modern man lives under the illusion that he knows what he wants, while he actually wants what he is supposed to want.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erich Fromm

We talk about equality, about happiness, about freedom - and about the spiritual values of religion, and about God - and in our daily life, we act on principles which are different, and partly contradictory.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erich Fromm

It seems that great minds a hundred years ago saw what would happen today or tomorrow, while we to whom it is happening blind ourselves in order not to be disturbed in our daily routine.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erich Fromm

The sick individual finds himself at home with all other similarly sick individuals. The whole culture is geared to this kind of pathology. The result is that the average individual does not experience the separateness and isolation the fully schizophrenic person feels. He feels at ease among those who suffer from the same deformation; in fact, it is the fully sane person who feels isolated in the insane society - and he may suffer so much from the incapacity to communicate that it is he who may become psychotic.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erich Fromm

I would say love is something everybody talks about, and the need for love is one of the most basic needs of man, namely the experience of union with another being - of becoming one with another being.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erich Fromm

I would say democracy once meant an organizational society and a state, in which the individual citizen is - feels - responsible, and acts responsibly, and participates in decision-making.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erich Fromm

In the dream, sheltered from the noise, the subject expressed a judgment much more on the mark than that manifested in wakefulness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erich Fromm

Happiness today, I think, is for most people the satisfaction of the eternal suckling: to drink in more this, that, or the other.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Erich Fromm

Or, to choose another example, we feel that freedom of speech is the last step in the march of victory of freedom. We forget that, although freedom of speech constitutes an important victory in the battle against old restraints, modern man is in a position where much of what "he" thinks and says are the things that everybody else thinks and says; that he has not acquired the ability to think originally—that is, for himself—which alone gives meaning to his claim that nobody can interfere with the expression of his thoughts. Again, we are proud that in his conduct of life man has become free from external authorities, which tell him what to do and what not to do. We neglect the role of the anonymous authorities like public opinion and "common sense," which are so powerful because of our profound readiness to conform to the expectations everybody has about ourselves and our equally profound fear of being different. In other words, we are fascinated by the growth of freedom from powers outside of ourselves and are blinded to the fact of inner restraints, compulsions, and fears, which tend to undermine the meaning of the victories freedom has won against its traditional enemies. We therefore are prone to think that the problem of freedom is exclusively that of gaining still more freedom of the kind we have gained in the course of modern history, and to believe that the defense of freedom against such powers that deny such freedom is all that is necessary. We forget that, although each of the liberties which have been won must be defended with utmost vigor, the problem of freedom is not only a quantitative one, but a qualitative one; that we not only have to preserve and increase the traditional freedom, but that we have to gain a new kind of freedom, one which enables us to realize our own individual self, to have faith in this self and in life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erich Fromm

Man can never stand still. He must find solutions to this contradiction, and ever better solutions to the extent to which reality enables him.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erich Fromm

When the theory of evolution destroyed the picture of God as the supreme Creator, confidence in God as the all-powerful Father of man fell with it, although many were able to combine a belief in God with the acceptance of the Darwinian theory.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Erich Fromm

Human nature, though being the product of historical evolution, has certain inherent mechanisms and laws, to discover which is the task of psychology.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erich Fromm

Freud was so imbued with the spirit of his culture that he could not go beyond certain limits which were set by it. These very limits became limitations for his understanding even of the sick individual; they handicapped his understanding of the normal individual and of the irrational phenomena operating in social life.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Erich Fromm

The frightened individual seeks for somebody or something to tie his self to; he cannot bear to be his own individual self any longer, and he tries frantically to get rid of it and to feel security again by the elimination of this burden: the self.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erich Fromm

As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found- in himself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erich Fromm

The spirit of a production-centered, commodity-greedy society is such that only the non-conformist can defend himself sufficiently against it. Those who are seriously concerned with love as the only rational answer to the problem of human existence must, then, arrive at the conclusion that important and radical changes in our social structure are necessary, if love is to become a social and not a highly individualistic, marginal phenomenon.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Erich Fromm

Only dogmatic thinking, the result of the laziness of mind and heart, tries to construct simplistic schemes of the either-or type that block any real understanding.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erich Fromm

We can express ideas without being afraid of being killed or imprisoned.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erich Fromm

Reason flows from the blending of rational thought and feeling. If the two functions are torn apart, thinking deteriorates into schizoid intellectual activity and feeling deteriorates into neurotic life-damaging passions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erich Fromm

Today, we talk a lot about equality, but I think what most people mean by it is sameness - that everybody is the same - and they are afraid if they are not the same, they are not equal.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erich Fromm

An individual may be alone in a physical sense for many years and yet he may be related to ideas, values, or at least social patterns that give him a feeling of communion and "belonging." On the other hand, he may live among people and yet be overcome with an utter feeling of isolation, the outcome of which, if it transcends a certain limit, is the state of insanity which schizophrenic disturbances present.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erich Fromm

We've wanted to produce more in the 19th century and the 20th century in order to give man the possibility for more dignified human life; but actually what has happened is that production and consumption have become means - have ceased to be means and have become ends, and we are production crazy and consumption crazy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erich Fromm

Ancak, tam anlamıyla kendisi olmaya doğru bir adım atmaya çalışan herkes, korkusuzluk yönünde yeni bir adım atıldığında, çok kesin bir güç ve sevinç duygusunun uyandığını bilir. Yeni bir yaşam evresinin başlamış olduğunu duyumsar. Goethe'nin dizelerindeki hakikati hissedebilir: "Evimi bir hiçliğin üzerine kurdum, bu yüzden bütün dünya benimdir.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erich Fromm

Jewish legend says that the world rests on 36 just men: only thirty six, but their moral strength is immense.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erich Fromm

The two most far-reaching critical theories at the beginning of the latest phase of industrial society were those of Marx and Freud. Marx showed the moving powers and the conflicts in the social-historical process. Freud aimed at the critical uncovering of the inner conflicts. Both worked for the liberation of man, even though Marx's concept was more comprehensive and less time-bound than Freud's.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Erich Fromm

It is essential [...] that discipline should not be practiced like a rule imposed on oneself from the outside, but that it becomes an expression of one's own will; that it is felt as pleasant, and that one slowly accustoms oneself to a kind of behavior which one would eventually miss, if one stopped practicing it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erich Fromm

It doesn't matter whether one uses God or doesn't. What matters is which experience a person has.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Erich Fromm

Tutku insanın, amaçlarına ulaşma çabası gösterme yeteneğidir.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erich Fromm

I believe indeed that to rescue the humanist tradition of the last decades is of the utmost importance, and that Victor Serge is one of the outstanding personalities representing the socialist aspect of humanism.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erich Fromm

If faith cannot be reconciled with rational thinking, it has to be eliminated as an anachronistic remnant of earlier stages of culture and replaced by science dealing with facts and theories which are intelligible and can be validated.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erich Fromm

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erich Fromm

I need you because I love you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erich Fromm

Destructiveness is the outcome of an unlived life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erich Fromm

Once they are through the process of education, most people lose the capacity of wondering, of being surprised. They feel they ought to know everything, and hence that it is a sign of ignorance to be surprised or puzzled by anything.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erich Fromm

We are terribly imaginative, as far as technique in science is concerned. As far as changes in social arrangements are concerned, we lack utterly in imagination.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erich Fromm

Modern man is alienated from himself, from his fellow men, and from nature. He has been transformed into a commodity, experiences his life forces as an investment which must bring him the maximum profit obtainable under existing market conditions.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Erich Fromm

The deepest yearning of human beings seems to be a constellation in which the two poles (motherliness and fatherliness, female and male, mercy and justice, feeling and thought, nature and intellect) are united in a synthesis, in which both sides of the polarity lose their antagonism and, instead, color each other.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erich Fromm

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

By Anonym 18 Sep

Erich Fromm

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Erich Fromm

Most of us hoped to be able to trust. When we were little we did not yet know the human invention of the lie - not only that of lying with words but that of lying with one's voice, one's gesture, one's eyes, one's facial expression. How should the child be prepared for this specifically human ingenuity: the lie? Most of us are awakened, some more and some less brutally, to the fact that people often do not mean what they say or say the opposite of what they mean. And not only "people," but the very people we trusted most - our parents, teachers, leaders.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erich Fromm

For the most part, biophiliacs,lovers of life, are found among simple people, without pretensions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erich Fromm

I believe that love is the main key to open the doors to the "growth" of man. Love and union with someone or something outside of oneself, union that allows one to put oneself into relationship with others, to feel one with others, without limiting the sense of integrity and independence. Love is a productive orientation for which it is essential that there be present at the same time: concern, responsibility, and respect for and knowledge of the object of the union.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erich Fromm

Intellectuals are hindered on the way to being, by their narcissism.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Erich Fromm

The only way in which the world can be grasped ultimately lies, not in thought, but in the act, in the experience of oneness. Thus paradoxical logic leads to the conclusion that the love of God is neither the knowledge of God in thought, nor the thought of one's love of God, but the act of experiencing the oneness with God.