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Erich Fromm
March 23, 1900 - March 18, 1980
Nationality: American
Category: Psychologist
Subcategory: American Psychologist

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.


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.


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.


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


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


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

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


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.


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.


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.


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


We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?


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