Erich Fromm

1900 - 1980

A Quote by Erich Fromm on love, self, knowledge, and union

Love is active penetration of the other person, in which my desire to know is stilled by union. In the act of fusion I know you, I know myself, I know everybody - and I "know" nothing.

Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)

Source: The Art of Loving

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A Quote by Erich Fromm on love, individuality, integrity, and self

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 (1900 - 1980)

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A Quote by Erich Fromm on love, faith, hope, and giving

Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.

Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)

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A Quote by Erich Fromm on love, world, and compassion

Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an ordination of character which determines the relatedness of the person to the whole world as a whole, not toward one object of love”

Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)

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A Quote by Erich Fromm

Just as a child can never return to the mother's womb physically, so it can never reverse, psychically, the process of individuation. Attempts to do so necessarily assume the character of submission, in which the basic contradiction between authority and the child who submits to it is never eliminated. Submission is not the only way of avoiding aloneness and anxiety. The other way, the only one which is productive and does not end in an insoluble conflict, is that of spontaneous relationship to man and nature, a relationship that connects the individual with the world without eliminating his individuality. This kind of relationship - the foremost expressions of which are love and productive work - are rooted in the integration and strength of the total personality and are therefore subject to the very limits that exist for the growth of the self.

Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)

Source: Escape from Freedom

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A Quote by Erich Fromm on breathing, breath, life, suffering, love, and joy

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.

Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)

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A Quote by Erich Fromm on creativity and self

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 (1900 - 1980)

Source: Teaching Photography: Tools for the Imaging Educator

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A Quote by Erich Fromm on dream

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 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.

Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)

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A Quote by Erich Fromm on love and passion

Envy, jealousy, ambition, any kind of greed are passions; love is an action, the practice of a human power, which can be practiced only in freedom and never as the result of a compulsion.

Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)

Source: The Art of Loving (P.S.), Pages: 21

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A Quote by Erich Fromm on creativity, courage, certainty, and certainties

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)

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