potency

A Quote by Erich Fromm on love, giving, receiving, potency, power, wealth, and joy

Giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. This experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy. I experience myself as overflowing, spending, alive, hence as joyous. Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the experession of my aliveness.

Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)

Source: The Art of Loving (Perennial Classics), Pages: 21-22

Contributed by: Brian

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