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October 6th, 2012 by admin


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

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

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.

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

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

Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'

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

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.

The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.

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.

What is it that distinguishes man from animals? It is not his upright posture. That was present in the apes long before the brain began to develop. Nor is it the use of tools. It is something altogether new, a previously unknown quality: self-awareness. Animals, too, have awareness. They are aware of objects; they know this is one thing and that another. But when the human being as such was born he had a new and different consciousness, a consciousness of himself; he knew that he existed and that he was something different, something apart from nature, apart from other people, too. He experienced himself. He was aware that he thought and felt. As far as we know, there is nothing analogous to this anywhere in the animal kingdom. That is the specific quality that makes human beings human.

The kind of relatedness to the world may be noble or trivial, but even being related to the basest kind of pattern is immensely preferable to being alone.

Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve and from which he cannot escape.

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

Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.

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October 6th, 2012 by admin


This is a small collection of photos from Erich Fromm. If you have an interesting photograph, please let us know and we’ll add it.

October 6th, 2012 by admin


An interview hosted by Mike Wallace in 1958

The Book Programme Interview (4 parts)

A radio lecture titled “How can conflicts be resolved without war?” from 1970 (5 parts)

A lecture on “The Automaton Citizen and Human Rights” at the American Orthopsychiatric Association in 1966 (3 parts)

Erich Fromm on the subject of love

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October 6th, 2012 by admin


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