Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self.
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
Integrity simple means not violating one's own identity.
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.
Authority is not a quality one person "has," in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him.
Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
Immature love says, I love you because I need you. Mature love says, I need you because I love you.
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 foundin himself.
By alienation is meant a mode of experience in which the person experiences himself as an alien. He has become, one might say, estranged from himself. He does not experience himself as the centre of his world, as the creator of his own acts - but his acts and their consequences have become his masters, whom he obeys, or whom he may even worship. The alienated person is out of touch with himself as he is out of touch with any other person. He, like the others, is experienced as things are experienced; with the senses and with common sense, but at the same time without being related to oneself and to the world outside positively
Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others.
Integrity simply means a willingness not to violate one's identity.
The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. "Patriotism" is its cult.
Boredom is nothing but the experience of a paralysis of our productive powers.
I am convinced that boredom is one of the greatest tortures. If I were to imagine Hell, it would be the place where you were continually bored.