Erich Fromm Quotes

Boredom is nothing but the experience of a paralysis of our productive powers.

Erich Fromm

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.

Erich Fromm

Love is an act of faith.

Erich Fromm

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.

Erich Fromm

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 found - in himself.

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.

Erich Fromm

Love is a union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of ones own self. It is an experience of sharing, or communing, which permits the full unfolding of ones own inner activity.

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

Socialism is the abolition of human self-alienation, the return of man as a real human being.

Erich Fromm

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

Erich Fromm

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.

Erich Fromm
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