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Modern man thinks he loses something - time - when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains -- except kill it. Erich Fromm

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If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I? Erich Fromm

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The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal. Erich Fromm

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

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Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you. Erich Fromm

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We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them. Erich Fromm

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

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Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. Patriotism is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by patriotism I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one's own nation, which is the concern with the nation's spiritual as much as with its material welfare --never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one's country which is not part of one's love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship. Erich Fromm

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Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market. Erich Fromm

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

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Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction. Erich Fromm

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

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Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm

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Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others. Erich Fromm

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Reason is man's faculty for grasping the world by thought, in contradiction to intelligence, which is man's ability to manipulate the world with the help of thought. Reason is man's instrument for arriving at the truth, intelligence is man's instrument for manipulating the world more successfully; the former is essentially human, the latter belongs to the animal part of man. Erich Fromm

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

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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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In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead. In the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead. Erich Fromm

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What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal. Erich Fromm

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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. Erich Fromm

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Just as love is an orientation which refers to all objects and is incompatible with the restriction to one object, so is reason a human faculty which must embrace the whole of the world with which man is confronted. Erich Fromm

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Man's biological weakness is the condition of human culture. Erich Fromm

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Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality. Erich Fromm

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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 center 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. Erich Fromm

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