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Eric Fromm

1900 – 1980 CE

One of the world’s leading psychoanalyst-philosophers, “forefather of socialist humanism,” civil rights activist, and anti-Vietnam protestor; Fromm was born Jewish, became a rabbi but then came to believe that religion only breeds hatred, inequality, and discord. Becoming another “apostle of doubt,” he criticized political ideologies, cultural convictions, and all authoritarian value systems. Escaping Hitler and the Nazis in Germany, he came to the US where his talks and writings initiated the beginning of political psychology and explored the modern influences toward fascism, irrational behavior, consumerism and the “escape from freedom.” As most of our wisdom holders, he focused on unifying opposites, in particular as in his last book, paradox between “having” and “being.”

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Art of Loving

The Sane Society

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Escape From Freedom, 1941

Quotes by Eric Fromm (25 quotes)

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

Chapters: 2. The Wordless Teachings
72. Helpful Fear

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“Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.”

Chapters: 3. Weak Wishes, Strong Bones

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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.”

from Art of Loving

Chapters: 18. The Sick Society
12. This Over That

Themes: Love

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“That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.”

from The Sane Society

Chapters: 18. The Sick Society

Themes: Culture

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“If other people do not understand our behavior—so what? Their request that we must only do what they understand is an attempt to dictate to us… know that a free person owes an explanation only to himself—to his reason and his conscience.”

from The Sane Society

Chapters: 21. Following Empty Heart

Themes: Conformity

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“Modern man has transformed himself into a commodity; he experiences his life energy as an investment with which he should make the highest profit, considering his position and the situation on the personality market.”

from Art of Loving

Chapters: 24. Unnecessary Baggage

Themes: Consumerism

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

Chapters: 24. Unnecessary Baggage

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“Man’s main task is to give birth to himself.”

Chapters: 24. Unnecessary Baggage

Themes: True Self

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“The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.”

Chapters: 46. Enough

Themes: Wealth

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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.”

from The Sane Society

Chapters: 58. Goals Without Means
38. Fruit Over Flowers

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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.”

from Art of Loving

Chapters: 64. Ordinary Mind

Themes: Time

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“Our conscious motivations, ideas, and beliefs are a blend of false information, biases, irrational passions, rationalizations, prejudices, in which morsels of truth swim around and give the reassurance albeit false, that the whole mixture is real and true.”

from The Sane Society

Chapters: 65. Simplicity: the Hidden Power of Goodness

Themes: Know Yourself

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“the crucial difficulty with which we are confronted lies in the fact that the development of man’s intellectual capacities has far outstripped the development of his emotions. Man’s brain lives in the 20th century; the heart of most men lives still in the Stone Age.”

Chapters: 65. Simplicity: the Hidden Power of Goodness

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“Most people are not even aware of their need to conform. They live under the illusion that they follow their own ideas and inclinations, that they are individualists, that they have arrived at their opinion as the result of their own thinking - and that it just happens that their ideas are the same as this of the majority.”

from Art of Loving

Chapters: 67. Three Treasures

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“The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane.”

from The Sane Society

Chapters: 71. Sick of Sickness

Themes: Integrity Virtue

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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.”

Chapters: 75. Greed

Themes: Equality

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“Greed has no satiation point, since its consummation does not fill the inner emptiness, boredom, loneliness, and depression it is meant to overcome.”

Chapters: 75. Greed

Themes: Greed

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“Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. 'Patriotism' is its cult... 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.”

Chapters: 78. Water

Themes: Nationalism Love

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“Alienation as we find it in modern society is almost total… Man has created a world of man-made things as it never existed before. He has constructed a complicated social machine to administer the technical machine he built. The more powerful and gigantic the forces are which he unleashes, the more powerless he feels himself as a human being. He is owned by his creations, and has lost ownership of himself.”

Chapters: 80. A Golden Age

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“The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots.”

Chapters: 80. A Golden Age

Themes: Slavery

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“Of all, one must doubt.

Chapters: 65. Simplicity: the Hidden Power of Goodness

Themes: Doubt

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“Human history began with an act of disobedience, and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience.”

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“Man does not only sell commodities, he sells himself and feels himself to be a commodity.”

from Escape From Freedom, 1941

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

Themes: Socialism

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“Man does not only sell commodities, he sells himself and feels himself to be a commodity.”

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