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Erich Fromm (born as Erich Seligmann Fromm in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse-Nassau, Prussia, Germany, died in Muralto, Locarno, Ticino, Switzerland) was a famous Psychologist from USA, who lived between March 23, 1900 and March 18, 1980. He became 79 years old.

Biography

Erich Pinchas Fromm was a German-American psychoanalyst, psychologist, social philosopher and sociologist.

Erich Fromm was originally linked to the German Frankfurt School social and social psychological research. In this spirit he struggled to reconcile Freud's theory with a Marxist tradition. He emphasized the socio-economic factors influence on individual development. Fromm was a time married to Frieda Fromm psychoanalyst-Reichman. When the Nazi party came to power in Germany in 1933, Fromm had to leave the country. In 1934 he moved to New York. There, he taught at Columbia University together with colleagues from the Frankfurt School and worked among others with Harry Stack Sullivan and Karen Homey. In 1939 there came a break with this school. In 1949 he moved to Mexico City where he founded the Mexican Psychoanalytic Institute. Finally he settled in Switzerland.

In a wide range of cultural criticism, debate books Fromm analyzed the modern industrial society. Fromm coined the term "social character" to understand how culture influences individual character structure. Many of his books were very widely spread. Fromm believed that humans are becoming increasingly powerless and alienated in a society controlled by technology. He criticizes a culture where maximum production and exhaustion have been the meaning of life. Instead of a society where people have become slaves of the prior art Fromm went in for a humanist socialism. This socialism differed greatly from both Soviet communism and Western capitalism. In his books, he outlined the specific measures in order to create a more human society.

He wanted to promote a decentralized "participant democracy." This means that citizens should participate more actively in the political and economic life. Another of his proposals was to introduce a form of civil salaries. Fromm also supported women's liberation and environmental protection.

Meanwhile, Fromm deep spiritual interest. He went in for a "non-theistic" religion. Although he was of Jewish origin, and influenced by the Mosaic tradition. But he was also very influenced by other spiritual directions, not least of Zen Buddhism. He wanted to unite the wisdom of Zen Buddhism, learn with the psychoanalytic theory.

Fromm was a major political commitment. He worked among others for the peace movement and against the U.S. war in Vietnam.

Zodiac etc.

He is born under the zodiac aries, who is known for Active, Demanding, Determined, Effective, Ambitious. Our collection contains 41 quotes who is written / told by Erich, under the main topics: Death, Dreams, Mom, Society.

Related authors: Harry Stack Sullivan

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_Fromm

Famous quotes by Erich Fromm (41)


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"We all dream; we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds when we are awake"
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"Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved"
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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"
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"The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal"
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"There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself"
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"The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have"
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"Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies"
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"Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality"
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"Man's biological weakness is the condition of human culture"
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"Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve"
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"Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self"
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"Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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"In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two"
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"Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'"
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"If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?"
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"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"
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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"
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"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties"
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"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"
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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"
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"As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask"
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"Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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"To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime"
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"To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable"
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"There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or to be acted out under the guise of virtue"
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"The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent"
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"The most beautiful as well as the most ugly inclinations of man are not part of a fixed biologically given human nature, but result from the social process which creates man"
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"The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science"
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"Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either"
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"Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought"
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"Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others"
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"One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often"
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"Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much"
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"Man always dies before he is fully born"


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