Erich Fromm Quotes (115 quotes)
“Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.”
Man for Himself (1947)
“Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.”
Escape from Freedom (1941)
“Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?”
The Sane Society (1955), Chapter 8 - Roads to Sanity
Variant: "If I am what I have and if what I am is lost, who then am I?" - To Have or to Be? (1976), Chapter 6 - Further Aspects of Having and Being
“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.”
The Sane Society (1955), Chapter 5 - Man in Capitalistic Society
“What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.”
The Art of Loving (1956)
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Born: March 23, 1900
Died: March 18, 1980 (aged 79)
Bio: Erich Seligmann Fromm was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. He was associated with what became known as the Frankfurt School of critical theory.