Erich Fromm Quotes

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

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.

Men are born equal but they are also born different.

Ideas become powerful only if they appear in the flesh; an idea which does not lead to action by the individual and by groups remains at best a paragraph or a footnote in a book – provided the idea is original and relevant. It is like a seed stored in a dry place. If the […]

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

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.

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.

Destructiveness is the outcome of unlived lives.

Modern man lives under the illusion that he knows what he wants, while he actually wants what he is supposed to want.

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