2009年9月26日土曜日

Erich Fromm - The Author's Quotes

Erich Fromm - The Author+Quotes

* Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.

* There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by unfolding of his powers.

* Immature love says, "I love you because I need you." Mature love says, "I need you because I love you."

* To take the difficulties, setback and sorrows of life as a challenge which to overcome makes us stronger rather than unjust punishment which should not happen to us requires faith and courage.

* Sleep is often the only occasion in which man cannot silence his conscience; we forget what we knew in our dream.

* 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.

* 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.

* That man can destroy life is just as miraculous a feat as that he can create it, for life is the miracle, the inexplicable. In the act of destruction, man sets himself above life; he transcends himself as a creature. Thus, the ultimate choice for a man, inasmuch as he is driven to transcend himself, is to create or to destroy, to love or to hate.

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

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

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