Alfred Adler Quotes

Who is Alfred Adler?

Alfred Adler was one of the most influential psychologist and a contemporary of Sigmund Freud.

Together with Freud and Carl Jung, Adler is considered one of the three giants of psychology.

Born February 07, 1870
Died May 28, 1937

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“A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.”

Alfred Adler

“All failures - neurotics, psychotics, criminals, drunkards, problem children, suicides, perverts, and prostitutes - are failures because they are lacking in social interest.”

Alfred Adler

“Children who have not been taught to confront challenges will try to avoid all challenges.”

Alfred Adler

“Courage is not an ability one either possess or lacks. Courage is the willingness to engage in a risk-taking behavior regardless of whether the consequences are unknown or possibly adverse. We are capable of courageous behavior provided we are willing to engage in it. Given that life offers few guarantees, all living requires risk-taking.”

Alfred Adler

“Death is really a great blessing for humanity, without it there could be no real progress. People who lived for ever would not only hamper and discourage the young, but they would themselves lack sufficient stimulus to be creative.”

Alfred Adler

“Every pampered child becomes a hated child.... There is no greater evil than the pampering of children.”

Alfred Adler

“Everything can always be different!”

Alfred Adler

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“Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.”

Alfred Adler

“Follow your heart but take your brain with you.”

Alfred Adler

“It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.”

Alfred Adler

“It is easy to believe that life is long and one's gifts are vast -- easy at the beginning, that is. But the limits of life grow more evident; it becomes clear that great work can be done rarely, if at all.”

Alfred Adler

“It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country.”

Alfred Adler

“It is very obvious that we are not influenced by facts but by our interpretation of the facts.”

Alfred Adler

“Mathematics is pure language - the language of science. It is unique among languages in its ability to provide precise expression for every thought or concept that can be formulated in its terms.”

Alfred Adler

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“Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.”

Alfred Adler

“Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.”

Alfred Adler

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“My difficulties belong to me!”

Alfred Adler

“No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma - but we make out of them just what suits our purposes.”

Alfred Adler

“No man can think, feel, will, nor even dream, without everything being defined, conditioned, limited, directed by a goal which floats before him.”

Alfred Adler

“Nobody adopts antisocial behaviour unless they fear that they will fail if they remain on the social side of life.”

Alfred Adler

“Overcoming difficulties leads to courage, self-respect, and knowing yourself.”

Alfred Adler

“Play is a child's work and this is not a trivial pursuit.”

Alfred Adler

“Seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.”

Alfred Adler

“The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.”

Alfred Adler

“The educator must believe in the potential power of his pupil, and he must employ all his art in seeking to bring his pupil to experience this power.”

Alfred Adler

“The feeling of inferiority rules the mental life and can be clearly recognized in the sense of incompleteness and unfulfillment, and in the uninterrupted struggle both of individuals and humanity.”

Alfred Adler

“The important thing is not what one is born with but what use one makes of that equipment.”

Alfred Adler

“The one who boasts does so only out of a feeling of inferiority.”

Alfred Adler

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“The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well.”

Alfred Adler

“The only worthwhile achievements of man are those which are socially useful.”

Alfred Adler

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“Instead of seeking approval, one has to approve oneself, with one’s own mind.”

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