Erich Fromm Quotes

Why should I know Erich Fromm?

Erich Seligmann Fromm was a German-born American social psychologist and psychoanalyst.

Born March 23, 1900
Died March 18, 1980

Books by Erich Fromm


Best 13 Quotes by Erich Fromm

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”

Erich Fromm

“If I am what I have, and I lose what I have, who then am I?”

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

“Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.”

Erich Fromm

“The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.”

Erich Fromm

“The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.”

Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm

"Escape from Freedom" Quotes

“The more the drive toward life is thwarted, the stronger is the drive toward destruction; the more life is realized, the less is the strength of destructiveness. Destructiveness is the outcome of unlived life.”

Erich Fromm
Escape from Freedom

"Psychoanalysis and Religion" Quotes

“There is nothing inhuman, evil, or irrational which does not give some comfort, provided it is shared by a group.”

Erich Fromm
Psychoanalysis and Religion

"The Art of Loving" Quotes

“Love isn't something natural. Rather it requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn't a feeling, it is a practice.”

Erich Fromm
The Art of Loving

“Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.”

Erich Fromm
The Art of Loving

“Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love.”

Erich Fromm
The Art of Loving

“The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.”

Erich Fromm
The Art of Loving