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.

-Erich Fromm
Erich Fromm

Psychoanalysis is essentially a theory of unconscious strivings, of resistance, of falsification of reality according to one's subjective needs and expectations.

Erich Fromm
Basically, there can only be two answers. One is to overcome separateness and find unity by regression to the state of unity which existed before awareness ever arose, that is, before man was born. The other answer is to be fully born, to develop one's awareness, one's reason, one's capacity to love to such a point that one transcends one's own egocentric involvement, and arrives at a new harmony, at a new oneness with the world.
Erich Fromm

It is time to cease to argue about God , and instead to unite in the unmasking of contemporary forms of idolatry.

Erich Fromm
All great art is by its very essence in conflict with the society with which it exists. It expresses the truth about the existence regardless of whether this truth serves or hinders the survival purpose of a given society. All great art is revolutionary because it touches upon the reality of man and questions the reality of the various transitory forms of human society.
Erich Fromm

We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them.

Erich Fromm
To respect a person is not possible without knowing him; care and responsibility would be blind if they were not guided by knowledge.
Erich Fromm

In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead. In the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead.

Erich Fromm
Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an ordination of character which determines the relatedness of the person to the whole world as a whole, not toward one object of love
Erich Fromm

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

Erich Fromm
Freedom is the fundamental condition for any growth.