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

-Erich Fromm
Erich Fromm

In the development of both capitalism and communism, as we visualize them in the next fifty or a hundred years, the processes that encourage human alienation will continue.

Erich Fromm
In times of change, learners inherit the earth
Erich Fromm

Whether...a change from the supremacy of natural science to a new social science will take place...depends on one factor: how many brilliant, learned, disciplined, and caring men and women are attracted by the new challenge....

Erich Fromm
Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought. Erich From
Erich Fromm

One of the worst forms of mental suffering is boredom, not knowing what to do with oneself and one's life. Even if man had no monetary, or any other reward, he would be eager to spend his energy in some meaningful way because he could not stand the boredom which inactivity produces.

Erich Fromm
All genuine ideals have one thing in common: they express the desire for something which is not yet accomplished but which is desirable for the purpose of the growth and happiness of the individual.
Erich Fromm

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.

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

Man may be defined as the animal that can say ''I,'' that can be aware of himself as a separate entity.

Erich Fromm
As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask.