Mother's love is bliss, is peace, it need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. If it is there, it is like a blessing; if it is not there it is as if all the beauty had gone out of life.
Can one have love? If we could, love would need to be a thing, a substance that one can have, own, possess. The truth is, there is no such thing as love. Love is an abstraction, perhaps a goddess or an alien being, although nobody has ever seen this goddess. In reality, there exists only the act of
The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.
Love is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. A feeling comes and it may go. How can I judge that it will stay forever, when my act does not involve judgment and decision.
Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and you'll live as you've never lived before.
Boredom is nothing but the experience of a paralysis of our productive powers and the sense of unaliveness. Among the evils of life, there are few which are as painful as boredom, and consequently every attempt is made to avoid it.
The experience of humanism is that 'nothing human is alien to me'; that I carry within myself all of humanity; that nothing which exists in any human being does not exist in myself. I am the criminal and the saint. I am the child and the adult. I am the man who lived 100000 years ago and the man who
The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have. Erich From
Only in being productively active can man make sense of his life.
...in spite of the deep-seated craving for love, almost everything else is considered to be more important than love: success, prestige, money, power-almost all our energy is used for the learning of how to achieve these aims, and almost none to learn the art of loving. Could it be that only those t
As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask.
Greedï‚¼has no satiation point, since its consummation does not fill the inner emptiness, boredom, loneliness, and depression it is meant to overcome.
Love is an act of faith.
Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market.
Alienation as we find it in modern society is almost totalâ€¦ Man has created a world of man-made things as it never existed before. He has constructed a complicated social machine to administer the technical machine he built. The more powerful and gigantic the forces are which he unleashes, the mor
Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self.
Today the function of psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis threatens to become the tool in the manipulation of man.
It is naively assumed that the fact that the majority of people share certain ideas and feelings proves the validity of these ideas and feelings. Nothing could be further from the truth. Consensual validation as such has no bearing on reason or mental health.
The third error leading to the assumption that there is nothing to be learned about love lies in the confusion between the initial experience of â€˜fallingâ€™ in love, and the permanent state of being in love, or as we might better say, of â€˜standingâ€™ in love.
As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask. Erich From
As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask. Erich F
Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.
The paradoxical and tragic situation of man is that his conscience is weakest when he needs it most.
If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I? Erich From
Productive work, love and thought are possible only if a person can be, when necessary, quiet and alone. To be able to listen to oneself is the necessary condition for relating oneself to others.
I believe that man is the product of natural evolution that is born from the conflict of being a prisoner and separated from nature, and from the need to find unity and harmony with it.
Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
To take the difficulties, setbacks and sorrows of life as a challenge to overcome makes us stronger, rather than unjust punishment which should not happen to us, requires faith and courage.
Care and responsibility are constituent elements of love, but without respect for and knowledge of the beloved person, love deteriorates into domination and possessiveness.
There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail. Erich F