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Erich Fromm



    The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.

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    Man always dies before he is fully born.

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    Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.

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    There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.

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

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    There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself.

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    Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines

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    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.

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    The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man's nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become ''Golems,'' they will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life.

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    If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism.

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    Just as love is an orientation which refers to all objects and is incompatible with the restriction to one object, so is reason a human faculty which must embrace the whole of the world with which man is confronted.

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    Infantile love follows the principle: "I love because I am loved." Mature love follows the principle: "I am loved because I love." Immature love says: "I love you because I need you." Mature love says: "I need you because I love you."

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    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

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    Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says: 'I need you because I love you'

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    Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.

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    Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists.... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.

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    In love, the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.

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    Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves. If we do not understand the language in which they are written, we miss a great deal of what we know and tell ourselves in those hours when we are not busy manipulating the outside world.

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