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Erich Fromm

(1900-1980) German-American Psychoanalyst, Social Philosopher

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

Integrity simply means a willingness not to violate one's identity.

Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.

Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.

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

There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.

To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.

To take the difficulties, setback and sorrows of life as a challenge which to overcome makes us stronger rather than unjust punishment which should not happen to us requires faith and courage.

We all dream; we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds when we are awake.