Three Erich Fromm Quotes

"A person who has not been completely alienated, who has remained positive and able to feel, who has not lost the sense of dignity. who is not yet "for sale", who can still suffer over the suffering of others, who has not acquired fully the having mode of existence- briefly, a person who has remained a person, and not become a thing- cannot help feeling lonely, powerless, isolated in present-day society."

"The real opposition is that between the ego-bound man, whose existence is structured by the principle of having, and the free man, who has overcome his egocentricity."

"If I am what I have and I lose what I have, who then I am?"

TimelessEyes TimelessEyes
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8 Responses Dec 11, 2012

The second one reminds me of this.

“When asked, "Are you a God or a Man?"
the Buddha replied "I AM AWAKE".

Loved it thank you.

Sorry for taking so long to reply! Only today could I come to a cybercafé, from my phone EP Mobile won´t let me view or do anything. Thank you for your kind comment! :)

I like to think that I am; what I have given away. I ultimately can keep nothing, so it benefits my soul and spirit greatly to give it away as quickly as possible.
Thank You for your wonderful, thought provoking quotes.

Thank you for commenting, Climber. Yours is a beautiful statement and I totally agree that we ultimately can keep nothing, our attachments are illusory, it´s the act of giving that keeps us alive and nurtures who we are.

I can't say I understand this as much as you do. But keep going with those great ideas of yours!

Thank you so much :) All he is saying is so many people today are selfish and obsessed with money. When they happen to lose everything they feel nobody, but hey, their souls are still in the same place lol.

Very good quote,quite reassuring in fact for those who feel they don't fit in this society.

Thank you, my friend. I do draw inspiration from them, and I think they look a lot like you too.

Beautiful thoughts. I will keep them in the back of my mind for challenging times. Thank you!

Thoughts to aspire to

These real touched me. Thank you!

I am glad you like them :) It´s funny that you commented on them--- last night when I commented on one of your stories I was thinking of Erich Fromm!

I was speaking about a very similar topic with a friend, just today. There are no coincidences :)

Indeed! There are synchronicities...