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Erich Pinchas Fromm (1900–1980) was a well known Jewish-German-American social psychologist, psychoanalyst, and humanistic philosopher.

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Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.


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Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.


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The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.


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


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


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Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.


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


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Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.


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If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?


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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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