"The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Erich Fromm on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Erich Fromm on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Erich Fromm on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Erich Fromm on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Erich Fromm on Oscar Wilde
"Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?"
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties."
"Man always dies before he is fully born."
"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."
"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."