"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."
"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."Erich Fromm on George Washington
"The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children."Erich Fromm on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Erich Fromm on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Erich Fromm on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso."Erich Fromm on Pablo Picasso
"Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?"
"The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science."
"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."