The Art of Loving, Erich Fromm

The Art of Loving

The Art of Loving

When publishing The Art of Loving in 1956, Erich Fromm became the first scholar to consider “love” and “the ability to love” as subject worthy of publication. More than twenty-five years after his death (1980), the book has been translated into thirty-four languages and endless millions of copies have been sold.

Here are my top 10 sentences from The Art of Loving:

1- The active character of love can be described by stating that love is primarily giving, not receiving. […] Giving is the highest expression of potency.

2- Love is a power which produces love; impotence is the inability to produce love.

3- Love is the active concern for the life and the growth of that which we love.

4- In the act of loving, of giving myself, in the act of penetrating the other person, I find myself, I discover myself, I discover us both, I discover man.

5- Mother is warmth, mother is food, mother is euphoric state of satisfaction and security.

6- Mature love says: “I need you because I love you.”

7- There is only one proof for the presence of love: the depth of the relationship, and the aliveness and strength in each person concerned, this is the fruit by which love is recognized.

8- Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love.

9- What could the grown-up person achieve if he had the child’s patience and its concentration in the pursuits which are important to him!

10- To be loved, and to love, need courage, the courage to judge certain values as of ultimate concern – and to take the jump and stake everything on these values.

– LANA –

One thought on “The Art of Loving, Erich Fromm

  1. May 26, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Mình có thể mua cuốn sách này ở đâu? Có bản online không bạn? Thanks

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