By alienation is meant a mode of experience in which the person experiences himself as an alien. He has become, one might say, estranged from himself. He does not experience himself as the center of his world, as the creator of his own acts -- but his acts and their consequences have become his masters, whom he obeys, or whom he may even worship. The alienated person is out of touch with himself as he is out of touch with any other person. He, like the others, is experienced as things are experienced; with the senses and with common sense, but at the same time without being related to oneself and to the world outside positively.
Authority is not a quality one person has, in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him.
To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.
Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality.
Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
Man may be defined as the animal that can say I, that can be aware of himself as a separate entity.
The kind of relatedness to the world may be noble or trivial, but even being related to the basest kind of pattern is immensely preferable to being alone.
Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.
Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.
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