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The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
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Mar 26, 2009

really liked it

Though old-fashioned in places, and more philosophical than practical, I nevertheless greatly enjoyed and learned much from this slim tome.

He convincingly shows that a lot of the sadness and discombobulation of modern life comes from wanting to "have fun" until it's not fun any more, and a lack of concentration and discipline (stemming, perhaps, from an overindulgence in stark rigidity at times in our lives).

"The sexual act without love never bridges the gap between two human beings, except momentarily"
3:11 PM "in fact, they take the intensity of the infatuation, this being "crazy" about each other, for proof of the intensity of their love, while it may only prove the degree of their preceding loneliness"
"what most people in our culture mean in our culture by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal"

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