The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
All men are in need of help and depend on one another. Human solidarity is the necessary condition for the unfolding of any one individual.
To love one person productively means to be related to his human core, to him as representing mankind. Love for one individual, in so far as it is divorced from love for man, can refer only to the superficial and to the accidental; of necessity it remains shallow.
There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as “moral indignation,” which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.
Temperament refers to the mode of reaction and is constitutional and not changeable; character is essentially formed by a person’s experiences, especially of those in early life, and changeable, to some extent, by insights and new kinds of experiences.
Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.
Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.
Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve and from which he cannot escape.