„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.“

Fuente: Man for Himself (1947), Ch. 4 "Problems of Humanistic Ethics"

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„Man’s main task is to give birth to himself.“

—  Erich Fromm German social psychologist and psychoanalyst 1900 - 1980

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„i>Life as the product of life. However far man may extend himself with his knowledge, however objective he may appear to himself - ultimately he reaps nothing but his own biography.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, libro Human, All Too Human

Das Leben als Ertrag des Lebens.
Der Mensch mag sich noch so weit mit seiner Erkenntniss ausrecken, sich selber noch so objectiv vorkommen: zuletzt trägt er doch Nichts davon, als seine eigene Biographie.
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„It will then be a state of enlightened anarchy in which each person will become his own ruler. He will conduct himself in such a way that his behaviour will not hamper the well-being of his neighbours.“

—  Махатма Ганди pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948

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Contexto: Political power, in my opinion, cannot be our ultimate aim. It is one of the means used by men for their all-round advancement. The power to control national life through national representatives is called political power. Representatives will become unnecessary if the national life becomes so perfect as to be self-controlled. It will then be a state of enlightened anarchy in which each person will become his own ruler. He will conduct himself in such a way that his behaviour will not hamper the well-being of his neighbours. In an ideal State there will be no political institution and therefore no political power. That is why Thoreau has said in his classic statement that "that government is the best which governs the least". [From Hindi] Sarvodaya, January, 1939

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„While no one liberates himself by his own efforts alone, neither is he liberated by others.“

—  Paulo Freire educator and philosopher 1921 - 1997

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„Technology discloses the active relation of man towards nature, as well as the direct process of production of his very life, and thereby the process of production of his basic societal relations, of his own mentality, and his images of society, too.“

—  Karl Marx German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist 1818 - 1883

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