Alfred Adler

(Alfred W. Adler)

Alfred Adler
Alfred Adler
  • Born: February 7, 1870
  • Died: May 28, 1937
  • Nationality: Austrian
  • Profession: Psychologist









Quote Topics Cited
It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them. Human Nature
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Men and nations cannot bear to feel inferior. Human Nature
The goal of security is common to all human beings; but some of them mistake the direction in which security lies. Human Nature
A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous. Truth
A simple rule in dealing with those who are hard to get along with is to remember that this person is striving to assert his superiority; and you must deal with him from that point of view.
Death is really a great blessing for humanity, without it there could be no real progress. People who lived for ever would not only hamper and discourage the young, but they would themselves lack sufficient stimulus to be creative. Death
Every individual acts and suffers in accordance with his peculiar teleology, which has all the inevitability of fate, so long as he does not understand it.
Every therapeutic cure, and still more, any awkward attempt to show the patient the truth, tears him from the cradle of his freedom from responsibility and must therefore reckon with the most vehement resistance. Truth ;Freedom & Liberty
Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.
God who is eternally complete, who directs the stars, who is the master of fates, who elevates man from his lowliness to Himself, who speaks from the cosmos to every single human soul, is the most brilliant manifestation of the goal of perfection. Religion & God
In the investigation of a neurotic style of life, we must always suspect an opponent, and note who suffers most because of the patient's condition. Usually this is a member of the family. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
It is one of the most effective attitudes of the neurotic to measure thumbs down, so to speak, a real person by an ideal, since in doing so he can depreciate him as much as he wishes.
It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country. Citizenship & Patriotism
Man knows much more than he understands.
Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.
My difficulties belong to me!
No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma - but we make out of them just what suits our purposes. Failure ;Success
Our modern states are preparing for war without even knowing the future enemy. Future ;War & Peace
The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions. Life
The educator must believe in the potential power of his pupil, and he must employ all his art in seeking to bring his pupil to experience this power. Power ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge to conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.
The neurotic is nailed to the cross of his fiction.
The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well.
The science of the mind can only have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being, and through its use, brings peace to every human soul. Nature ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;War & Peace
The test of one's behavior pattern is their relationship to society, relationship to work and relationship to sex. Society ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth. Truth
There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There is no such thing as talent. There is pressure.
To all those who walk the path of human cooperation war must appear loathsome and inhuman. War & Peace
To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority which constantly presses towards its own conquest. The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge for conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.
War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;War & Peace
War is organized murder and torture against our brothers. War & Peace
We cannot say that if a child is badly nourished he will become a criminal. We must see what conclusion the child has drawn.
We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.
We must never neglect the patient's own use of his symptoms.