Alfred Adler Quotes (67 Quotes)


    War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man.

    A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous.

    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.

    The only worthwhile achievements of man are those which are socially useful.

    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.



    The self-bound individual always forgets that his self would be safeguarded better and automatically the more he prepares himself for the welfare of mankind, and that in this respect no limits are set for him.

    Tears and complaints - the means which I have called water power - can be an extremely useful weapon for disturbing cooperation and reducing other to a condition of slavery.

    To injure another person through atonement is one of the most subtle devices of the neurotic, as when, for example, he indulges in self-accusations.

    The mathematical life of a mathematician is short. Work rarely improves after the age of twenty-five or thirty. If little has been accomplished by then, little will ever be accomplished.

    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.

    The test of one's behavior pattern is their relationship to society, relationship to work and relationship to sex.

    Each generation has its few great mathematicians, and mathematics would not even notice the absence of the others. They are useful as teachers, and their research harms no one, but it is of no importance at all. A mathematician is great or he is nothing.


    We can comprehend every single life phenomenon, as if the past, the present, and the future together with a superordinate, guiding idea were present in it in traces.

    I have taken forty years to make my psychology simple. I might say all neurosis is vanity - but this also might not be understood.

    There is no such thing as talent. There is pressure.

    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.

    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.

    Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.

    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.

    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.

    We must never neglect the patient's own use of his symptoms.

    We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.

    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.


    It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country.

    It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.

    The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.

    There is always this element of concealed accusation in neurosis, the patient feeling as though he were deprived of his right-that is, of the center of attention - and wanting to fix the responsibility and blame upon someone.


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