TOP 20 Ernest Becker Quotes

TOP 20 Ernest Becker Quotes.
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“What man really fears is not so much extinction, but extinction with insignificance.”
— Ernest Becker (00:00)

“Modern man is drinking and drugging himself out of awareness, or he spends his time shopping, which is the same thing.”
— Ernest Becker (00:07)

“If everyone lives roughly the same lies about the same thing, there is no one to call them liars. They jointly establish their own sanity and themselves normal.”
— Ernest Becker (00:14)

“All power is in essence power to deny mortality.”
— Ernest Becker (00:21)

“Man cannot endure his own littleness unless he can translate it into meaningfulness on the largest possible level.”
— Ernest Becker (00:28)

“Man is literally split in two: he has an awareness of his own splendid uniqueness in that he sticks out of nature with a towering majesty, and yet he goes back into the ground a few feet in order blindly and dumbly to rot and disappear forever.”
— Ernest Becker (00:35)

“Each society is a hero system which promises victory over evil and death.”
— Ernest Becker (00:42)

“Obviously, all religions fall far short of their own ideals.”
— Ernest Becker (00:49)

“War is a sociological safety valve that cleverly diverts popular hatred for the ruling classes into a happy occasion to mutilate or kill foreign enemies.”
— Ernest Becker (00:56)

“The irony of man’s condition is that the deepest need is to be free of the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which awakens it, and so we must shrink from being fully alive.”
— Ernest Becker (01:03)

“We are gods with anuses.”
— Ernest Becker (01:10)

“Once you base your whole life striving on a desperate lie, and try to implement that lie, you instrument your own undoing.”
— Ernest Becker (01:17)

“Genuine heroism for man is still the power to support contradictions, no matter how glaring or hopeless they may seem.”
— Ernest Becker (01:24)

“Horror alone brings peace of mind.”
— Ernest Becker (01:31)

“People create the reality they need in order to discover themselves.”
— Ernest Becker (01:38)

“Better guilt than the terrible burden of freedom and responsibility.”
— Ernest Becker (01:45)

“Guilt results from unused life, from the unlived in us.”
— Ernest Becker (01:52)

“It is fateful and ironic how the lie we need in order to live dooms us to a life that is never really ours.”
— Ernest Becker (01:59)

“Love is the problem of an animal…”
— Ernest Becker (02:06)

“For man, maximum excitement is the confrontation of death and the skillful defiance of it by watching others fed to it as he survives transfixed with rapture.”
— Ernest Becker (02:13)

Music credit: Easy Day – Kevin MacLeod


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