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Quotations From ERIC HOFFER

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  • 1.
    There is probably an element of malice in the readiness to overestimate people: we are laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 129 (1973).

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  • 2.
    It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 123 (1955).
  • 3.
    When you automate an industry you modernize it; when you automate a life you primitivize it.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 8 (1973).

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  • 4.
    We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true; they ruin our dreams.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 232 (1955).
  • 5.
    Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aphorism 217 (1955).

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  • 6.
    That which corrodes the souls of the persecuted is the monstrous inner agreement with the prevailing prejudice against them.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 127 (1955).

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  • 7.
    The best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 235 (1955).
  • 8.
    It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 52 (1973).

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  • 9.
    We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 18 (1955).

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  • 10.
    Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 224 (1955).
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