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Quotations From ERIC HOFFER

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  • 51.
    The weakness of a soul is proportionate to the number of truths that must be kept from it.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 61 (1955).
  • 52.
    To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 220 (1955).
  • 53.
    Youth itself is a talent—a perishable talent.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 32 (1955).
  • 54.
    It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 167 (1955).

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  • 55.
    Man was nature's mistake—she neglected to finish him—and she has never ceased paying for her mistake.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 4 (1973).

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  • 56.
    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).
  • 57.
    To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 215 (1955).

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  • 58.
    There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 142 (1973).
  • 59.
    It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 27 (1973).

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  • 60.
    When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 33 (1955). Hoffer adds, "A society which gives unlimited freedom to the individual, more often than not attains a disconcerting sameness. On the other hand, where communal discipline is strict but not ruthless ... originality is likely to thrive."

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