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Quotations From ERIC HOFFER

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  • 61.
    It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 27 (1973).
  • 62.
    Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aphorism 25 (1955).
  • 63.
    Sometimes we feel the loss of a prejudice as a loss of vigor.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 166 (1973).

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  • 64.
    Facts are counterrevolutionary.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 73 (1955).
  • 65.
    Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 264 (1955).
  • 66.
    Naïveté in grownups is often charming; but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 269 (1955).
  • 67.
    With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 211 (1955).

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  • 68.
    The chemistry of dissatisfaction is as the chemistry of some marvelously potent tar. In it are the building stones of explosives, stimulants, poisons, opiates, perfumes and stenches.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 14 (1955).
  • 69.
    There is always a chance that he who sets himself up as his brother's keeper will end up by being his jailkeeper.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 106 (1955).

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  • 70.
    The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 113 (1955).
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