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Quotations From ERIC HOFFER

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  • 71.
    It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 24 (1955).

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  • 72.
    Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy—the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 264 (1955).

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  • 73.
    Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. New York Times (July 21, 1969).
  • 74.
    There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 223 (1955).

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  • 75.
    A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 40 (1973).
  • 76.
    Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. New York Times (July 21, 1969). On the first moon-landing.

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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-83), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 184 (1955).

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  • 79.
    To the excessively fearful the chief characteristic of power is its arbitrariness. Man had to gain enormously in confidence before he could conceive an all-powerful God who obeys his own laws.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 163 (1973).

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  • 80.
    When we believe ourselves in possession of the only truth, we are likely to be indifferent to common everyday truths.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 83 (1955).

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