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Quotations by author » Eric Hoffer
American Writer, 1902-1983
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It is part of the formidableness of a genuine mass movement that the self-sacrifice it promotes includes also a sacrifice of some of the moral sense which cramps and restrains our nature.
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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.
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It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate.
Hope
It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.
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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.
Uniqueness
It is the fate of every great achievement to be pounced upon by pedants and imitators who drain it of life and turn it into an orthodoxy which stifles all stirrings of originality
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It is the individual only who is timeless. Societies, cultures, and civilizations /past and present /are often incomprehensible to outsiders, but the individual's hungers, anxieties, dreams, and preoccupations have remained unchanged through the millennia.
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It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn.
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It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites /opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties. Where there is no polarity /where energies flow smoothly in one direction /there will be much doing but no music.
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It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable
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It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
Desire
It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities
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It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence.
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Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
Kindness
Man is eminently a storyteller. His search for a purpose, a cause, an ideal, a mission and the like is largely a search for a plot and a pattern in the development of his life story -- a story that is basically without meaning or pattern.
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Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.
Men
Man staggers through life yapped at by his reason, pulled and shoved by his appetites, whispered to by fears, beckoned by hopes. Small wonder that what he craves most is self-forgetting.
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Man was nature's mistake -she neglected to finish him - and she has never ceased paying for her mistake.
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Many of the insights of the saint stem from his experience as a sinner
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Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.
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