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Quotations by author » Eric Hoffer
American Writer, 1902-1983
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Perhaps our originality manifests itself most strikingly in what we do with that which we did not originate. To discover something wholly new can be a matter of chance, of idle tinkering, or even of the chronic dissatisfaction of the untalented.
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Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. The resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done to them but from the sense of their inadequacy and impotence. They hate not wickedness but weakness. When it is in their power to do so, the weak destroy weakness wherever they see it.
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Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.
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Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others
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Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
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Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength
Rudeness
Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors; they can be smelled.
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Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern with the quality of results than with the purity of motives.
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Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.
CheatingTrust
Sometimes we feel the loss of a prejudice as a loss of vigor.
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Successful action tends to become an end in itself
ActionMotivationSuccess
That which corrodes the souls of the persecuted is the monstrous inner agreement with the prevailing prejudice against them.
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The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do
Freedom
The beginning of thought is in disagreement , not only with others but also with ourselves.
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The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep
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The birth of the new constitutes a crisis, and its mastery calls for a crude and simple cast of mind -- the mind of a fighter -- in which the virtues of tribal cohesion and fierceness and infantile credulity and malleability are paramount. Thus every new beginning recapitulates in some degree man's first beginning.
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The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor's shortcomings as he is of his own.
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The central task of education is to implant a will and facility for learning; it should produce not learned but learning people. The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents, and children are students together.
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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.
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The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything.
People
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