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Quotations by author » Eric Hoffer
American Writer, 1902-1983
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The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else- we are the busiest people in the world.
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The game of History is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle
History
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
Blessings
The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted: thence proceeds mawkishness.
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The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.
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The intellectuals and the young, booted and spurred, feel themselves born to ride us
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The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
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The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause
Excellence
The link between ideas and action is rarely direct. There is almost always an intermediate step in which the idea is overcome. De Tocqueville points out that it is at times when passions start to govern human affairs that ideas are most obviously translated into political action. The translation of ideas into action is usually in the hands of people least likely to follow rational motives. Hence, it is that action is often the nemesis of ideas, and sometimes of the men who formulate them. One of the marks of the truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action the ability to pass directly from thought to action.
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The main effect of a real revolution is perhaps that it sweeps away those who do not know how to wish, and brings to the front men with insatiable appetites for action, power and all that the world has to offer.
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The misery of a child is interesting to a mother, the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman, the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody.
Misery
The nature of a society is largely determined by the direction in which talent and ambition flow - by the tilt of the social landscapes
Society
The necessary has never been man's top priority. The passionate pursuit of the nonessential and the extravagant is one of the chief traits of human uniqueness. Unlike other forms of life, man's greatest exertions are made in the pursuit not of necessities but of superfluities.
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The only index by which to judge a government or a way of life is by the quality of the people it acts upon. No matter how noble the objectives of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion- it is an evil government.
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The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.
Power
The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not
Religion
The passion to get ahead is sometimes born of the fear lest we be left behind
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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.
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The pre-human creature from which man evolved was unlike any other living thing in its malicious viciousness toward its own kind. Humanization was not a leap forward but a groping toward survival.
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The real "haves" are they who can acquire freedom, self-confidence, and even riches without depriving others of them
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