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Quotations From ERIC HOFFER


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  • Where everything is possible miracles become commonplaces, but the familiar ceases to be self-evident.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 228 (1955).
  • Animals often strike us as passionate machines.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aphorism 7 (1973).
  • Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 12 (1955).

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  • The prehuman 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.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aphorism 19 (1973).
  • 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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  • The history of this country was made largely by people who wanted to be left alone. Those who could not thrive when left to themselves never felt at ease in America.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 53 (1973).

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  • It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aphorism 130 (1955).
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