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Quotations From ERIC HOFFER

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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern with the quality of results than with the purity of motives.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 25 (1973).
  • 23.
    We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. "A Time of Juveniles," The Temper of Our Time (1967).

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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 143 (1973).

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  • 26.
    We need not only a purpose in life to give meaning to our existence but also something to give meaning to our suffering. We need as much something to suffer for as something to live for.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 153 (1973).

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  • 27.
    The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 13 (1973).

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  • 28.
    The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 150 (1973).
  • 29.
    A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Ordeal of Change, ch. 5 (1964).

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  • 30.
    It is a sign of creeping inner death when we can no longer praise the living.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 147 (1973).

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