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Quotations From ERIC HOFFER

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  • 31.
    In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 32 (1932, repr. 1973). This passage was used as the epigraph in A.E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway (1955).

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  • 32.
    We have perhaps a natural fear of ends. We would rather be always on the way than arrive. Given the means, we hang on to them and often forget the ends.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aphorism 121 (1973).

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  • 33.
    Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 13 (1973).

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  • 34.
    We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 70 (1955).
  • 35.
    Thought is a process of exaggeration. The refusal to exaggerate is not infrequently an alibi for the disinclination to think or praise.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aphorism 186 (1955).
  • 36.
    "More!" is as effective a revolutionary slogan as was ever invented by doctrinaires of discontent. The American, who cannot learn to want what he has, is a permanent revolutionary.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 22 (1955).
  • 37.
    To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 166 (1955). Hoffer adds: "It not infrequently happens that those who hunger for hope give their allegiance to him who offers them a grievance."

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  • 38.
    A man by himself is in bad company.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 262 (1955).
  • 39.
    A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 276 (1955).

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  • 40.
    There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 1 (1955).
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