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Quotations From ERIC HOFFER

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  • 81.
    An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 88 (1973).

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  • 82.
    The best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 235 (1955).
  • 83.
    Nature is a self-made machine, more perfectly automated than any automated machine. To create something in the image of nature is to create a machine, and it was by learning the inner working of nature that man became a builder of machines.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 6 (1973). Also see Hoffer's comment under "animals."

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  • 84.
    The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 237 (1955).

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  • 85.
    We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 162 (1973).
  • 86.
    Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 221 (1955).
  • 87.
    We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 43 (1973).
  • 88.
    Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 78 (1955).

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  • 89.
    Sensuality reconciles us with the human race. The misanthropy of the old is due in large part to the fading of the magic glow of desire.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 138 (1973).

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  • 90.
    Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 260 (1955).

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