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ERIC HOFFER
American writer, philosopher and longshoreman
(1902 - 1983)
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The purpose of philosophers is to show people what is right under their noses.
      - [Philosophy]

The short-lived self, teetering on the edge of extinction, is the only thing that can ever really matter.
      - [Self]

To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.
      - [Perception]

To dispose a soul to action we must upset its equilibrium.
      - [Action]

To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life.
      - [Complaining]

To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.
      - [Intolerance]

To spell out the obvious is often to call it into question.
      - [Obviousness]

Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous.
      - [Uncertainty]

We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.
      - [Certainty]

We can remember minutely and precisely only the things which never really happened.
      - [Memory]

Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.
      - [Habit]

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
      - [Fear]

You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.
      - [Happiness]

Nature attains perfection, but man never does.
      - Reflections on the Human Condition (p. 3)
        [Nature : Perfection]

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
      - Reflections on the Human Condition (p. 54)
        [Mind]

Language was invented to ask questions.
      - Reflections on the Human Condition (p. 55)
        [Language]

What monstrosities would walk the streets were some people's faces as unfinished as their minds.
      - Reflections on the Human Condition (p. 55)
        [Mind]


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