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ERIC HOFFER
American writer, philosopher and longshoreman
(1902 - 1983)
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A low capacity for getting along with those near us often goes hand in hand with a high receptivity to the idea of the brotherhood of men.
      - [Brotherhood]

A war is not won if the defeated enemy has not been turned into a friend.
      - [War]

Add a few drops of venom to a half truth and you have an absolute truth.
      - [Truth]

An easygoing person is probably more accessible to the realization of eternity--the endless flow of life and death--than one who takes his prospects and duties overseriously. It is the overserious who are truly frivolous.
      - [Frivolity]

Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself.
      - [Want]

Creativity is discontent translated into arts.
      - [Creativity]

Crude absurdities, trivial nonsense, and sublime truths are equally potent in readying people for self-sacrifice if they are accepted as the sole, eternal truth.
      - [Truth]

Facts are counterrevolutionary.
      - [Facts]

Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know.
      - [Ignorance]

How frighteningly few are the persons whose death would spoil our appetite and make the world seem empty.
      - [Death]

In human affairs, the best stimulus for running ahead is to have something we must run from.
      - [Fear]

It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.
      - [Evil]

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.
      - [Imitation]

Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.
      - [Weariness]

Our sense of power is more vivid when we break a man's spirit than when we win his heart.
      - [Power]

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.
      - [Hatred]

Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others.
      - [Retribution]

Rudeness is a weak man's imitation of strength.
      - [Rudeness]

Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
      - [Rudeness]

Successful action tends to become an end in itself.
      - [Success]

The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.
      - [Freedom]

The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.
      - [Dictatorship]

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
      - [Blessings]

The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
      - [Leaders]

The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause.
      - [Excellence]


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