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268 Famous Quotes by Eric Hoffer
7/25/1902 - 5/21/1983
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Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.

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Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.

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How much easier is self-sacrifice than self-realization.

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People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.

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The truth seems to be that propaganda on its own cannot force its way into unwilling minds; neither can it inculcate something wholly new; nor can it keep people persuaded once they have ceased to believe. It penetrates into minds already open, and rather than instill opinion it articulates and justifies opinions already present in the minds of its recipients.

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Proselytizing is more a passionate search for something not yet found than a desire to bestow upon the world something we already have. It is a search for a final and irrefutable demonstration that our absolute truth is indeed the one and only truth. The proselytizing fanatic strengthens his own faith by converting others.

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Religion is not a matter of God, church, holy cause, etc. These are but accessories. The source of religious preoccupation is in the self, or rather the rejection of the self. Dedication is the obverse side of self-rejection. Man alone is a religious animal because, as Montaigne points out, "it is a malady confined to man, and not seen in any other creature, to hate and despise ourselves.".

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To most of us nothing is so invisible as an unpleasant truth. Though it is held before our eyes, pushed under our noses, rammed down our throats- we know it not.

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The desire to be different from the people we live with is sometimes the result of our rejection- real or imagined- by them.

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It is not at all simple to understand the simple.

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Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.

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...in the shaping of a life, chance and the ability to respond to chance are everything.

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A society that refuses to strive for superfluities is likely to end up lacking in necessities.

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The Greeks invented logic but were not fooled by it.

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Words have ruined more souls than any devil's agency.

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Spiritual stagnation ensues when man's environment becomes unpredictable or when his inner life is made wholly predictable.

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The nature of a society is largely determined by the direction in which talent and ambition flow--by the tilt of the social landscape.

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

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