Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer

American writer

Lived from: 1902-1983

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time.
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    There is a totalitarian regime inside every one of us. We are ruled by a ruthless politburo which sets our norms and drives us from one five-year plan to another. The autonomous individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.
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    A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.
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    A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.
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    A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor.
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    A soul that is reluctant to share does not as a rule have much of its own. Miserliness is here a symptom of meagerness.
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    A successful social technique consists perhaps in finding unobjectionable means for individual self-assertion.
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    Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
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    Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.
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    An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
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    Animals often strike us as passionate machines.
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    Capitalism is at its liberating best in a noncapitalist environment. The crypto-businessman is the true revolutionary in a Communist country.
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    Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
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    Death has but one terror, that it has no tomorrow.
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    Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.
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