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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    No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need people to bear witness against our inner judge, who keeps book on our shortcomings and transgressions. We need people to convince us that we are not as bad as we think we are.
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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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