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When we leave people on their own, we are delivering them into the hands of a ruthless taskmaster from whose bondage there is no escape. The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.


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The desire to belong is partly a desire to lose oneself.
ERIC HOFFER
It is doubtful if the oppressed ever fight for freedom. They fight for pride and power- power to op...
ERIC HOFFER
Those who see their lives as spoiled and wasted crave equality and fraternity more than they do free...
ERIC HOFFER
Absolute power turns its possessors not into a God but an anti-God. For God turned clay into men, w...
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Despair and misery are static factors. The dynamism of an uprising flows from hope and pride. Not ...
ERIC HOFFER
The great crimes of the twentieth century were committed not by money-grubbing capitalists but by de...
ERIC HOFFER
When we debunk a fanatical faith or prejudice, we do not strike at the root of fanaticism. We merel...
ERIC HOFFER
Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves.
ERIC HOFFER
In man's life, the absence of an essential component usually leads to the adoption of a substitute. ...
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Those of little faith are of little hatred.
ERIC HOFFER
Whoever originated the cliche that money is the root of all evil knew hardly anything about the natu...
ERIC HOFFER
Every era has a currency that buys souls. In some the currency is pride, in others it is hope, in s...
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Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others
ERIC HOFFER
In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equippe...
ERIC HOFFER
Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possib...
ERIC HOFFER
It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
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It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites --opposi...
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No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need p...
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The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in th...
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There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his.
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What greater reassurance can the weak have than that they are like anyone else?
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Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing...
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Man is eminently a storyteller. His search for a purpose, a cause, an ideal, a mission and the like ...
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We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and con...
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Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of a...
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Thought is a process of exaggeration. The refusal to exaggerate is not infrequently an alibi for the...
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The pre-human creature from which man evolved was unlike any other living thing in its malicious vic...
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Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And w...
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There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet.
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We need not only a purpose in life to give meaning to our existence but also something to give meani...
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