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Exaggeration
Engrave this Quote Thought is a process of exaggeration. The refusal to exaggerate is not infrequently an alibi for the disinclination to think or praise.
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-Eric Hoffer
Example
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Eric Hoffer
Facts
Engrave this Quote Facts are counterrevolutionary.
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-Eric Hoffer
Failure
Engrave this Quote They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.
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Engrave this Quote There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.
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Faith
Engrave this Quote Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
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Fanaticism
Engrave this Quote All mass movements generate in their adherents a readiness to die and a proclivity for united action; all of them, irrespective of the doctrine they preach and the program they project, breed fanaticism, enthusiasm, fervent hope, hatred and intolerance; all of them are capable of releasing a powerful flow of activity in certain departments of life; all of them demand blind faith and singlehearted allegiance.
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-Eric Hoffer, The True Believer, 1951
Fashion
Engrave this Quote The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything.
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-Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of the Mind, 1954
Engrave this Quote The birth of the new constitutes a crisis, and its mastery calls for a crude and simple cast of mind -- the mind of a fighter -- in which the virtues of tribal cohesion and fierceness and infantile credulity and malleability are paramount. Thus every new beginning recapitulates in some degree man's first beginning.
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Engrave this Quote To the old, the new is usually bad news.
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Fear
Engrave this Quote You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
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Engrave this Quote Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear. Thus a feeling of utter unworthiness can be a source of courage.
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Fellowship
Engrave this Quote There is always a chance that he who sets himself up as his brother's keeper will end up by being his jail-keeper.
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Freedom
Engrave this Quote The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.
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Engrave this Quote There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
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Friends
Engrave this Quote Friendship Never explain -- your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe it anyway. A real friend never gets in your way, unless you happen to be on the way down. A friend is someone you can do nothing with and enjoy it. However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. 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.
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Engrave this Quote However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. 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.
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Future, The
Engrave this Quote Our present addiction to pollsters and forecasters is a symptom of our chronic uncertainty about the future... We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of a chicken.
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Engrave this Quote To make of human affairs a coherent, precise, predictable whole one must ignore or suppress man as he really is. It is by eliminating man from their equation that the makers of history can predict the future, and the writers of history can give a pattern to the past.
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Generalize, Generalizations
Engrave this Quote We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.
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Generosity
Engrave this Quote There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his.
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Glory
Engrave this Quote Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.
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Greatness & Great Things
Engrave this Quote A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time.
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Habits
Engrave this Quote Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.
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Happiness
Engrave this Quote The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
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-Eric Hoffer

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