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Hate
Engrave this Quote It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.
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Heresy
Engrave this Quote A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor.
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History
Engrave this Quote The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.
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Humanity
Engrave this Quote Man was nature's mistake --she neglected to finish him -- and she has never ceased paying for her mistake.
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Identity
Engrave this Quote Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors; they can be smelled.
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Engrave this Quote 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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Ignorance & Stupidity
Engrave this Quote 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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Engrave this Quote Naivete in grownups is often charming; but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity.
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Imitation
Engrave this Quote When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
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Immigration
Engrave this Quote It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it.
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Individuality
Engrave this Quote It is the individual only who is timeless. Societies, cultures, and civilizations -- past and present -- are often incomprehensible to outsiders, but the individual's hungers, anxieties, dreams, and preoccupations have remained unchanged through the millenia.
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-Eric Hoffer, Reflections on the Human Condition (Aphorism 183), 1973
Innovation
Engrave this Quote Perhaps our originality manifests itself most strikingly in what we do with that which we did not originate. To discover something wholly new can be a matter of chance, of idle tinkering, or even of the chronic dissatisfaction of the untalented.
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Judging, Judgment
Engrave this Quote We find it hard to apply the knowledge of ourselves to our judgment of others. The fact that we are never of one kind, that we never love without reservations and never hate with all our being cannot prevent us from seeing others as wholly black or white.
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Kindness
Engrave this Quote Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
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Engrave this Quote The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.
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Engrave this Quote Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
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Leadership
Engrave this Quote It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence.
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Learning
Engrave this Quote In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
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Legacy
Engrave this Quote The remarkable thing is that it is the crowded life that is most easily remembered. A life full of turns, achievements, disappointments, surprises, and crises is a life full of landmarks. The empty life has even its few details blurred, and cannot be remembered with certainty.
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Life
Engrave this Quote The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.
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Marriage
Engrave this Quote There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.
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Engrave this Quote Marriage has for women many equivalents of joining a mass movement. It offers them a new purpose in life, a new future and a new identity (a new name). The boredom of spinsters and of women who can no longer find joy and fulfillment in marriage stems from an awareness of a barren, spoiled life. By embracing a holy cause and dedicating their energies and substance to its advancement, they find a new life full of purpose and meaning.
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-Eric Hoffer, The True Believer (Part II - The Potential Converts; ch.10)
Masses
Engrave this Quote There is a grandeur in the uniformity of the mass. When a fashion, a dance, a song, a slogan or a joke sweeps like wildfire from one end of the continent to the other, and a hundred million people roar with laughter, sway their bodies in unison, hum one song or break forth in anger and denunciation, there is the overpowering feeling that in this country we have come nearer the brotherhood of man than ever before.
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Mediocrity
Engrave this Quote The real antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity.
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Minorities
Engrave this Quote 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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