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Eric Hoffer


American longshoreman & philosopher Eric Hoffer [1902-83]      American philosopher Eric Hoffer worked on the docks of San Francisco as a longshoreman for 25 years, while writing ten books and many published articles. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Ronald Reagan in 1983.

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“It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor.”  {Issue #36}
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“It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise.”  {Issue #51}
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“You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.”  {Issue #61}
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“It is not actual suffering but the taste of better things which excites people to revolt.”  {Issue #61}
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“The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst
over the heads of the majority in the middle.”   {Issue #61}
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“The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.”  {Issue #61}
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“Excesses are essentially gestures. It is easy to be extremely cruel, magnanimous, humble or self-sacrificing
when we see ourselves as actors in a performance.”  {blog 9/2008}
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“Every extreme attitude is a flight from the self; the passionate state of mind is an expression
of inner dissatisfaction.”  {blog 9/2008}
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“Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.”  {blog 9/2008}
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“When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.”   {blog 11/2010}
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“The frustrated follow a leader less because of their faith that he is leading them to a promised land
than because of their immediate feeling that he is leading them away from their unwanted selves.
Surrender to a leader is not a means to an end but a fulfillment. Whither they are led is of
secondary importance.”   {blog 11/2010}
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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.”  {blog 8/2012}
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“A man by himself is in bad company.”  {blog 10/2012}
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“Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.”  {blog 11/2012 & 5/2015}
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“The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim
all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race, or his holy cause.”  {blog 5/2015}

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