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A peculiar side of credulity is that it is often joined with a proneness to imposture. The association of believing and lying is not characteristic solely of children. They inability or unwillingness to see things as they are promotes both gullibility and charlatanism.
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Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.

— Eric Hoffer

Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know.

— Eric Hoffer

Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.

— Eric Hoffer

The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.

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It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor.

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We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.

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The contribution of the Western democracies to the awakening of the East has been indirect and certainly unintended. They have kindled an enthusiasm of resentment against the West; and it is this anti-Western fervor which is at present rousing the Orient from its stagnation of centuries.2

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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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In products of the human mind, simplicity marks the end of a process of refining, while complexity marks a primitive stage. Michelangelo 's definition of art as the purgation of superfluities suggests that the creative effort consists largely in the elimination of that which complicates and confuses a pattern

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It is apparently vital that we should be in the dark about ourselves not to be clear about our intentions, fears, and hopes. There is a stubborn effort in us to set up a compact screen between consciousness and the self.

— Eric Hoffer

The unpredictability inherent in human affairs is due largely to the fact that the by-products of a human process are more fateful than the product.

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The purpose of philosophers is to show people what is right under their noses.

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By all odds, earliest man, so naked to the elements and to deadly enemies, should have existed in a state of constant shock. We find him instead the only lighthearted being in a deadly serious universe ... He alone, with childish carelessness, tinkered and played, and exerted himself more in the pursuit of superfluities than of necessities. Yet the tinkering and playing, and the fascination with the nonessential, were a chief source of the inventiveness which enabled man to prevail over better-equipped and more-purposeful animals.

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Passionate intensity may serve as a substitute for confidence.

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The readiness to praise others indicates a desire for excellence and perhaps an ability to realize it.

— Eric Hoffer

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