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Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)
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There are similarities between absolute power and absolute faith: a demand for absolute obedience, a readiness to attempt the impossible, a bias for simple solutionsto cut the knot rather than unravel it, the viewing of compromise as surrender. Both absolute power and absolute faith are instruments of dehumanization. Hence, absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
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Eric Hoffer, The New York Times Magazine, April 25, 1971
There is probably an element of malice in our readiness to overestimate people - we are, as it were, laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size.
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Eric Hoffer, The New York Times Magazine, April 25, 1971
We can remember minutely and precisely only the things which never really happened to us.
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Eric Hoffer, The New York Times Magazine, April 25, 1971
A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past.
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Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954
It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable.
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Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954
The nature of society is largely determined by the direction in which talent and ambition flow-by the tilt of the social landscape.
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Eric Hoffer, The Temper of Our Time, 1967

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