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Eric Hoffer

1902-1983. Philosopher and american author.

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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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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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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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Youth itself is a talent, a perishable talent.

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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 millennia.

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The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.

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Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.

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How frighteningly few are the persons whose death would spoil our appetite and make the world seem empty.

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Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.

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Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.

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