Quotes by Eric Hoffer

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Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults.
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With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.
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 solitude  

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We feel free when we escape - even if it be but from the frying pan into the fire.
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 freedom  

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Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.
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 balance  

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When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
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 conformity  

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To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life.
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The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
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 gratitude  math  

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You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.
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 consumerism  

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Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.
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It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate.
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