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The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.
– Eric Hoffer
When people are bored it is primarily with themselves.
Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know.
It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it.
To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.
There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.
A man by himself is in bad company.
A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.
People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.
A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor.
The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.
Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.
The fear of becoming a ‘has-been’ keeps some people from becoming anything.
There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.
Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are.
The greatest weariness comes from work not done.
Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous.
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy.
Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
Children are the keys of paradise.
An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
The real Antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity.
It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.
It is a sign of creeping inner death when we can no longer praise the living.
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.
It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate.
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.
Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.