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The integrative tendencies of the individual are incomparably more dangerous than his self-assertive tendencies. (Quote by - Arthur Koestler)

The conviction persists - though history has shown it to be a hallucination - that all the questions that the human mind has asked are questions that can be answered in terms of the alternatives that the questions themselves present. But in fact intellectual progress usually occurs through sheer abandonment of questions together with both of the alternatives they assume - an abandonment that results from their decreasing vitality and change of urgent interest. We do not solve them: we get over them. Old questions are solved by disappearing, evaporating, while new questions corresponding to the changed attitude of endeavor and preference take their place. (Quote by - John Dewey)

The envious man thinks that if his neighbor breaks a leg, he will be able to walk better himself. (Quote by - Helmut Schoeck)

When we find a thinker reflecting or echoing an apparently erroneous, narrow, or even illogical thought that was popular or authoritative in his time, we must never rule out the possibility that what we have discovered is not the limit of his vision but only an example of his deliberate rhetorical accommodation to reigning prejudice which he does not share but thinks it best not to expose. (Quote by - Thomas L. Pangle)

A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case. (Quote by - Finley Peter Dunne)

Animals can learn, but it is not by learning that they become dogs, cats, or horses. Only man has to learn to become what he is supposed to be. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

Thus we find that people who fail in everyday affairs show a tendency to reach out for the impossible. They become responsive to grandiose schemes, and will display unequaled steadfastness, formidable energies and a special fitness in the performance of tasks which would stump superior people. It seems paradoxical that defeat in dealing with the possible should embolden people to attempt the impossible, but a familiarity with the mentality of the weak reveals that what seems a path of daring is actually an easy way out: It is to escape the responsibility for failure that the weak so eagerly throw themselves into grandiose undertakings. For when we fail in attaining the impossible we are justified in attributing it to the magnitude of the task. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

The world's greatest thinkers have often been amateurs; for high thinking is the outcome of fine and independent living, and for that a professional chair offers no special opportunities. (Quote by - Havelock Ellis)

Dare to be wrong and to dream. (Quote by - Friedrich Von Schiller)

To ripen a person for self-sacrifice he must be stripped of his individual identity and distinctness. He must cease to be George, Hans, Ivan or Tadao- a human atom with an existence bounded by birth and death. The most drastic way to achieve this end is by complete assimilation of the individual into a collective body. The fully assimilated individual does not see himself and others as human beings. When asked who he is, his automatic response is that he is a German, a Russian, a Japanese, a Christian, a Moslem, a member of a certain tribe or family. He has no purpose, worth and destiny apart from his collective body; and as long as that body lives he cannot really die. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

Do not trust your memory; it is a net full of holes; the most beautiful prizes slip through it. (Quote by - Georges Duhamel)

The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change. (Quote by - Eng's Principle)

However human, envy is certainly not one of the sources of discontent that a free society can eliminate. It is probably one of the essential conditions for the preservation of such a society that we do not countenance envy, not sanction its demands by camouflaging it as social justice, but treat it, in the words of John Stuart Mill, as the most anti-social and evil of all passions. (Quote by - F.a. Hayek)

But it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. (Quote by - Herman Melville)

Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away. (Quote by - Tom Clancy)

The taint inherent in absolute power is not its inhumanity but its antihumanity. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

The primary sign of a well-ordered mind is a man's ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company. (Quote by - Seneca)

If we do not believe in ourselves- neither in our efficacy nor in our goodness- the universe is a frightening place. (Quote by - Nathaniel Branden)

Every animal is sad after coitus except the human female and the rooster. (Quote by - Claudius Galen)

To be truly selfish one needs a degree of self-esteem. The self-despisers are less intent on their own increase than on the diminution of others. Where self-esteem is unattainable, envy takes the place of greed. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

There is a close connection between lack of confidence and the passionate state of mind. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either. (Quote by - Leo Burnett)

Since the social victim has been oppressed by society, he comes to feel that his individual life will be improved more by changes in society than by his own initiative. Without realizing it, he makes society rather than himself the agent of change. The power he finds in his victimization may lead him to collective action against society, but it also encourages passivity within the sphere of his personal life. (Quote by - Shelby Steele)

The continuous disasters of man's history are mainly due to his excessive capacity and urge to become identified with a tribe, nation, church or cause, and to espouse its credo uncritically and enthusiastically, even if its tenets are contrary to reason, devoid of self-interest and detrimental to the claims of self-preservation.We are thus driven to the unfashionable conclusion that the trouble with our species is not an excess of aggression, but an excess capacity for fanatical devotion. (Quote by - Arthur Koestler)

The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

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