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Quotes of the Day for 25 July 2001 – Eric Hoffer

America's longshoreman-philosopher was born at The Bronx, New York on this day in 1902. At age seven he was mysteriously blinded, at age fifteen his sight returned just as mysteriously. He threw himself into reading everything he could get his hands on while working the docks in California, and started writing in his fourth decade. These few quotes were chosen from dozens of astute observations.

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The quotes:

A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly, peaceful and pleasant, but perhaps without the seed of things to come.

Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know.

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. Originality is deliberate and forced, and partakes of the nature of a protest.

The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.

The misery of a child is interesting to a mother, the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman, the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody.
     - All today's quotes are from Eric Hoffer, 1902 - 1983


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