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Quotes of the Day for 25 July 2002 – Eric Hoffer

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

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The quotes:

It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate.

We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true; they ruin our dreams.

We usually see only the things we are looking for - so much so that we sometimes see them where they are not.

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.

Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.

Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices which played a crucial role in the ascent of man, we usually reach the realm of play.
     - Today's quotes are all from Eric Hoffer, 1902 - 1983

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