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To get into the best society nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people. (Quote by - Oscar Wilde)

A rising mass movement attracts and holds a following not by its doctrine and promises but by the refuge it offers from the anxieties, barrenness and meaningless of an individual existence. It cures the poignantly frustrated not by conferring upon them an absolute truth or by remedying the difficulties and abuses which made their lives miserable, but by freeing them from their ineffectual selves- and it does this by enfolding and absorbing them into a closely knit and exultant corporate whole. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

The noisy and extensive scene of crowds without company, and dissipation without pleasure. (Quote by - Edward Gibbon)

Words are the physicians of a mind diseased. (Quote by - Aeschylus)

The acquiring of culture is the development of an avid hunger for knowledge and beauty. (Quote by - Jesse Bennett)

There is a fundamental difference between the appeal of a mass movement and the appeal of a practical organization. The practical organization offers opportunities for self-advancement, and its appeal is mainly to self-interest. On the other hand, a mass movement, particularly in its active, revivalist phase, appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self. A mass movement attracts and holds a following not because it can satisfy the desire for self-advancement, but because it can satisfy the passion for self-renunciation. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

It's amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites. (Quote by - Thomas Sowell)

Science is facts. Just as houses are made of stones, so science is made of facts. But a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science. (Quote by - Henri Poincare)

in the course of the last century science has become so dizzy with its successes, that it has forgotten to ask the pertinent questions- or refused to ask them under the pretext that they are meaningless, and in any case not the scientists concern. (Quote by - Arthur Koestler)

Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

We have no claim to share in the glory of our ancestors unless we strive to resemble them. (Quote by - Moliere)

The vigor of a mass movement stems from the propensity of its followers for united action and self-sacrifice. When we ascribe the success of a movement to its faith, doctrine, propaganda, leadership, ruthlessness and so on, we are but referring to instruments of unification and to means used to inculcate a readiness for self-sacrifice. It is perhaps impossible to understand the nature of a mass movement unless it is recognized that their chief preoccupation is to foster, perfect and perpetuate a facility for united action and self-sacrifice. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

Society is always trying in some way to grind us down to a single flat surface. (Quote by - Oliver Wendell Holmes)

The 'missing link' between ape and man will probably never be found- because it was an embryo. (Quote by - Arthur Koestler)

If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000. (Quote by - Paul Ehrlich)

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. (Quote by - Theodore Rubin)

Scientific progress consists in the development of new concepts. (Quote by - Ernst Mayr)

People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do. (Quote by - Thomas Sowell)

It is a governing principle of nature, that the agency which can produce most good, when perverted from its proper aim, is most productive of evil. It behooves the well-intentioned, therefore, vigorously to watch the tendency of even their most highly prized institutions, since that which was established in the interests of the right, may so easily become the agent of the wrong. (Quote by - James Fenimore Cooper)

What one generation sees as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity. (Quote by - Anthony Crosland)

in the shaping of a life, chance and the ability to respond to chance are everything. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

People do not cooperate under the division of labor because they love or should love one another. They cooperate because this best serves their own interests. Neither love nor charity nor any other sympathetic sentiments but rightly understood selfishness is what originally impelled man to adjust himself to the requirements of society, to respect the rights and freedoms of his fellow men and to substitute peaceful collaboration for enmity and conflict. (Quote by - Ludwig Von Mises)

If the triangles made a god, they would give him three sides. (Quote by - De Montesquieu)

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