Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.
More Quotes from Eric Hoffer:Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.
We can never really be prepared for that which is wholly new. We have to adjust ourselves, and every radical adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem we undergo a test, we have to prove ourselves. It needs inordinate self-confidence to face drastic change without inner trembling.
Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.
However much we talk of the inexorable laws governing the life of individuals and of societies, we remain at the bottom convinced that in human affairs everything in more or less fortuitous. We do not even believe in the inevitability of our own death. Hence the difficulty of deciphering the present, of detecting the seeds of things to come as they germinate before our eyes. We are not attuned to seeing the inevitable.
The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.
We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.
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