There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement

There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently.

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We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay

Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny…. It is thus with most of us: we are what other people say we are. We know […]

The sick in soul insist that it is humanity that is sick, and they are the surgeons to operate on it

The sick in soul insist that it is humanity that is sick, and they are the surgeons to operate on it. They want to turn the world into a sickroom. And once they get humanity strapped to the operating table, they operate on it with an ax. -Eric Hoffer

Excessive desire is thus a means of suppressing our sense of worthlessness

To believe that if we could have but this or that we would be happy is to suppress the realization that the cause of our unhappiness is in our inadequate and blemished selves. Excessive desire is thus a means of suppressing our sense of worthlessness.

To most of us nothing is so invisible as an unpleasant truth

To most of us nothing is so invisible as an unpleasant truth. Though it is held before our eyes, pushed under our noses, rammed down our throats — we know it not. Eric_Hoffer