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quotes from 'the true believer'

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FROM THE "TRUE BELIEVER" AND THE BRILLIANT ERIC HOFFER ...
THE WRITER I'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO CONVINCE ANYONE TO READ


One of the reasons I was able to identify who Barack Obama was and what he was doing so early is primarily (but not exclusively) because of this man.

On "mass movements":

A rising mass movement attracts and holds a following not by its doctrine and promises but by the refuge it offers from anxieties, barrenness, and meaninglessness of an individual existence. It cures the poignantly frustrated not by conferring on 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. - Eric Hoffer, The True Believer

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