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Reflections on the Human Condition
by Eric Hoffer
Made In Usa: From Longshoremen To Social Thinker
Eric Hoffer--one of Americas most important thinkers and the author of The
True Believer--lived for years as a Depression Era migratory worker. Self-
taught, his appetite for knowledge--history, science, mankind--formed the
basis of his insight to human nature. Reflections on the Human Condition
is a collection of poignant aphorisms taken from his writings.
Personal Review: Reflections on the Human Condition by Eric
This work is a profound meditation on the human condition. Hoffer focuses
on the incompleteness of Man, the imperfection, the prolonged
youthfulness that enable Mankind to create self and world. He writes, " We
find him instead the only lighthearted being in a deadly serious universe.
All around him were living creatures superbly equipped, and driven by grim
purposefulness. He alone, with childish carelessness, tinkered and played,
and exerted himself more in the pursuit of superfluities than of necessities.
Yet the tinkering and playing, and the fascination with the nonessential ,
were a chief source of the inventiveness which enabled man to prevail
over better- equipped and more purposeful animals."
Hoffer's aphoristic style enables him to write memorable sentence after
sentence. His perceptiveness, intelligence, human decency and common
sense pervade this volume.
Here a few samples of the wise words in this work.
"Belief passes, but to never have believed never passes."
"Man invents God in the image of his longings, in the image of what he
wants to be, then proceeds to imitate that image, view with it, and strive to
"Actually, there is no alienation that a little power will not cure."
"Pascal feared that if men knew what each other thought of the other there
would be no friends in the world."
"Every passionate search is in some degree a search for something lost."
"It is the individual alone who is timeless."
A wonderful book.
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