A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past. The Passionate State of Mind 1954

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Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.

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All leaders strive to turn their followers into children.

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He who has nothing and wants something is less frustrated than he who has something and wants more. True Believer or Theory of leisure class

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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.

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In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

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It is a sign of a creeping inner death when we no longer can praise the living.

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It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable. The Passionate State of Mind 1954

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No one is truly literate who cannot read his own heart.

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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

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