The Ordeal of Change

A couple of quotes from the ever-quotable Erick Hoffer’s The Ordeal of Change (which is really more of a list of life advice than a “book” per say:

“One cannot escape the impression that the intellectual’s most fundamental incompatibility is with the masses. He has managed to thrive in social orders dominated by kings, nobles, priests, and merchants, but not in societies suffused with the tastes and values of the masses.”

“The individual’s most vital need is to prove his worth, and this usually means an insatiable hunger for action. For it is only the few who can acquire a sense of worth by developing and employing their capacities and talents. The majority prove their worth by keeping busy.”

I like Erick, he was wise and articulate.

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