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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1265
AUTHOR: Eric Hoffer (1902–83)
QUOTATION: There is probably an element of malice in the readiness to overestimate people; we are laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size.
ATTRIBUTION: ERIC HOFFER, “Thoughts of Eric Hoffer, Including ‘Absolute Faith Corrupts Absolutely,’” The New York Times Magazine, April 25, 1971, pp. 60, 62.
SUBJECTS: Opinions