"One realizes that one of the chief differences
between an adult and a juvenile is that the adult
knows when he is an ass while the juvenile never does."
Eric Hoffer
(1902-1983) American author, philosopher, awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
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Yes, now this put humour into social science - its a great observation.
 -- Jim Logan, Ottawa     
    I guess one of the points that can be derived here is that some asses never become adults.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    I couldn't find much to relate this to other than this one thought: A man at 20 who is a socialist is tolerated, the same man, still a socialist at 40...is an ass.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    J proves he is an ass
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
    Thanks anonymous....its easy to see why you hide under your "anon"status. Do you hide under a rock like the other lliberals too? Slither On Sister...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Hoffer would appear to contradict Mr. Virtue John Locke in the other days quote. Locke would appear to say that once a young man is an ass he seldom recovers from it. Hoffer one would think would offer the juvenile or "young man" a break but hold the adult responsible. I think Hoffer is here a straighter thinker than Mr. Virtue-Locke. The only guy I think of here is Russ Limbaugh, but he makes 400 million being an ass so I guess it is really the guys that like him are the real asses.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    That's "Rush" not "Russ" Waff, and he spends his time exposing asses like Pelosi, Reed,Obama, Gore , and the rest of the usual suspects.
     -- jim k, Austin     
    I beg to differ - the Juvenile knows only to well when they are an ass, as the adult tells yet another lie to cover the other ten and digs the hole even deeper.
     -- RBESRQ     
    I don't think age really counts for one to know what their limitations are. A juvenile can figure that out about him/herself just as well as an adult can and many times a juvenile can't figure that out about him/herself just as an adult cannot. As far as Rush Limbaugh, I can only say it must feel good to make so much money while defending your principles. And the people behind all that money must also feel rewarded, either financially or morally. Mr. Smith did not produce a self-sufficient illustration.
     -- Elisabeth, Astoria, NY     
    Elisabeth Mr, Limbauh states a mantra over and over saying "America is a republic not a democracy" that in itself should be enough for any thinking person to repudiate and disparage the man for ever and ever. No thinking person would ever fall for that stupidity but sadly many do. The name is Mr. Waffler not Smith, I am from Smith.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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