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Eric Hoffer Quotes and Sayings
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Our sense of power is more vivid when we break a man's
spirit than when we win his heart.
- Eric Hoffer

Related topics: Power

The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.
- Eric Hoffer

Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right.
He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.
- Eric Hoffer

It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy
teaching us that they have no time left to learn.
- Eric Hoffer

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Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains,
there is no need for the faith that moves mountains.
- Eric Hoffer

Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is
what we do not want to know.
- Eric Hoffer

We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.
- Eric Hoffer


 

It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor.
- Eric Hoffer

What greater reassurance can the weak have than that
they are like anyone else?
- Eric Hoffer

The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything.
- Eric Hoffer

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables
us to count our blessings.
- Eric Hoffer

When people are bored it is primarily with themselves.
- Eric Hoffer

When we believe ourselves in possession of the only truth,
we are likely to be indifferent to common everyday truths.
- Eric Hoffer

People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick
the boot that kicks them.
- Eric Hoffer

Youth itself is a talent, a perishable talent.
- Eric Hoffer

When people are free to do as they please,
they usually imitate each other.
- Eric Hoffer

The real Antichrist is he who turns the wine of an
original idea into the water of mediocrity.
- Eric Hoffer

Sometimes we feel the loss of a prejudice as a loss of vigor.
- Eric Hoffer

There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves.
The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.
- Eric Hoffer

In times of change learners inherit the earth;
while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped
to deal with a world that no longer exists.
- Eric Hoffer

When cowardice is made respectable, its followers are
without number both from among the weak and the strong;
it easily becomes a fashion.
- Eric Hoffer

Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices
which played a crucial role in the ascent of man,
we usually reach the realm of play.
- Eric Hoffer

It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which
we are influenced by those we influence.
- Eric Hoffer

It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness,
and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding
of his capacities and talents.
- Eric Hoffer

Children are the keys of paradise.
- Eric Hoffer

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities.
But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates
not only its own opportunities,
but its own talents.
- Eric Hoffer

Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
- Eric Hoffer

Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners.
- Eric Hoffer

It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives.
Kindness can become its own motive.
We are made kind by being kind.
- Eric Hoffer

The beginning of thought is in disagreement -
not only with others but also with ourselves.
- Eric Hoffer

It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands,
new undertakings, and new forms of expression.
- Eric Hoffer

Man was nature's mistake she neglected to finish him
and she has never ceased paying for her mistake.
- Eric Hoffer

A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time.
- Eric Hoffer

We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change.
Actually it is the other way around:
change prepares the ground for revolution.
- Eric Hoffer

Those in possession of absolute power can not only
prophesy and make their prophecies come true,
but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
- Eric Hoffer

With some people solitariness is an escape not from
others but from themselves.
For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.
- Eric Hoffer

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

Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic
between good and evil proceeding within us.
- Eric Hoffer

There is sublime thieving in all giving.
Someone gives us all he has and we are his.
- Eric Hoffer

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.
- Eric Hoffer

A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.
- Eric Hoffer

The greatest weariness comes from work not done.
- Eric Hoffer

The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts.
It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.
- Eric Hoffer

It is when power is wedded to chronic fear
that it becomes formidable.
- Eric Hoffer

We have perhaps a natural fear of ends.
We would rather be always on the way than arrive.
Given the means, we hang on to them and often forget the ends.
- Eric Hoffer

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish.
Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
- Eric Hoffer

Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself.
- Eric Hoffer

Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the
arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.
- Eric Hoffer

You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.
- Eric Hoffer

We all have private ails.
The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails.
- Eric Hoffer

Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
- Eric Hoffer

It is not so much the example of others we imitate
as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the
echo of ourselves in their words.
- Eric Hoffer

The game of history is usually played by the best and
the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.
- Eric Hoffer

Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul:
where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses
remain relatively harmless.
- Eric Hoffer

The weakness of a soul is proportionate to the number
of truths that must be kept from it.
- Eric Hoffer

Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a
substitute for lost faith in ourselves.
- Eric Hoffer

Our passionate preoccupation with the sky,
the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse.
We are drawn back to where we came from.
- Eric Hoffer

Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous.
- Eric Hoffer

It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not
only its own opportunities,
but its own talents.
- Eric Hoffer

Men weary as much of not doing the things they want
to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.
- Eric Hoffer

Kindness can become its own motive.
We are made kind by being kind.
- Eric Hoffer

Where everything is possible miracles become commonplaces,
but the familiar ceases to be self-evident.
- Eric Hoffer

The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as
much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot
who wants to turn them into puppets.
- Eric Hoffer

Take away hatred from some people, and you have men without faith.
- Eric Hoffer

One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the
ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action -
the ability to pass directly from thought to action.
- Eric Hoffer

The misery of a child is interesting to a mother,
the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman,
the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody.
- Eric Hoffer

Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps
them to deceive themselves.
- Eric Hoffer

Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors;
they can be smelled.
- Eric Hoffer

There would be no society if living together depended
upon understanding each other.
- Eric Hoffer

To know a person's religion we need not listen to his
profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.
- Eric Hoffer

It is not actual suffering but the taste of better
things which excites people to revolt.
- Eric Hoffer


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