Top Quotes by Eric Hoffer

By | April 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Eric Hoffer

Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.

Eric Hoffer

Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.

Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.

Eric Hoffer

Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

To the old, the new is usually bad news.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy.

Eric Hoffer

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy – the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are.

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

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

Eric Hoffer

Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some. We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than when we seem to lack but one thing.

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

The beginning of thought is in disagreement – not only with others but also with ourselves.

Eric Hoffer

We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.

Eric Hoffer

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

Eric Hoffer

Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.

Eric Hoffer

Children are the keys of paradise.

Eric Hoffer

To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

A man by himself is in bad company.

Eric Hoffer

It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.

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

Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.

Eric Hoffer

Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous.

Eric Hoffer

Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.

Eric Hoffer

Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one’s balance and keep afloat.

Eric Hoffer

We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about.

Eric Hoffer

Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it.

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