Eric Hoffer Quotes

American moral and social philosopher

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
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When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored.
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Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
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The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
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Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.
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For many people, an excuse is better than an achievement because an achievement, no matter how great, leaves you having to prove yourself again in the future, but an excuse can last for life.
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The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.
– Eric Hoffer

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We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.
– Eric Hoffer

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Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy – the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.
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The greatest weariness comes from work not done.
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Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.
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Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
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Hatred is the most accessible and comprehensive of all the unifying agents. Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a god, but never without a belief in a devil.
– Eric Hoffer

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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

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It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.
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It is thus with most of us; we are what other people say we are. We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay.
– Eric Hoffer

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There is no doubt that in exchanging a self-centered for a selfless life we gain enormously in self-esteem. The vanity of the selfless, even those who practice utmost humility, is boundless.
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Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know.
– Eric Hoffer

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

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The nature of society is largely determined by the direction in which talent and ambition flow-by the tilt of the social landscape.
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To the old, the new is usually bad news.
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It is easier to love humanity than to love your neighbor.
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