Eric Hoffer Quotes

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

By: Eric Hoffer

It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities... view

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: 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... view

By: 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... view

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: Eric Hoffer

It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men... view

By: Eric Hoffer

Take away hatred from some people, and you have men without faith... view

By: 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... view

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: Eric Hoffer

It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate... view

By: Eric Hoffer

Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for lost faith in ourselves... view

By: 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... view

By: Eric Hoffer

Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength... view

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: Eric Hoffer

Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice... view

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: Eric Hoffer

Facts are counterrevolutionary... view

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: Eric Hoffer

Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know... view

By: Eric Hoffer

I hang onto my prejudices, they are the testicles of my mind... view

By: Eric Hoffer

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists... view

By: Eric Hoffer

In times of change learners inherit the earth.. view

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: Eric Hoffer

It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak... view

By: Eric Hoffer

It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor... view

By: 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... view

By: Eric Hoffer

Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem... view

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: Eric Hoffer

Sometimes we feel the loss of a prejudice as a loss of vigor... view

By: Eric Hoffer

Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors.. view

By: Eric Hoffer

Propaganda does not deceive people.. view

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: Eric Hoffer

Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern with the quality of results than with the purity of motives... view

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: Eric Hoffer

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

By: 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... view

By: Eric Hoffer