Quotations by Eric Hoffer (139 Quotations)
:: 1902-1983, American Author, Philosopher
A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Minorities]
A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Greatness]
A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Negotiation]
A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Heresy]
A man by himself is in bad company.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Solitude]
A soul that is reluctant to share does not as a rule have much of its own. Miserliness is here a symptom of meagerness.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Misers and Misery]
A successful social technique consists perhaps in finding unobjectionable means for individual self-assertion.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Socializing and Socialism]
Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Faith]
Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Action]
An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Stupidity]
Animals often strike us as passionate machines.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Animals]
Capitalism is at its liberating best in a noncapitalist environment. The crypto-businessman is the true revolutionary in a Communist country.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Capitalism]
Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Compassion]
Death has but one terror, that it has no tomorrow.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Death and Dying]
Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy -- the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Disappointments]
Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Dissipation]
Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Self-esteem]
Facts are counterrevolutionary.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Facts]
Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear. Thus a feeling of utter unworthiness can be a source of courage.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Fear]
Fear of becoming a has been keeps some people from becoming anything.
~ Eric Hoffer - [Fear]
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