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Eric Hoffer Quotes

Writer, Philosopher, Psychologist
Born On
1902-07-25
Died On
1983-05-21
Birth Place
New York City
Death Place
San Francisco
Birth Sign
leo
Father
Knut Hoffer
Mother
Elsa
Nationality
American

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

Eric Hoffer

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

A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor.

Eric Hoffer

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

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

A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.

Eric Hoffer

A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly, peaceful and pleasant, but perhaps without the seed of things to come.

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

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

A man by himself is in bad company.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

Children are the keys of paradise.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer