Eric Hoffer Quotes

83 Eric Hoffer quotes:

"You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you."
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"Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power."
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"The passion to get ahead is sometimes born of the fear lest we be left behind"
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"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."
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"The birth of the new constitutes a crisis, and its mastery calls for a crude and simple cast of mind -- the mind of a fighter -- in which the virtues of tribal cohesion and fierceness and infantile credulity and malleability are paramount. Thus every new beginning recapitulates in some degree man's first beginning."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Birth Quotes Novelty Quotes
"Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity."
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"It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents."
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"Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are."
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"It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak."
"What greater reassurance can the weak have than that they are like anyone else?"
"It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression."
"The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness."
"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."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: American Writer Quotes Uniqueness Quotes
"Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem."
"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."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: American Writer Quotes Frustration Quotes
"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."
"The misery of a child is interesting to a mother, the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman, the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: American Writer Quotes Misery Quotes
"There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive."
"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."
"Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves."

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