Eric Hoffer Quotes


83 Eric Hoffer quotes:



"The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets."
"Animals often strike us as passionate machines."
"There is probably an element of malice in our readiness to overestimate people - we are, as it were, laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size."
"We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails."
"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."
"To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are"
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Awareness Quotes
"It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny."
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"The only index by which to judge a government or a way of life is by the quality of the people it acts upon. No matter how noble the objectives of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion- it is an evil government."
"Friendship Never explain -- your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe it anyway. A real friend never gets in your way, unless you happen to be on the way down. A friend is someone you can do nothing with and enjoy it. However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. 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."
"However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. 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."
"Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Ignorance Quotes
"Naivete in grownups is often charming; but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Ignorance Quotes
"Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience."
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"It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence."
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"The intellectuals and the young, booted and spurred, feel themselves born to ride us"
"It is the individual only who is timeless. Societies, cultures, and civilizations --past and present --are often incomprehensible to outsiders, but the individual's hungers, anxieties, dreams, and preoccupations have remained unchanged through the millennia."
"The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do."
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"We need not only a purpose in life to give meaning to our existence but also something to give meaning to our suffering. We need as much something to suffer for as something to live for."
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"Add a few drops of venom to a half truth and you have an absolute truth"
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Truth Quotes
"When we believe ourselves in possession of the only truth, we are likely to be indifferent to common everyday truths."
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