Eric Hoffer Quotes

83 Eric Hoffer quotes:

"The wisdom of others remains dull till it is writ over with our own blood. We are essentially apart from the world; it bursts into our consciousness only when it sinks its teeth and nails into us."
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"Nature is a self-made machine, more perfectly automated than any automated machine. To create something in the image of nature is to create a machine, and it was by learning the inner working of nature that man became a builder of machines."
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"It is part of the formidableness of a genuine mass movement that the self-sacrifice it promotes includes also a sacrifice of some of the moral sense which cramps and restrains our nature."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Morality Quotes
"The main effect of a real revolution is perhaps that it sweeps away those who do not know how to wish, and brings to the front men with insatiable appetites for action, power and all that the world has to offer."
"The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves."
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"There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Living Quotes
"Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible"
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"A soul that is reluctant to share does not as a rule have much of its own. Miserliness is here a symptom of meagerness."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Soul Quotes Misers And Misery Quotes
"Youth itself is a talent / a perishable talent."
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"It is a talent of the weak to persuade themselves that they suffer for something when they suffer from something; that they are showing the way when they are running away; that they see the light when they feel the heat; that they are chosen when they are shunned."
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"A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time."
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"Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership."
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"We find it hard to apply the knowledge of ourselves to our judgment of others. The fact that we are never of one kind, that we never love without reservations and never hate with all our being cannot prevent us from seeing others as wholly black or white."
"We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves."
"To the intellectual, America's unforgivable sin is that it has revolutions without revolutionaries, and achieves the momentous in a matter-of-fact way"
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"A successful social technique consists perhaps in finding unobjectionable means for individual self-assertion."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Self Quotes Socializing And Socialism Quotes
"The short-lived self, teetering on the edge of extinction, is the only thing that can ever really matter"
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"It is also plausible that those movements with the greatest inner contradiction between profession and practice-that is to say with a strong feeling of guilt-are likely to be the most fervent in imposing their faith on others"
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Practice Quotes
"Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect."
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"Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind."
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