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When cowardice is made respectable, its followers are
by Eric Hoffer

When cowardice is made respectable, its followers are
without number both from among the weak and the strong;
it easily becomes a fashion.
- Eric Hoffer

The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.
- Eric Hoffer

Our sense of power is more vivid when we break a man's
spirit than when we win his heart.
- Eric Hoffer

It is when power is wedded to chronic fear
that it becomes formidable.
- Eric Hoffer

 

Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right.
He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.
- Eric Hoffer

To know a person's religion we need not listen to his
profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.
- Eric Hoffer

Animals often strike us as passionate machines.
- Eric Hoffer

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

To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question.
- Eric Hoffer

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

Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself.
- Eric Hoffer

Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.
- Eric Hoffer

It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.
- Eric Hoffer

We have perhaps a natural fear of ends.
We would rather be always on the way than arrive.
Given the means, we hang on to them and often forget the ends.
- Eric Hoffer

When we believe ourselves in possession of the only truth,
we are likely to be indifferent to common everyday truths.
- Eric Hoffer

Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous.
- Eric Hoffer

The real Antichrist is he who turns the wine of an
original idea into the water of mediocrity.
- Eric Hoffer

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.
- Eric Hoffer

The greatest weariness comes from work not done.
- Eric Hoffer

Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is
what we do not want to know.
- Eric Hoffer

We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true;
they ruin our dreams.
- Eric Hoffer

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.
- Eric Hoffer

There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure.
The failure is a stranger in his own house.
- Eric Hoffer

Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors;
they can be smelled.
- Eric Hoffer

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

We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.
- Eric Hoffer

Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride,
can be a substitute for self-respect.
- Eric Hoffer

It is a sign of creeping inner death when we can no
longer praise the living.
- Eric Hoffer

There is sublime thieving in all giving.
Someone gives us all he has and we are his.
- Eric Hoffer

I hang onto my prejudices, they are the testicles of my mind.
- Eric Hoffer

Youth itself is a talent, a perishable talent.
- Eric Hoffer

It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives.
Kindness can become its own motive.
We are made kind by being kind.
- Eric Hoffer

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.
- Eric Hoffer

With some people solitariness is an escape not from
others but from themselves.
For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.
- Eric Hoffer

It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action,
while the distant hope acts as an opiate.
- Eric Hoffer

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.
- Eric Hoffer

Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners.
- Eric Hoffer

Kindness can become its own motive.
We are made kind by being kind.
- Eric Hoffer

Man was nature's mistake she neglected to finish him
and she has never ceased paying for her mistake.
- Eric Hoffer

A man by himself is in bad company.
- Eric Hoffer

It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which
we are influenced by those we influence.
- Eric Hoffer

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.
- Eric Hoffer

We all have private ails.
The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails.
- Eric Hoffer

Those in possession of absolute power can not only
prophesy and make their prophecies come true,
but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
- 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

The weakness of a soul is proportionate to the number
of truths that must be kept from it.
- Eric Hoffer

It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands,
new undertakings, and new forms of expression.
- Eric Hoffer

Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains,
there is no need for the faith that moves mountains.
- Eric Hoffer

People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick
the boot that kicks them.
- Eric Hoffer

Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a
substitute for lost faith in ourselves.
- Eric Hoffer

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables
us to count our blessings.
- Eric Hoffer

Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
- Eric Hoffer

Call not that man wretched, who whatever ills he suffers,
has a child to love.
- Eric Hoffer

There would be no society if living together depended
upon understanding each other.
- Eric Hoffer

Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern
with the quality of results than with the purity of motives.
- Eric Hoffer

We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the
things we are most vehement about.
- Eric Hoffer

The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts.
It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.
- Eric Hoffer

We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change.
Actually it is the other way around:
change prepares the ground for revolution.
- Eric Hoffer

The leader has to be practical and a realist,
yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
- Eric Hoffer

It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor.
- Eric Hoffer

Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps
them to deceive themselves.
- Eric Hoffer

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

A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.
- Eric Hoffer

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

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
- Eric Hoffer

Sometimes we feel the loss of a prejudice as a loss of vigor.
- Eric Hoffer

It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy
teaching us that they have no time left to learn.
- Eric Hoffer

It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not
only its own opportunities,
but its own talents.
- Eric Hoffer

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

One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the
ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action -
the ability to pass directly from thought to action.
- Eric Hoffer

Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.
- Eric Hoffer


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