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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is not actual suffering but the taste of better
things which excites people to revolt.
- 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

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

Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices
which played a crucial role in the ascent of man,
we usually reach the realm of play.
- Eric Hoffer

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

In times of change learners inherit the earth;
while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped
to deal with a world that no longer exists.
- Eric Hoffer

To become different from what we are,
we must have some awareness of what we are.
- Eric Hoffer

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

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans.
America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it.
- Eric Hoffer

Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself,
and yearns for the impossible.
- Eric Hoffer

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

What greater reassurance can the weak have than that
they are like anyone else?
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities.
But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates
not only its own opportunities,
but its own talents.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children are the keys of paradise.
- 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

When people are bored it is primarily with themselves.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future.
The learned usually find themselves equipped to live
in a world that no longer exists.
- Eric Hoffer

The individual who has to justify his existence by
his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.
- Eric Hoffer

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

Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us,
but our emptiness.
The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Eric Hoffer

Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good
habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.
- Eric Hoffer

Men weary as much of not doing the things they want
to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.
- 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

Youth itself is a talent, a perishable talent.
- 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

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.
- Eric Hoffer

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


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