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

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

Related topics: Power

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

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

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

 

We have rudiments of reverence for the human body,
but we consider as nothing the rape of the human mind.
- Eric Hoffer

There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves.
The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly,
peaceful and pleasant, but perhaps without the seed of things to come.
- Eric Hoffer

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

The beginning of thought is in disagreement -
not only with others but also with ourselves.
- 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

When people are free to do as they please,
they usually imitate each other.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It still holds true that man is most uniquely human
when he turns obstacles into opportunities.
- Eric Hoffer

The world leans on us.
When we sag, the whole world seems to droop.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children are the keys of paradise.
- Eric Hoffer

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

Take away hatred from some people, and you have men without faith.
- Eric Hoffer

It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives
a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.
- Eric Hoffer

We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good.
We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.
- 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 fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are no chaste minds.
Minds copulate wherever they meet.
- Eric Hoffer

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

You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.
- Eric Hoffer


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