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Our sense of power is more vivid when we break a man's
by Eric Hoffer

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

Related topics: Power

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

We feel free when we escape - even if it be but from
the frying pan to the fire.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which
we are influenced by those we influence.
- 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 are least open to precise knowledge concerning the
things we are most vehement about.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

Where everything is possible miracles become commonplaces,
but the familiar ceases to be self-evident.
- 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

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

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

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

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

To the old, the new is usually bad news.
- Eric Hoffer

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

The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything.
- Eric Hoffer

To become different from what we are,
we must have some awareness of what we are.
- 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 grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.
- Eric Hoffer


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