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We all have private ails.
by Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic
between good and evil proceeding within us.
- 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 greatest weariness comes from work not done.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.
- 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 actual suffering but the taste of better
things which excites people to revolt.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Youth itself is a talent, a perishable talent.
- 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

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 lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.
- Eric Hoffer

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

Animals often strike us as passionate machines.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything.
- 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 best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully.
- Eric Hoffer

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


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