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

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

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

The game of history is usually played by the best and
the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride,
can be a substitute for self-respect.
- 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 world leans on us.
When we sag, the whole world seems to droop.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Animals often strike us as passionate machines.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
- 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

The best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully.
- Eric Hoffer

Children are the keys of paradise.
- Eric Hoffer

Facts are counterrevolutionary.
- Eric Hoffer


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