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In times of change learners inherit the earth;
by 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Youth itself is a talent, a perishable talent.
- 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

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

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

Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself.
- 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 suspicious mind believes more than it doubts.
It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.
- Eric Hoffer

Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.
- 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

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

It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which
we are influenced by those we influence.
- 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

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

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

Facts are counterrevolutionary.
- 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

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

Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sometimes we feel the loss of a prejudice as a loss of vigor.
- 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 best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.
- 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

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

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


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