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Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains,
by Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children are the keys of paradise.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.
- 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

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

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

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

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.
- Eric Hoffer

Facts are counterrevolutionary.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives.
Kindness can become its own motive.
We are made kind by being kind.
- 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

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

The individual who has to justify his existence by
his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.
- 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 search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
- 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

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

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

Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.
- 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 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 by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.
- 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

Youth itself is a talent, a perishable talent.
- Eric Hoffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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