Eric Hoffer Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Eric Hoffer quotes and Eric Hoffer sayings, and Eric Hoffer proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"How frighteningly few are the persons whose death would spoil our appetite and make the world seem empty."

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

"t sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents."

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

"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."

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

"A soul that is reluctant to share does not as a rule have much of its own. Miserliness is here a symptom of meagerness."

"The best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully."

"A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people’s business."

"Old age equalizes — we are aware that what is happening to us has happened to untold numbers from the beginning of time. When we are young we act as if we were the first young people in the world."

"The self-styled intellectual who is impotent with pen and ink hungers to write history with sword and blood."

"You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you."

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

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

"When we are in competition with ourselves, and match our todays against our yesterdays, we derive encouragement from past misfortunes and blemishes. Moreover, the competition with ourselves leaves unimpaired our benevolence toward our fellow men."

"To know a person’s religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance."

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

"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings."

"Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength."

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

"Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some. We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than when we seem to lack but one thing."

"The necessary has never been man s top priority.The passionate pursuit of the nonessential and the extravagant is one of the chief traits of human uniqueness."

"For many people, an excuse is better than an achievement because an achievement, no matter how great, leaves you having to prove yourself again in the future, but an excuse can last for life."

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

"An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head."

"Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy – the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation."

"Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something."

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

"Children are the keys of paradise."

"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."

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