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Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer
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Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1902 – May 21, 1983) was an American social writer. He was the author of ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983. His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic, receiving critical acclaim from both scholars and laymen, although Hoffer believed that his book The Ordeal of Change was his finest work. In 2001, the Eric Hoffer Award was established in his honor with permission granted by the Eric Hoffer Estate in 2005. more »

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  • ''Naïveté in grownups is often charming; but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 269 (1955).
  • ''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 (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 211 (1955).
  • ''The chemistry of dissatisfaction is as the chemistry of some marvelously potent tar. In it are the building stones of explosives, stimulants, poisons, opiates, perfumes and stenches.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 14 (1955).
  • ''It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 167 (1955).
  • ''The wisdom of others remains dull till it is writ over with our own blood. We are essentially apart from the world; it bursts into our consciousness only when it sinks its teeth and nails into us.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 188 (1955).
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