Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''Youth itself is a talent—a perishable talent.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 32 (1955).
  • ''To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 220 (1955).
  • ''There is always a chance that he who sets himself up as his brother's keeper will end up by being his jailkeeper.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 106 (1955).
  • ''To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 215 (1955).
  • ''The weakness of a soul is proportionate to the number of truths that must be kept from it.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 61 (1955).
  • ''The real persuaders are our appetites, our fears and above all our vanity. The skillful propagandist stirs and coaches these internal persuaders.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 218 (1955).

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