Eric Hoffer


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  • ''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 (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aphorism 121 (1973).
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  • ''Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 13 (1973).
  • ''There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 143 (1973).
  • ''Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 36 (1973).
  • ''We need not only a purpose in life to give meaning to our existence but also something to give meaning to our suffering. We need as much something to suffer for as something to live for.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 153 (1973).
  • ''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 (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 13 (1973).
  • ''The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 150 (1973).
  • ''A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Ordeal of Change, ch. 5 (1964).
  • ''The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Ordeal of Change, ch. 5 (1964).
  • ''A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 276 (1955).

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