Eric Hoffer


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  • ''It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 24 (1955).
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  • ''There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 1 (1955).
  • ''Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy—the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 264 (1955).
  • ''Take away hatred from some people, and you have men without faith.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 225 (1955).
  • ''You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aphorism 222 (1955).
  • ''There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 223 (1955).
  • ''There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 223 (1955).
  • ''Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. New York Times (July 21, 1969). On the first moon-landing.
  • ''When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 33 (1955). Hoffer adds, "A society which gives unlimited freedom to the individual, more often than not attains a disconcerting sameness. On the other hand, where communal discipline is strict but not ruthless ... originality is likely to thrive."
  • ''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 (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. "A Time of Juveniles," The Temper of Our Time (1967).

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