Eric Hoffer


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  • ''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."
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  • ''Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aphorism 217 (1955).
  • ''Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. New York Times (July 21, 1969).
  • ''The main effect of a real revolution is perhaps that it sweeps away those who do not know how to wish, and brings to the front men with insatiable appetites for action, power and all that the world has to offer.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 23 (1955).
  • ''The unpredictability inherent in human affairs is due largely to the fact that the by-products of a human process are more fateful than the product.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 122 (1973).
  • ''Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors; they can be smelled.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 246 (1955).
  • ''Though dissenters seem to question everything in sight, they are actually bundles of dusty answers and never conceived a new question. What offends us most in the literature of dissent is the lack of hesitation and wonder.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 49 (1973).
  • ''A successful social technique consists perhaps in finding unobjectionable means for individual self-assertion.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 26 (1955).
  • ''The real antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 109 (1973).
  • ''A soul that is reluctant to share does not as a rule have much of its own. Miserliness is here a symptom of meagerness.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 132 (1955).

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