Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quotes

  • ''Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 221 (1955).
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  • ''It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 27 (1973).
  • ''Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aphorism 25 (1955).
  • ''Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern with the quality of results than with the purity of motives.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 25 (1973).
  • ''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."
  • ''Sometimes we feel the loss of a prejudice as a loss of vigor.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 166 (1973).
  • ''Facts are counterrevolutionary.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 73 (1955).
  • ''We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 43 (1973).
  • ''Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 78 (1955).
  • ''The history of this country was made largely by people who wanted to be left alone. Those who could not thrive when left to themselves never felt at ease in America.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 53 (1973).

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