Eric Hoffer


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  • ''It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aphorism 130 (1955).
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  • ''The prehuman creature from which man evolved was unlike any other living thing in its malicious viciousness toward its own kind.... Humanization was not a leap forward but a groping toward survival.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aphorism 19 (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."
  • ''Animals often strike us as passionate machines.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aphorism 7 (1973).
  • ''Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 12 (1955).
  • ''Where everything is possible miracles become commonplaces, but the familiar ceases to be self-evident.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 228 (1955).
  • ''People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 141 (1973).
  • ''The beginning of thought is in disagreement—not only with others but also with ouselves.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 266 (1955).
  • ''It is the individual only who is timeless. Societies, cultures, and civilizations—past and present—are often incomprehensible to outsiders, but the individual's hungers, anxieties, dreams, and preoccupations have remained unchanged through the millennia.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 183 (1973).
  • ''When cowardice is made respectable, its followers are without number both from among the weak and the strong; it easily becomes a fashion.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 203 (1955).

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