Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quotes

  • ''Sensuality reconciles us with the human race. The misanthropy of the old is due in large part to the fading of the magic glow of desire.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 138 (1973).
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  • ''Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 260 (1955).
  • ''Capitalism is at its liberating best in a noncapitalist environment. The crypto-businessman is the true revolutionary in a Communist country.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 73 (1973).
  • ''Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 38 (1955).
  • ''A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 40 (1973).
  • ''It is a sign of creeping inner death when we can no longer praise the living.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 147 (1973).
  • ''One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action—the ability to pass directly from thought to action.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aphorism 63 (1973).
  • ''It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 27 (1973).
  • ''There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 142 (1973).
  • ''In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.''
    Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 32 (1932, repr. 1973). This passage was used as the epigraph in A.E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway (1955).

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