Quotes of Eric Hoffer

“ The nature of society is largely determined by the direction in which talent and ambition flow-by the tilt of the social landscape. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ We can remember minutely and precisely only the things which never really happened to us. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ There is probably an element of malice in our readiness to overestimate people - we are, as it were, laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ There are similarities between absolute power and absolute faith: a demand for absolute obedience, a readiness to attempt the impossible, a bias for simple solutionsto cut the knot rather than unravel it, the viewing of compromise as surrender. Both absolute power and absolute faith are instruments of dehumanization. Hence, absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ It is a sign of a creeping inner death when we no longer can praise the living. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ The nature of society is largely determined by the direction in which talent and ambition flow-by the tilt of the social landscape. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ Our great weariness comes from work not done. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ Children are the keys of paradise. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ Children are the keys of paradise. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ There is always a chance that he who sets himself up as his brother’s keeper will end up by being his jail-keeper. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ Nothing so bolsters our self-confidence and reconciles us with ourselves as the continuous ability to create; to see things grow and develop under our hand, day in, day out. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ The compulsion to take ourselves seriously is in inverse proportion to our creative capacity. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ We feel free when we escape — even if it be but from the frying pan into the fire. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature. ”

- Eric Hoffer
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