Eric Hoffer Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Eric Hoffer quotes, Eric Hoffer sayings, and Eric Hoffer proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.     

Eric Hoffer

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

Children are the keys of paradise.

Eric Hoffer

Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.

Eric Hoffer

Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.     

Eric Hoffer

Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.     

Eric Hoffer

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.     

Eric Hoffer

The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.

Eric Hoffer

For many people, an excuse is better than an achievement because an achievement, no matter how great, leaves you having to prove yourself again in the future, but an excuse can last for life.     

Eric Hoffer

The necessary has never been man s top priority.The passionate pursuit of the nonessential and the extravagant is one of the chief traits of human uniqueness.     

Eric Hoffer

Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some. We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than when we seem to lack but one thing.     

Eric Hoffer

It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.

Eric Hoffer

Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself.

Eric Hoffer

To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.     

Eric Hoffer

When we are in competition with ourselves, and match our todays against our yesterdays, we derive encouragement from past misfortunes and blemishes. Moreover, the competition with ourselves leaves unimpaired our benevolence toward our fellow men.     

Eric Hoffer

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

Eric Hoffer

Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are.     

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

The self-styled intellectual who is impotent with pen and ink hungers to write history with sword and blood.     

Eric Hoffer

Old age equalizes -- we are aware that what is happening to us has happened to untold numbers from the beginning of time. When we are young we act as if we were the first young people in the world.

Eric Hoffer

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

A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business.

Eric Hoffer

The best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully.     

Eric Hoffer

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

Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.     

Eric Hoffer

Sometimes we feel the loss of a prejudice as a loss of vigor.

Eric Hoffer

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