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.


t sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.     

Eric Hoffer

The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.     

Eric Hoffer

How frighteningly few are the persons whose death would spoil our appetite and make the world seem empty.     

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

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

Eric Hoffer

It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is true of men as of dogs.     

Eric Hoffer

Man is eminently a storyteller. His search for a purpose, a cause, an ideal, a mission and the like is largely a search for a plot and a pattern in the development of his life story -- a story that is basically without meaning or pattern.     

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

We are made kind by being kind.     

Eric Hoffer

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

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Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God some where in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from.     

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Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts.     

Eric Hoffer

Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.     

Eric Hoffer

The chemistry of dissatisfaction is as the chemistry of some marvelously potent tar. In it are the building stones of explosives, stimulants, poisons, opiates, perfumes and stenches.     

Eric Hoffer

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities but its own talents.     

Eric Hoffer

Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others.     

Eric Hoffer

The pre-human 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

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

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.     

Eric Hoffer

Capitalism is at its liberating best in a noncapitalist environment. The crypto-businessman is the true revolutionary in a Communist country.     

Eric Hoffer

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

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

Judgment consists not in seeing through deceptions and evil intentions, but in being able to awaken the decency dormant in every person.     

Eric Hoffer

Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.     

Eric Hoffer

Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience... The desire to escape or camouflage their unsatisfactory selves develops in the frustrated a facility for pretending -- for making a show -- and also a readiness to identify themselves wholly with an imposing spectacle.     

Eric Hoffer

The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.     

Eric Hoffer

Woe to him inside a non-conformist clique who does not conform to non-conformity.     

Eric Hoffer

To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question.     

Eric Hoffer

Men of thought seldom work well together, whereas between men of action there is usually an easy camaraderie.     

Eric Hoffer