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.


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

Eric Hoffer

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.     

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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.     

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Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.     

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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.     

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

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It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression.     

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To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life. It not infrequently happens that those who hunger for hope give their allegiance to him who offers them a grievance.     

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Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners.     

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

Spiritual stagnation ensues when man's environment becomes unpredictable or when his inner life is made wholly predictable.     

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To a man utterly without a sense of belonging, mere life is all that matters. It is the only reality in an eternity of nothingness, and he clings to it with shameless despair.     

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There is no alienation that a little power will not cure.     

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We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails.     

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Crude absurdities, trivial nonsense, and sublime truths are equally potent in readying people for self-sacrifice if they are accepted as the sole, eternal truth.     

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Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we hav     

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There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.     

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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.      

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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.     

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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.     

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To overestimate the originality of one's thoughts is perhaps a less serious defect than being unaware of their newness. There is a more pronounced lack of sensitivity in underestimating (ourselves and others) than in overestimating.     

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There is no doubt that in exchanging a self-centered for a selfless life we gain enormously in self-esteem. The vanity of the selfless, even those who practice utmost humility, is boundless.     

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Those who are in love with the present can be cruel and corrupt but not genuinely vicious. They cannot be methodically and consistently ruthless.     

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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

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

To wrong those we hate is to add fuel to our hatred. Conversely, to treat an enemy with magnanimity is to blunt our hatred for him.     

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Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many.     

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Children are the keys of paradise.     

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

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

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