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.


You accept certain unlovely things about yourself and manage to live with them. The atonement for such an acceptance is that you make allowances for others - that you cleanse yourself of the sin of self-righteousness.     

Eric Hoffer

The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is, rather, born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life.     

Eric Hoffer

The creative mind is the playful mind. Philosophy is the play and dance of ideas.     

Eric Hoffer

The Renaissance was a time of mercenary soldiers, ours is a time of mercenary labor.     

Eric Hoffer

The creative mind is the playful mind. Philosophy is the play and dance of ideas.     

Eric Hoffer

To be aware how fruitful the playful mood can be is to be immune to the propaganda of the alienated, which extols resentment as fuel of achievement.      

Eric Hoffer

Intolerance is the 'Do Not Touch' sign on something that cannot bear touching. We do not mind having our hair ruffled, but we will not tolerate any familiarity with the toupee which covers our baldness.     

Eric Hoffer

If the Communists win Europe and a large part of the world, it will not be because they know how to stir up discontent or how to infect people with hatred, but because they know how to preach hope.     

Eric Hoffer

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

Eric Hoffer

People haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both.     

Eric Hoffer

People haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both.     

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.     

Eric Hoffer

It is always safe to assume that people are more subtle and less sensitive than they seem.     

Eric Hoffer

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

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The most gifted members of the human species are at their creative best when they cannot have their way.     

Eric Hoffer

The true believer, no matter how rowdy and violent his acts, is basically an obedient and submissive person.     

Eric Hoffer

Commitment becomes hysterical when those who have nothing to give advocate generosity, and those who have nothing to give up preach renunciation.     

Eric Hoffer

Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.     

Eric Hoffer

Thought is a process of exaggeration. The refusal to exaggerate is not infrequently an alibi for the disinclination to think or praise.     

Eric Hoffer