Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer

American writer

Lived from: 1902-1983

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Eric Hoffer

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    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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    It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.
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    It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.
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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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    It is the individual only who is timeless. Societies, cultures, and civilizations - past and present - are often incomprehensible to outsiders, but the individual's hungers, anxieties, dreams, and preoccupations have remained unchanged through the millennia.
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    It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites - opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties. Where there is no polarity - where energies flow smoothly in one direction - there will be much doing but no music.
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    It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
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    It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.
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    It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence.
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    Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
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    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.
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    Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.
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    Man staggers through life yapped at by his reason, pulled and shoved by his appetites, whispered to by fears, beckoned by hopes. Small wonder that what he craves most is self-forgetting.
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    Man was nature's mistake - she neglected to finish him - and she has never ceased paying for her mistake.
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    Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners.