Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer

American writer

Lived from: 1902-1983

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Eric Hoffer

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    People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.
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    Perhaps our originality manifests itself most strikingly in what we do with that which we did not originate. To discover something wholly new can be a matter of chance, of idle tinkering, or even of the chronic dissatisfaction of the untalented.
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    Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.
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    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
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    Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors; they can be smelled.
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    Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern with the quality of results than with the purity of motives.
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    Sometimes we feel the loss of a prejudice as a loss of vigor.
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    That which corrodes the souls of the persecuted is the monstrous inner agreement with the prevailing prejudice against them.
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    The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.
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    The beginning of thought is in disagreement - not only with others but also with ourselves.
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    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.
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    The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.
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    The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.
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    The greatest weariness comes from work not done.
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    The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.