Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer

American writer

Lived from: 1902-1983

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Eric Hoffer

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    The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.
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    The main effect of a real revolution is perhaps that it sweeps away those who do not know how to wish, and brings to the front men with insatiable appetites for action, power and all that the world has to offer.
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    The necessary has never been man's top priority. The passionate pursuit of the nonessential and the extravagant is one of the chief traits of human uniqueness. Unlike other forms of life, man's greatest exertions are made in the pursuit not of necessities but of superfluities.
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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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    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.
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    The real antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity.
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    The real persuaders are our appetites, our fears and above all our vanity. The skillful propagandist stirs and coaches these internal persuaders.
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    The remarkable thing is that it is the crowded life that is most easily remembered. A life full of turns, achievements, disappointments, surprises, and crises is a life full of landmarks. The empty life has even its few details blurred, and cannot be remembered with certainty.
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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.
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    The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
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    The self-styled intellectual who is impotent with pen and ink hungers to write history with sword and blood.
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    The superficiality of the American is the result of his hustling. It needs leisure to think things out; it needs leisure to mature. People in a hurry cannot think, cannot grow, nor can they decay. They are preserved in a state of perpetual puerility.
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    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 unpredictability inherent in human affairs is due largely to the fact that the by-products of a human process are more fateful than the product.
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    The wisdom of others remains dull till it is writ over with our own blood. We are essentially apart from the world; it bursts into our consciousness only when it sinks its teeth and nails into us.