Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer

American writer

Lived from: 1902-1983

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Eric Hoffer

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    The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop.
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    There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet.
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    There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
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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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    There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.
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    There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.
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    There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his.
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    There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.
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    Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
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    Though dissenters seem to question everything in sight, they are actually bundles of dusty answers and never conceived a new question. What offends us most in the literature of dissent is the lack of hesitation and wonder.
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    Thought is a process of exaggeration. The refusal to exaggerate is not infrequently an alibi for the disinclination to think or praise.
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    To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.
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    To grow old is to grow common. Old age equalizes, we are aware that what is happening to us has happened to untold numbers from the beginning of time. When we are young we act as if we were the first young people in the world.
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    To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life.
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    To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.