Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer

American writer

Lived from: 1902-1983

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Eric Hoffer

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    To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question.
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    To the excessively fearful the chief characteristic of power is its arbitrariness. Man had to gain enormously in confidence before he could conceive an all-powerful God who obeys his own laws.
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    To the old, the new is usually bad news.
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    We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails.
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    We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about.
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    We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.
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    We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
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    We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true; they ruin our dreams.
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    We find it hard to apply the knowledge of ourselves to our judgment of others. The fact that we are never of one kind, that we never love without reservations and never hate with all our being cannot prevent us from seeing others as wholly black or white.
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    We have perhaps a natural fear of ends. We would rather be always on the way than arrive. Given the means, we hang on to them and often forget the ends.
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    We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.
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    We need not only a purpose in life to give meaning to our existence but also something to give meaning to our suffering. We need as much something to suffer for as something to live for.
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    We never say so much as when we do not quite know what we want to say. We need few words when we have something to say, but all the words in all the dictionaries will not suffice when we have nothing to say and want desperately to say it.
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    We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution.
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    What greater reassurance can the weak have than that they are like anyone else?