Eric Hoffer Quotes (84 quotations)

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1. A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly, peaceful and pleasant, but perhaps without the seed of things to come. - Eric Hoffer

2. A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past. - Eric Hoffer

3. Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power. - Eric Hoffer

4. Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat. - Eric Hoffer

5. All leaders strive to turn their followers into children. - Eric Hoffer

6. Call not that man wretched, who whatever ills he suffers, has a child to love. - Eric Hoffer

7. Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership. - Eric Hoffer

8. Children are the keys of paradise. - Eric Hoffer

9. Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us. - Eric Hoffer

10. Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself. - Eric Hoffer

11. Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature. - Eric Hoffer

12. Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are. - Eric Hoffer

13. Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know. - Eric Hoffer

14. He who has nothing and wants something is less frustrated than he who has something and wants more. - Eric Hoffer

15. However much we talk of the inexorable laws governing the life of individuals and of societies, we remain at the bottom convinced that in human affairs everything in more or less fortuitous. We do not even believe in the inevitability of our own death. Hence the difficulty of deciphering the present, of detecting the seeds of things to come as they germinate before our eyes. We are not attuned to seeing the inevitable. - Eric Hoffer

16. I hang onto my prejudices, they are the testicles of my mind. - Eric Hoffer

17. In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. - Eric Hoffer

18. In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. - Eric Hoffer

19. It is a sign of a creeping inner death when we no longer can praise the living. - Eric Hoffer

20. It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak. - Eric Hoffer

21. It is easier to love humanity as a whole that to love one's neighbor. - Eric Hoffer

22. It is easier to love humanity... than one's neighbor. - Eric Hoffer

23. It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate. - Eric Hoffer

24. It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn. - Eric Hoffer

25. It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable. - Eric Hoffer

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