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268 Famous Quotes by Eric Hoffer
7/25/1902 - 5/21/1983
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Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some. We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than when we seem to lack but one thing.

Frustration Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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The game of History is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of thr majority in the middle.

History Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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How frighteningly few are the persons whose death would spoil our appetite and make the world seem empty.

Death Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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Language was invented to ask questions. Answers may be given by grunts and gestures, but questions must be spoken. Humanness came of age when man asked the first question. Social stagnation results not from a lack of answers but from the absence of the impulse to ask questions.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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Lack of sensitivity is perhaps basically an unawareness of ourselves.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.

Work Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.

Hatred Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.

Negativity Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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The technique of a mass movement aims to infect people with a malady and then offer the movement as a cure.

Society Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

Enemies Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.

Malice Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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It is easier to love humanity than to love one's neighbor.

Brotherhood Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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The most gifted members of the human species are at their creative best when they cannot have their way, and must compensate for what they miss by realizing and cultivating their capacities and talents.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains

Mountains Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.

Power Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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What greater reassurance can the weak have than that they are like anyone else?

Reassurance Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength

Rudeness Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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Crude absurdities, trivial nonsense, and sublime truths are equally potent in readying people for self-sacrifice if they are accepted as the sole, eternal truth

Self-sacrifice Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents.

Uniqueness Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.

Leaders Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life.

Resentment Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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It is a talent of the weak to persuade themselves that they suffer for something when they suffer from something; that they are showing the way when they are running away; that they see the light when they feel the heat; that they are chosen when they are shunned.

Weakness Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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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.

Age Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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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.

Exaggeration Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.

Fatigue Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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