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268 Famous Quotes by Eric Hoffer
7/25/1902 - 5/21/1983
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No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need people to bear witness against our inner judge, who keeps book on our shortcomings and transgressions. We need people to convince us that we are not as bad as we think we are.

All about the self Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything. - The Passionate State of the Mind, 1954.

Appearance 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.

Computer / technology / science Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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The greatest weariness comes from work not done.

Discontent Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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In a trader-dominated society, the scribe is usually kept out of the management of affairs, but it given a more or less free hand in the cultural field. By frustrating the scribe's craving for commanding action, the trader draws upon himself the scribe's wrath and scorn.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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When we are in competition with ourselves, and match our todays against our yesterdays, we derive encouragement from past misfortunes and blemishes. Moreover, the competition with ourselves leaves unimpaired our benevolence toward our fellow men.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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All mass movements avail themselves of action as a means of unification. The conflicts a mass movement seeks and incites serve not only to down its enemies but also to strip its followers of their distinct individuality and render them more soluble in the collective medium.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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The monstrous evils of the twentieth century have shown us that the greediest money grubbers are gentle doves compared with money-hating wolves like Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, who in less than three decades killed or maimed nearly a hundred million men, women, and children and brought untold suffering to a large portion of mankind.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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Every era has a currency that buys souls. In some the currency is pride, in others it is hope, in still others it is a holy cause. There are of course times when hard cash will buy souls, and the remarkable thing is that such times are marked by civility, tolerance, and the smooth working of everyday life.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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Whoever originated the cliche that money is the root of all evil knew hardly anything about the nature of evil and very little about human beings.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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Naivete in grownups is often charming; but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity.

Ignorance Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. -Eric Hoffer.

Kindness Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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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.

Men and women Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.

Negativity Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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

Negativity Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.

Negativity Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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

Negativity Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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When people are fee to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. Originality is deliberate and forced, and partakes of the nature of a protest.

Originality 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.

Perspective Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question.

Perspective 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.

Perspective Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence.

Perspective Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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The individual's most vital need is to prove his worth, and this usually means an insatiable hunger for action. For it is only the few who can acquire a sense of worth by developing and employing their capacities and talents. The majority prove their worth by keeping busy.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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It is the fate of every great achievement to be pounced upon by pedants and imitators who drain it of life and turn it into an orthodoxy which stifles all stirrings of originality.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day: we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life. Moreover, when we have an alibi for not writing a book, painting a picture, and so on, we have an alibi for not writing the greatest book and not painting the greatest picture. Small wonder that the effort expended and the punishment endured in obtaining a good alibi often exceed the effort and grief requisite for the attainment of a most marked achievement.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Eric Hoffer

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