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Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy -- the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.

ERIC HOFFER, The Passionate State of Mind

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

ERIC HOFFER, Power Quotes to Energize Your Life

Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many.

ERIC HOFFER, The Passionate State of Mind

Nature has no compassion. Nature accepts no excuses and the only punishment it knows is death.

ERIC HOFFER, Reflections on the Human Condition

Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.

ERIC HOFFER, The Passionate State of Mind: And Other Aphorisms

The difficult and risky task of meeting and mastering the new--whether it be the settlement of new lands or the initiation of new ways of life--is not undertaken by the vanguard of society but by its rear. It is the misfits, failures, fugitives, outcasts and their like who are among the first to grapple with the new.

ERIC HOFFER, The Passionate State of Mind

Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors; they can be smelled.

ERIC HOFFER, The Passionate State of Mind

We take for granted the need to escape the self. Yet the self can also be a refuge. In totalitarian countries the great hunger is for private life. Absorption in the minutiae of an individual existence is the only refuge from the apocalyptic madhouse staged by maniacal saviors of humanity.

ERIC HOFFER, Reflections on the Human Condition

The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.

ERIC HOFFER, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

ERIC HOFFER

It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is as true of men as of dogs.

ERIC HOFFER, "Thoughts of Eric Hoffer", The New York Times Magazine, Apr. 25, 1971

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.

ERIC HOFFER, The Passionate State of Mind

The nature of a society is largely determined by the direction in which talent and ambition flow--by the tilt of the social landscape.

ERIC HOFFER, The Temper of Our Time

The all-seeing eye of a totalitarian regime is usually the watchful eye of the next-door neighbor.

ERIC HOFFER, The Ordeal of Change

Rabid suspicion has nothing in it of skepticism. The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.

ERIC HOFFER, The Passionate State of Mind and Other Aphorisms

The impulse of power is to turn every variable into a constant, and give to commands the inexorableness and relentlessness of laws of nature. Hence absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep. The taint inherent in absolute power is not its inhumanity but its anti-humanity.

ERIC HOFFER, The Ordeal of Change

The fabulous effects ascribed to propaganda have no greater foundation in fact than the fall of the walls of Jericho ascribed to the blast of Joshua's trumpets.

ERIC HOFFER, The True Believer

It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.

ERIC HOFFER, Between the Devil and the Dragon

It is doubtful if the oppressed ever fight for freedom. They fight for pride and power -- power to oppress others. The oppressed want above all to imitate their oppressors; they want to retaliate.

ERIC HOFFER, The True Believer

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

ERIC HOFFER, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements


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