Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.

Eric Hoffer on rudeness
225

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 on change
124

People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.

Eric Hoffer on mistakes
54

Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.

Eric Hoffer on strength
34

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.

Eric Hoffer on happiness
20

We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.

Eric Hoffer on deceptionlying
19

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

Eric Hoffer on fear
18

To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.

Eric Hoffer on change
17

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

Eric Hoffer on kindness
16

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

Eric Hoffer on imitation
15

There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.

Eric Hoffer on freedom
14

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

Eric Hoffer on evil
13

About Eric Hoffer

Name Eric Hoffer
Quotes 194 quotes
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday July 25, 1902
About Eric Hoffer was an American social writer and philosopher. He produced ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983 by President of the United States Ronald Reagan.
Top topics people, life, world, action, weak

Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.

Eric Hoffer on propaganda
13

Our sense of power is more vivid when we break a man's spirit than when we win his heart.

Eric Hoffer on power
11

We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true; they ruin our dreams.

Eric Hoffer on dreams
11

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.

Eric Hoffer on ignorance
11

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

Eric Hoffer on identity
10

There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.

Eric Hoffer on marriage
10

Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners.

Eric Hoffer on sin
10

It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

Eric Hoffer on opportunity
10

Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.

Eric Hoffer on work
9

We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.

Eric Hoffer on absolutely
9

The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.

Eric Hoffer on freedom
8

Where everything is possible miracles become commonplaces, but the familiar ceases to be self-evident.

Eric Hoffer on science
8

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

Eric Hoffer on history
8

The beginning of thought is in disagreement -- not only with others but also with ourselves.

Eric Hoffer on dissent
8

The real antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity.

Eric Hoffer on mediocrity
7

We can remember minutely and precisely only the things which never really happened to us.

Eric Hoffer on remember
7

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

Eric Hoffer on neighbors
7

Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.

Eric Hoffer on ambition
6

Glory is largely a theatrical concept.

There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.

Eric Hoffer on glory
5

A man by himself is in bad company.

Eric Hoffer on solitude
5

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

Eric Hoffer on death
5

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

Eric Hoffer on belief
5

We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good.

We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.

Eric Hoffer on generalize
5

We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about.

Eric Hoffer on prejudice
5

There is always a chance that he who sets himself up as his brother's keeper will end up by being his jail-keeper.

Eric Hoffer on fellowship
5

Death has but one terror, that it has no tomorrow.

Eric Hoffer on death
5

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 on learning
5

Facts are counterrevolutionary.

Eric Hoffer on facts
5

The passion to get ahead is sometimes born of the fear lest we be left behind.

Eric Hoffer on passion
4

The self-styled intellectual who is impotent with pen and ink hungers to write history with sword and blood.

Eric Hoffer on books
4

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

Eric Hoffer on empty
4

Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others.

Eric Hoffer on retribution
4

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

Eric Hoffer on opportunity
4

The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.

Eric Hoffer on kindness
4

The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves.

It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.

Eric Hoffer on age
4

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

Eric Hoffer on discontent
4

The greatest weariness comes from work not done.

Eric Hoffer on discontent
4

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

Eric Hoffer on loneliness
3