Facts about Eric Hoffer USA Flag

Summary

Eric Hoffer was a famous Writer from USA, who lived between July 25, 1902 and May 21, 1983.

Biography

Eric Hoffer was an American philosopher, social critic and author. His ideas he presented in ten books, his first, The True Believer, both by himself and by critics as his best and is considered important. In February 1983 he was honored by Ronald Reagan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Zodiac etc.

He is born under the zodiac leo, who is known for Ruling, Warmth, Generosity, Faithful, Initiative. Our collection contains 86 quotes who is written / told by Eric.

Related authors: Ronald Reagan

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Hoffer

Famous quotes by Eric Hoffer (86)


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"It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn"
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"Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from"
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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"
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"It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words"
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"With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves"
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"Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there"
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"Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something"
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"We feel free when we escape - even if it be but from the frying pan to the fire"
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"The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets"
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"It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents"
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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"
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"You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy"
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"We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand"
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"Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life"
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"Our sense of power is more vivid when we break a man's spirit than when we win his heart"
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"It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate"
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"Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem"
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"Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are"
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"Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice"
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"Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation"
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"Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature"
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"Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself"
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"Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless"
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"Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us"
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"Children are the keys of paradise"
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"Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership"
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"Call not that man wretched, who whatever ills he suffers, has a child to love"
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"Animals often strike us as passionate machines"
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"An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head"
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"Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat"
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"A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly, peaceful and pleasant, but perhaps without the seed of things to come"
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"A man by himself is in bad company"
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"A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor"
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"A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed"
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"A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time"
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"A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority"
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"Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains"
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"Where everything is possible miracles become commonplaces, but the familiar ceases to be self-evident"
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"Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices which played a crucial role in the ascent of man, we usually reach the realm of play"
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"When we believe ourselves in possession of the only truth, we are likely to be indifferent to common everyday truths"
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"When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other"
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"When people are bored it is primarily with themselves"
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"When cowardice is made respectable, its followers are without number both from among the weak and the strong; it easily becomes a fashion"
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"What greater reassurance can the weak have than that they are like anyone else?"
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"We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution"
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"We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves"
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"To the old, the new is usually bad news"
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"To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question"
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"To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance"
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"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"
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"I hang onto my prejudices, they are the testicles of my mind"
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"Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know"
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"Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for lost faith in ourselves"
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"Facts are counterrevolutionary"
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"To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are"
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"Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true"
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"There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other"
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"There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his"
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"There is probably an element of malice in our readiness to overestimate people - we are, as it were, laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size"
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"There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house"
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"There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive"
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"The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist"
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"The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself"
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"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings"
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"The greatest weariness comes from work not done"
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"The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle"
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"The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything"
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"The best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully"
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"The beginning of thought is in disagreement - not only with others but also with ourselves"
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"Take away hatred from some people, and you have men without faith"
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"Sometimes we feel the loss of a prejudice as a loss of vigor"
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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"
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"One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action - the ability to pass directly from thought to action"
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"Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect"
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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"
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"Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners"
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"Man was nature's mistake she neglected to finish him and she has never ceased paying for her mistake"
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"Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible"
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"Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind"
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"It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence"
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"It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities"
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"It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor"
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"It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak"
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"It is a sign of creeping inner death when we can no longer praise the living"
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"It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it"
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"In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists"


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