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The genuine artist is as much a dissatisfied person as the revolutionary, yet how diametrically opposed are the products each distills from his dissatisfaction.
When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves.
- Eric Hoffer | Bores and Boredom Quotes
Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
It is thus with most of us; we are what other people say we are. We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay.
It is a perplexing and unpleasant truth that when men already have 'something worth fighting for', they do not feel like fighting.
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
- Eric Hoffer | Enemies Quotes
Many of the insights of the saint stem from his experience as a sinner.
- Eric Hoffer | Experience Quotes
Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear. Thus a feeling of utter unworthiness can be a source of courage.
- Eric Hoffer | Fear Quotes
Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.
- Eric Hoffer | Hatred Quotes
The game of History is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.
We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true; they ruin our dreams.
- Eric Hoffer | Hope Quotes
It is always safe to assume that people are more subtle and less sensitive than they seem.
- Eric Hoffer | Human Relations Quotes
When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
- Eric Hoffer | Imitation Quotes
There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.
There is a radicalism in all getting, and a conservatism in all keeping. Lovemaking is radical, while marriage is conservative.
- Eric Hoffer | Marriage Quotes
When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. Originality is deliberate and forced, and partakes of the nature of a protest.
- Eric Hoffer | Originality Quotes
It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn.
- Eric Hoffer | Parenthood Quotes
People in a hurry cannot think, cannot grow, nor can they decay. They are preserved in a state of perpetual puerility.
- Eric Hoffer | Patience Quotes
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
The poor on the borderline of starvation live purposeful lives. To be engaged in a desperate struggle for food and shelter is to be wholly free from a sense of futility.
- Eric Hoffer | Poverty Quotes
Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many.
- Eric Hoffer | Power Quotes
Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.
Not actual suffering but the hope of better things incites people to revolt.
Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
- Eric Hoffer | Acceptance Quotes
We are made kind by being kind.
Faith is primarily a process of identification; the process by which the individual ceases to be himself and becomes part of something eternal.
- Eric Hoffer | Faith and Unity Quotes
To believe that if only we had this or that we would be happy, or to pursue any excessive desire, diverts us from seeing that happiness depends on an adequate self.
- Eric Hoffer | Self-Reliance Quotes
Fair play with others is primarily not blaming them for anything that is wrong with us.
- Eric Hoffer | Self-Reliance Quotes
A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is, but often prompts us to rearrange the past.
- Eric Hoffer | The Present Quotes
When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored.
- Eric Hoffer | Boring Days Quotes
We are made kind by being kind.
- Eric Hoffer | Positive Quotes
However much we guard against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us.
- Eric Hoffer | Positive Quotes
It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate.
- Eric Hoffer | Hope Quotes
When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
- Eric Hoffer | Role Models Quotes
Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
Even in slight things the experience of the new is rarely without some stirring of foreboding.
To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life.
- Eric Hoffer | Motivation Quotes
The passion to get ahead is sometimes born of the fear lest we be left behind.
- Eric Hoffer | Motivation Quotes
Fear is uncertainty.
We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.
We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
- Eric Hoffer | Opportunity Quotes
It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression.
Treasure the memories of past misfortunes; they constitute our bank of fortitude.
- Eric Hoffer | Adversity Quotes
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.
- Eric Hoffer | Creativity Quotes
Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
- Eric Hoffer | Crisis Quotes
It is always safe to assume that people are more subtle and less sensitive than they seem.
- Eric Hoffer | Relationship Quotes
It is always safe to assume that people are more subtle and less sensitive than they seem.
- Eric Hoffer | Relationship Quotes
It is always safe to assume that people are more subtle and less sensitive than they seem.
- Eric Hoffer | Relationship Quotes
It is always safe to assume that people are more subtle and less sensitive than they seem.
- Eric Hoffer | Relationship Quotes
It is always safe to assume that people are more subtle and less sensitive than they seem.
- Eric Hoffer | Relationship Quotes
It is always safe to assume that people are more subtle and less sensitive than they seem.
- Eric Hoffer | Relationship Quotes
It is always safe to assume that people are more subtle and less sensitive than they seem.
- Eric Hoffer | Relationship Quotes
It is always safe to assume that people are more subtle and less sensitive than they seem.
- Eric Hoffer | Relationship Quotes


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