261 Total Quotes

Eric Hoffer Quotes

Eric Hoffer
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.
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#Ability #Failure

Eric Hoffer
There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.
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#American Writer

Eric Hoffer
Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunities for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults.
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#Adolescence

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The chemistry of dissatisfaction is as the chemistry of some marvelously potent tar. In it are the building stones of explosives, stimulants, poisons, opiates, perfumes and stenches.
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#Dissatisfaction

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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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#Belief #Cheating

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The superficiality of the American is the result of his hustling. It needs leisure to think things out; it needs leisure to mature. People in a hurry cannot think, cannot grow, nor can they decay. They are preserved in a state of perpetual puerility.
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#America #Haste

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Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.
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#American Writer #People

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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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#American Writer #God

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What greater reassurance can the weak have than that they are like anyone else?
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#American Writer

Eric Hoffer
More significant than the fact that poets write abstrusely, painters paint abstractly, and composers compose unintelligible music is that people should admire what they cannot understand; indeed, admire that which has no meaning or principle.
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#Obscurity #Composers

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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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#American Writer #Majority

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Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
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#American Writer #Imitation

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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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#American Writer #America

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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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#American Writer #Eyes

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There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.
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#American Writer #Living

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Crude absurdities, trivial nonsense, and sublime truths are equally potent in readying people for self-sacrifice if they are accepted as the sole, eternal truth
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#Nonsense

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Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect.
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#American Writer #Pride

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The unpredictability inherent in human affairs is due largely to the fact that the by-products of a human process are more fateful than the product.
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#Prediction