Eric Hoffer Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Eric Hoffer quotes, Eric Hoffer sayings, and Eric Hoffer proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. Eric Hoffer
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. Eric Hoffer
Sensuality reconciles us with the human race. The misanthropy of the old is due in large part to the fading of the magic glow of desire. Eric Hoffer
Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity. Eric Hoffer
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. Eric Hoffer
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
It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression. Eric Hoffer
Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners. Eric Hoffer
Sensuality reconciles us with the human race. The misanthropy of the old is due in large part to the fading of the magic glow of desire. Eric Hoffer
Spiritual stagnation ensues when man's environment becomes unpredictable or when his inner life is made wholly predictable. Eric Hoffer
To a man utterly without a sense of belonging, mere life is all that matters. It is the only reality in an eternity of nothingness, and he clings to it with shameless despair. Eric Hoffer
There is no alienation that a little power will not cure. Eric Hoffer
We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails. Eric Hoffer
Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we hav Eric Hoffer
There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive. Eric Hoffer
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. Eric Hoffer
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
We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys. Eric Hoffer
To overestimate the originality of one's thoughts is perhaps a less serious defect than being unaware of their newness. There is a more pronounced lack of sensitivity in underestimating (ourselves and others) than in overestimating. Eric Hoffer
There is no doubt that in exchanging a self-centered for a selfless life we gain enormously in self-esteem. The vanity of the selfless, even those who practice utmost humility, is boundless. Eric Hoffer
Those who are in love with the present can be cruel and corrupt but not genuinely vicious. They cannot be methodically and consistently ruthless. Eric Hoffer
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. Eric Hoffer
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. Eric Hoffer
To wrong those we hate is to add fuel to our hatred. Conversely, to treat an enemy with magnanimity is to blunt our hatred for him. Eric Hoffer
Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. Eric Hoffer
Children are the keys of paradise. Eric Hoffer
The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is, rather, born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. Eric Hoffer
The creative mind is the playful mind. Philosophy is the play and dance of ideas. Eric Hoffer
The Renaissance was a time of mercenary soldiers, ours is a time of mercenary labor. Eric Hoffer
The creative mind is the playful mind. Philosophy is the play and dance of ideas. Eric Hoffer