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.

To be aware how fruitful the playful mood can be is to be immune to the propaganda of the alienated, which extols resentment as fuel of achievement. Eric Hoffer
Intolerance is the 'Do Not Touch' sign on something that cannot bear touching. We do not mind having our hair ruffled, but we will not tolerate any familiarity with the toupee which covers our baldness. Eric Hoffer
If the Communists win Europe and a large part of the world, it will not be because they know how to stir up discontent or how to infect people with hatred, but because they know how to preach hope. Eric Hoffer
Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself. Eric Hoffer
People haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both. Eric Hoffer
People haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both. 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
It is always safe to assume that people are more subtle and less sensitive than they seem. Eric Hoffer
The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person. Eric Hoffer
The most gifted members of the human species are at their creative best when they cannot have their way. Eric Hoffer
The true believer, no matter how rowdy and violent his acts, is basically an obedient and submissive person. Eric Hoffer
Commitment becomes hysterical when those who have nothing to give advocate generosity, and those who have nothing to give up preach renunciation. Eric Hoffer
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. Eric Hoffer
Thought is a process of exaggeration. The refusal to exaggerate is not infrequently an alibi for the disinclination to think or praise. Eric Hoffer
Youth itself is a talent, a perishable talent. Eric Hoffer
Youth itself is a talent, a perishable talent. Eric Hoffer
Nature attains perfection, but man never does. Eric Hoffer
It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence. Eric Hoffer
No matter how noble the objectives of a government. If it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion, it is an evil government. Eric Hoffer
It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it. Eric Hoffer
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. Eric Hoffer
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. Eric Hoffer
Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us. 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
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. Eric Hoffer
Creativity is discontent translated into arts. Eric Hoffer
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
The hardest thing to cope with is not selfishness or vanity or deceitfulness, but sheer stupidity. Eric Hoffer
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. Eric Hoffer
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. Eric Hoffer