Eric Hoffer Quotes

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Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
– Eric Hoffer

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We feel free when we escape – even if it be but from the frying pan into the fire.
– Eric Hoffer

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Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains.
– Eric Hoffer

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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.
– Eric Hoffer

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Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self respect.
– Eric Hoffer

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People in a hurry cannot think, cannot grow, nor can they decay. They are preserved in a state of perpetual puerility.
– Eric Hoffer

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Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.
– Eric Hoffer

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Naivete in grownups is often charming; but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity.
– Eric Hoffer

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Thought is a process of exaggeration. The refusal to exaggerate is not infrequently an alibi for the disinclination to think or praise.
– Eric Hoffer

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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.
– Eric Hoffer

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We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true; they ruin our dreams.
– Eric Hoffer

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Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.
– Eric Hoffer

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The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
– Eric Hoffer

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You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy.
– Eric Hoffer

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When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored.
– Eric Hoffer

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The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
-Eric Hoffer

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It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression.
– Eric Hoffer

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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.
– Eric Hoffer

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Successful action tends to become an end in itself.
– Eric Hoffer

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When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
– Eric Hoffer

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It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is true of men as of dogs.
– Eric Hoffer

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