not logged in

Eric Hoffer Quotes

About Eric Hoffer

Life: 1898 - 1983

Country: us flag America

Profession: Philosopher;

Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1898 - May 21, 1983) was an American social philosopher. He produced ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983 by President of the United States Ronald Reagan. His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic, receiving critical acclaim from both scholars and laymen. This book, which he considered his best, established his reputation. He remained a successful writer for most of his remaining years.

more...

 

Quotations

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 opportunites 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.

~ Eric Hoffer

The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.

~ Eric Hoffer

It is easier to love humanity than to love one's neighbor.

~ Eric Hoffer

How frighteningly few are the persons whose death would spoil our appetite and make the world seem empty.

~ Eric Hoffer

The greatest weariness comes from work not done.

~ Eric Hoffer

The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.

~ Eric Hoffer

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.

~ Eric Hoffer

The game of History is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.

~ Eric Hoffer

The real Antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity.

~ Eric Hoffer

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

~ Eric Hoffer

People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.

~ Eric Hoffer

You cannot gage the intelligence of an American by talking with him.

~ Eric Hoffer

The revulsion from an unwanted self, and the impulse to forget it, mask it, slough it off and lose it, produce both a readiness to sacrifice the self and a willingness to dissolve it by losing one's individual distinctness in a compact collective whole.

~ Eric Hoffer
South Africa's Top Sites