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Eric Hoffer Quotes

(1902-1983), American Author, Philosopher

When people are bored it is primarily with themselves.

Category: Bores And Boredom

There is always a chance that he who sets himself up as his brother's keeper will end up by being his jail-keeper.

Category: Brotherhood

Capitalism is at its liberating best in a noncapitalist environment. The crypto-businessman is the true revolutionary in a Communist country.

Category: Capitalism

To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.

Category: Change

There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet.

Category: Chastity

Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.

Category: Compassion

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.

Category: Conformity

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

Category: Conventionality

When cowardice is made respectable, its followers are without number both from among the weak and the strong; it easily becomes a fashion.

Category: Coward And Cowardice

Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.

Category: Credulity

It is a sign of a creeping inner death when we no longer can praise the living.

Category: Death And Dying

Death has but one terror, that it has no tomorrow.

Category: Death And Dying

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

Category: Death And Dying

The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop.

Category: Depression

Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy -- the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.

Category: Disappointments