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Eric Hoffer Quotes

(1902-1983), American Author, Philosopher

The greatest weariness comes from work not done.

Category: Discontent

The chemistry of dissatisfaction is as the chemistry of some marvelously potent tar. In it are the building stones of explosives, stimulants, poisons, opiates, perfumes and stenches.

Category: Dissatisfaction

The beginning of thought is in disagreement -- not only with others but also with ourselves.

Category: Dissent

Though dissenters seem to question everything in sight, they are actually bundles of dusty answers and never conceived a new question. What offends us most in the literature of dissent is the lack of hesitation and wonder.

Category: Dissent

Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.

Category: Dissipation

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

Category: Dreams

We have perhaps a natural fear of ends. We would rather be always on the way than arrive. Given the means, we hang on to them and often forget the ends.

Category: Ends And Means

Man staggers through life yapped at by his reason, pulled and shoved by his appetites, whispered to by fears, beckoned by hopes. Small wonder that what he craves most is self-forgetting.

Category: Escapism

It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.

Category: Evil

The pre-human creature from which man evolved was unlike any other living thing in its malicious viciousness toward its own kind. Humanization was not a leap forward but a groping toward survival.

Category: Evolution

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

Category: Exaggeration

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.

Category: Example

The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.

Category: Existence

Facts are counterrevolutionary.

Category: Facts

There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.

Category: Failure