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Eric Hoffer Quotes

(1902-1983), American Author, Philosopher

They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.

Category: Failure

Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.

Category: Faith

Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.

Category: Fatigue

Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.

Category: Fatigue

The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.

Category: Favors

There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.

Category: Freedom

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

Category: Freedom

Friendship Never explain -- your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe it anyway. A real friend never gets in your way, unless you happen to be on the way down. A friend is someone you can do nothing with and enjoy it. However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. 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: Friends And Friendship

However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. 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: Friends And Friendship

It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.

Category: Frustration

We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.

Category: Generalizations

There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his.

Category: Generosity

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

Category: Glory

To the excessively fearful the chief characteristic of power is its arbitrariness. Man had to gain enormously in confidence before he could conceive an all-powerful God who obeys his own laws.

Category: God

A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time.

Category: Greatness