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Eric Hoffer Quotes

(1902-1983), American Author, Philosopher

Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.

Category: Habit

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

Category: Happiness

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

Category: Hatred

A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor.

Category: Heresy

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

Category: History And Historians

Man was nature's mistake --she neglected to finish him -- and she has never ceased paying for her mistake.

Category: Humankind

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

Category: Ignorance

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

Category: Imitation

It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it.

Category: Immigration

It is the individual only who is timeless. Societies, cultures, and civilizations --past and present --are often incomprehensible to outsiders, but the individual's hungers, anxieties, dreams, and preoccupations have remained unchanged through the millennia.

Category: Individuality

It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence.

Category: Influence

Intolerance is the ''Do Not Touch'' sign on something that cannot bear touching. We do not mind having our hair ruffled, but we will not tolerate any familiarity with the toupee which covers our baldness.

Category: Intolerance

We find it hard to apply the knowledge of ourselves to our judgment of others. The fact that we are never of one kind, that we never love without reservations and never hate with all our being cannot prevent us from seeing others as wholly black or white.

Category: Judgment And Judges

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

Category: Kindness

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

Category: Learning