Eric Hoffer Quotes

It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 24 (1955).
There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 1 (1955).
Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy—the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 264 (1955).
Take away hatred from some people, and you have men without faith.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 225 (1955).
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aphorism 222 (1955).
There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 223 (1955).
There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 223 (1955).
Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. New York Times (July 21, 1969). On the first moon-landing.
When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 33 (1955). Hoffer adds, "A society which gives unlimited freedom to the individual, more often than not attains a disconcerting sameness. On the other hand, where communal discipline is strict but not ruthless ... originality is likely to thrive."
We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. "A Time of Juveniles," The Temper of Our Time (1967).