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Eric Hoffer
Eric Hoffer

A former longshoreman and migratory worker, Eric Hoffer came from virtual obscurity to national acclaim with this book "€œThe True Believer" in 1951. Over the next five decades Hoffer became known as one of the greatest intellectuals and philosophers in modern times, often mentioned in the same breath as Shakespeare and Paine. His 10 books have been translated throughout the world, a remar…

Date of Birth: July 25, 1902
Date of Death: May 21, 1983


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"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." Eric Hoffer
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Friends Or Friendship   

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"Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy -- the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation." Eric Hoffer
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"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." Eric Hoffer
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Ability    Failure   

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"Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something." Eric Hoffer
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Belief    Cheating   

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"Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunities for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults." Eric Hoffer
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Adolescence   

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"There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive." Eric Hoffer
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American Writer   

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"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." Eric Hoffer
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Dissatisfaction   

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"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
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American Writer    God   

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"The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor's shortcomings as he is of his own." Eric Hoffer
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"Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves." Eric Hoffer
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American Writer    People   

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"The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets." Eric Hoffer
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American Writer    Angels   

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"The superficiality of the American is the result of his hustling. It needs leisure to think things out; it needs leisure to mature. People in a hurry cannot think, cannot grow, nor can they decay. They are preserved in a state of perpetual puerility." Eric Hoffer
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America    Haste   

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"Animals often strike us as passionate machines." Eric Hoffer
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American Writer    Animals   

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"There is probably an element of malice in our readiness to overestimate people - we are, as it were, laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size." Eric Hoffer
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American Writer   

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"Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others" Eric Hoffer
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"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength" Eric Hoffer
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Imitation   

Eric Hoffer

"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" Eric Hoffer
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Example   

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"The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do" Eric Hoffer
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"I wasn't worried about typecasting - I thought I'd figure that out down the road. I figured that, with the quality of the show, Will was going to be my epitaph. It was more about ""Is this the one character I want beside my name for the rest of eternity?""" Eric Hoffer
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"We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails." Eric Hoffer
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American Writer   

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"It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men." Eric Hoffer
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American Writer    Power   





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