Eric Hoffer Quotes

Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some. We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than when we seem to lack but one thing.

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Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.

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Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.

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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.

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

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Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there

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We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution.

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To the frustrated, freedom from responsibility is more attractive than freedom from restraint. They are eager to barter their independence for relief from the burdens of willing, deciding and being responsible for inevitable failure. They willingly abdicate the directing of their lives to those who want to plan, command and shoulder all responsibility

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The real "haves" are they who can acquire freedom, self-confidence, and even riches without depriving others of them. They acquire all of these by developing and applying their potentialities. On the other hand, the real "have notch" are they who cannot have aught except by depriving others of it. They can feel free only by diminishing the freedom of others, self-confident by spreading fear and dependence among others, and rich by making others poor

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To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are

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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.

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Animals often strike us as passionate machines.

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

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

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Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.

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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.

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