Eric Hoffer Quotes

Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.

Eric Hoffer

The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.

Eric Hoffer

The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.

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How much easier is self-sacrifice than self-realization!

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Perhaps our originality manifests itself most strikingly in what we do with that which we did not originate. To discover something wholly new can be a matter of chance, of idle tinkering, or even of the chronic dissatisfaction of the untalented.

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It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is true of men as of dogs.

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Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect.

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

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We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails.

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A man by himself is in bad company.

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Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many.

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The self-styled intellectual who is impotent with pen and ink hungers to write history with sword and blood.

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Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others.

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Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end results of.

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Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength

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Passionate hatreds can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. These people haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunies for battle.

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