Quotes by Eric Hoffer


Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
– Eric Hoffer
A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time.
– Eric Hoffer
A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.
– Eric Hoffer
A man by himself is in bad company.
– Eric Hoffer
A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly, peaceful and pleasant, but perhaps without the seed of things to come.
– Eric Hoffer
An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
– Eric Hoffer
Animals often strike us as passionate machines.
– Eric Hoffer
Call not that man wretched, who whatever ills he suffers, has a child to love.
– Eric Hoffer
Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.
– Eric Hoffer
Children are the keys of paradise.
– Eric Hoffer
Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.
– Eric Hoffer
Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
– Eric Hoffer
Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself.
– Eric Hoffer
Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.
– Eric Hoffer
Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.
– Eric Hoffer
Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are.
– Eric Hoffer
Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
– Eric Hoffer
Facts are counterrevolutionary.
– Eric Hoffer
Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for lost faith in ourselves.
– Eric Hoffer
Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know.
– Eric Hoffer