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The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.
—  Eric Hoffer
The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.
—  Eric Hoffer
We have perhaps a natural fear of ends. We would rather be always on the way than arrive. Given the means, we hang on to them and often forget the ends.
—  Eric Hoffer
The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.
—  Eric Hoffer
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
The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.
—  Eric Hoffer
Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.
—  Eric Hoffer
Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
—  Eric Hoffer
We can remember minutely and precisely only the things which never really happened to us.
—  Eric Hoffer
We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true; they ruin our dreams.
—  Eric Hoffer

       

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