American philosopher (1898-1983)
Eric Hoffer was an American moral and social philosopher. He was the author of ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983. His first book, The True Believer (1951), was widely recognized as a classic, receiving critical acclaim from both scholars and laymen, although Hoffer believed that The Ordeal of Change (1963) was his finest work. The Eric Hoffer Book Award is an international literary prize established in his honor. Berkeley College awards an annual literary prize named jointly for Hoffer.
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We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true; they ruin our dreams.
There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his.
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.
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet.
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.
There is a totalitarian regime inside every one of us. We are ruled by a ruthless politburo which sets our norms and drives us from one five-year plan to another. The autonomous individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.
Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
The real Antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity.
To believe that is we could but have this or that we would be happy is to suppress the realization that the cause of our unhappiness is in our inadequate and blemished selves. Excessive desire is thus a means of suppressing our sense of worthlessness.
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