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.
Eric Hoffer Quotes Page 3
We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about.
Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.
It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor.
The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.
Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.
Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
In human affairs every solution serves only to sharpen the problem, to show us more clearly what we are up against. There are no final solutions.
We find it hard to apply the knowledge of ourselves to our judgment of others. The fact that we are never of one kind, that we never love without reservations and never hate with all our being cannot prevent us from seeing others as wholly black or white.
A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time
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