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
It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn.
The best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully.
The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.
In times of change learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution.
It is a sign of creeping inner death when we can no longer praise the living.
We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true they ruin our dreams.
Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners.
There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.
It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression.