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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Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for lost faith in ourselves.
To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.
Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains.
Take away hatred from some people, and you have men without faith.
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.
The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything.
The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.
It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate.