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Eric Hoffer Quote: “In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”

In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

— Eric Hoffer



Eric Hoffer Quote: “To change everything, simply change your attitude.”

To change everything, simply change your attitude.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people’s business.”

A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people’s business.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.”

People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “The creative mind is the playful mind. Philosophy is the play and dance of ideas.”

The creative mind is the playful mind. Philosophy is the play and dance of ideas.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “The future belongs to the learners-not the knowers.”

The future belongs to the learners-not the knowers.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “To learn you need a certain degree of confidence, not too much and not too little. If you have too little confidence, you will think you can’t learn. If you have too much, you will think you don’t have to learn.”

To learn you need a certain degree of confidence, not too much and not too little. If you have too little confidence, you will think you can’t learn. If you have too much, you will think you don’t have to learn.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.”

Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “We feel free when we escape – even if it be but from the frying pan to the fire.”

We feel free when we escape – even if it be but from the frying pan to the fire.

— Eric Hoffer



Eric Hoffer Quote: “The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.”

The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.”

The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy.”

You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “For many people, an excuse is better than an achievement because an achievement, no matter how great, leaves you having to prove yourself again in the future; but an excuse can last for life.”

For many people, an excuse is better than an achievement because an achievement, no matter how great, leaves you having to prove yourself again in the future; but an excuse can last for life.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.”

We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.”

It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.”

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Nothing so bolsters our self-confidence and reconciles us with ourselves as the continuous ability to create; to see things grow and develop under our hand, day in, day out.”

Nothing so bolsters our self-confidence and reconciles us with ourselves as the continuous ability to create; to see things grow and develop under our hand, day in, day out.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.”

Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.

— Eric Hoffer



Eric Hoffer Quote: “Absolute power turns its possessors not into a God but an anti-God. For God turned clay into men, while the absolute despot turns men into clay.”

Absolute power turns its possessors not into a God but an anti-God. For God turned clay into men, while the absolute despot turns men into clay.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “A war is not won if the defeated enemy has not been turned into a friend.”

A war is not won if the defeated enemy has not been turned into a friend.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.”

Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.”

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future.”

In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Self-righteousness is a manifestation of self-contempt.”

Self-righteousness is a manifestation of self-contempt.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “What monstrosities would walk the streets were some people’s faces as unfinished as their minds.”

What monstrosities would walk the streets were some people’s faces as unfinished as their minds.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Fair play is primarily not blaming others for anything that is wrong with us.”

Fair play is primarily not blaming others for anything that is wrong with us.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “We never say so much as when we do not quite know what we want to say. We need few words when we have something to say, but all the words in all the dictionaries will not suffice when we have nothing to say and want desperately to say it.”

We never say so much as when we do not quite know what we want to say. We need few words when we have something to say, but all the words in all the dictionaries will not suffice when we have nothing to say and want desperately to say it.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.”

Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “The true believer, no matter how rowdy and violent his acts, is basically an obedient and submissive person.”

The true believer, no matter how rowdy and violent his acts, is basically an obedient and submissive person.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.”

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.”

We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.”

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else – we are the busiest people in the world.”

The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else – we are the busiest people in the world.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “To dispose a soul to action we must upset its equilibrium.”

To dispose a soul to action we must upset its equilibrium.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “There can be no freedom without freedom to fail.”

There can be no freedom without freedom to fail.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “It is our talents rusting unused within us that secrete the poison of self-doubt into our bloodstream.”

It is our talents rusting unused within us that secrete the poison of self-doubt into our bloodstream.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.”

Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy – the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.”

Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy – the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “No matter how noble the objectives of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion; it is an evil government.”

No matter how noble the objectives of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion; it is an evil government.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “A plant needs roots in order to grow. With man it is the other way around: only when he grows does he have roots and feels at home in the world.”

A plant needs roots in order to grow. With man it is the other way around: only when he grows does he have roots and feels at home in the world.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.”

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil.”

Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “To wrong those we hate is to add fuel to our hatred. Conversely, to treat an enemy with magnanimity is to blunt our hatred for him.”

To wrong those we hate is to add fuel to our hatred. Conversely, to treat an enemy with magnanimity is to blunt our hatred for him.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Nature is a self-made machine, more perfectly automated than any automated machine. To create something in the image of nature is to create a machine, and it was by learning the inner working of nature that man became a builder of machines.”

Nature is a self-made machine, more perfectly automated than any automated machine. To create something in the image of nature is to create a machine, and it was by learning the inner working of nature that man became a builder of machines.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “One of the surprising privileges of intellectuals is that they are free to be scandalously asinine without harming their reputations.”

One of the surprising privileges of intellectuals is that they are free to be scandalously asinine without harming their reputations.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Woe to him inside a non-conformist clique who does not conform to non-conformity.”

Woe to him inside a non-conformist clique who does not conform to non-conformity.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Rudeness luxuriates in the absence of self-respect.”

Rudeness luxuriates in the absence of self-respect.

— Eric Hoffer


Eric Hoffer Quote: “Nothing comes easily. My work smells of sweat.”

Nothing comes easily. My work smells of sweat.

— Eric Hoffer

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