- Name: Eric Hoffer
- Born: 07/25/1898
- Died: 05/21/1983 (84 years old)
- Occupation: Author, longshoreman
Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1898 – May 21, 1983) 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.
Awards: Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1983
Genre: Social psychology, political science
Birth Place: New York City, New York, U.S.
Death Place: San Francisco, California, U.S.
Eric Hoffer quotes :
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.Eric Hoffer
It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn.Eric Hoffer
Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.Eric Hoffer
The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.Eric Hoffer
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
We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution.Eric Hoffer
We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true they ruin our dreams.Eric Hoffer
There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.Eric Hoffer
It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression.Eric Hoffer
Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for lost faith in ourselves.Eric Hoffer
To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.Eric Hoffer
Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains.Eric Hoffer
Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.Eric Hoffer
It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate.Eric Hoffer