Eric Hoffer

"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys."

Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

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

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It is not at all simple to understand the simple."

Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Language was invented to ask questions. Answers may be given by grunts and gestures, but questions must be spoken."

Rating: 8.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"No one is truly literate who cannot read his own heart."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

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

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Where freedom is real, equality is the passion of the masses. Where equality is real, freedom is the passion of a small minority."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The central task of education is to implant a will and facility for learning; it should produce not learned but learning people. The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents, and children are students together."

Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"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."

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

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

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 6)

"The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness."

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true."

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Man is a luxury loving animal."

Rating: 3.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Every era has a currency that buys souls. In some the currency is pride, in others it is hope, in still others it is a holy cause."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. Originality is deliberate and forced, and partakes of the nature of a protest."

Eric Hoffer
Eric Hoffer "Passionate State of Mind"

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbour."

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)