Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer

American moral and social philosopher, writer
The ideal of self-advancement which the civilizing west offers to backward populations brings with it the plague of individual frustration. All the advantages brought by the West are ineffectual substitutes for the sheltering and soothing anonymity of communal existence.More Eric Hoffer quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves.More Eric Hoffer quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil.More Eric Hoffer quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Laughter to begin with was probably glee at the misfortunes of others. The baring of the teeth in laughter hints at its savage ancestry. Animals have no malice, hence also no laughter. They never savor the sudden glory of Schadenfreude. It was its infectious quality that made of laughter a medium of mutuality.More Eric Hoffer quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The quality of ideas seems to play a minor role in mass movement leadership. What counts is the arrogant gesture, the complete disregard of the opinion of others, the singlehanded defiance of the world.More Eric Hoffer quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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Austin Osman Spare Anyone is capable of anything (will plus belief is ability) if they themselves create the opportune moment and incentive. Heaven gives no genius to disbelievers and no vengeance worse than the body denied. [03/29/2018 05:03:36] More