The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.

Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.

There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.

It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents.

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.

Take away hatred from some people, and you have men without faith.

A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.

There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.

Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.

That which corrodes the souls of the persecuted is the monstrous inner agreement with the prevailing prejudice against them.

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

It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate.

The real Antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity.

It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.

To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.