quotes tagged with 'erichoffer'

The danger inherent in reform is that the cure may be worse than the disease…reformers are not on guard against unpredictable side effects which may divert the course of reform toward unwanted results. Moreover, quite often the social doctors become part of the disease.

Author: Eric Hoffer, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty freedom tyranny problem solution power politicalpower erichoffer 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails.

Author: Eric Hoffer, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty freedom tyranny power public private politicalpower erichoffer 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.

Author: Eric Hoffer, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty freedom tyranny power dictator politicalpower erichoffer 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

All leaders strive to turn their followers into children.

Author: Eric Hoffer, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in leadership children leaders following follow followers erichoffer 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

[A]bsolute power is the manifestation most inimical to human uniqueness.

Author: Eric Hoffer, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in power erichoffer 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The taint inherent in absolute power is not its inhumanity but its anti-humanity.

Author: Eric Hoffer, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in power erichoffer absolutepower 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

[M]en of power…their main purpose is the elimination or neutralization of the independent individual…every device they employ aims at turning men into a manipulable ‘animated instrument’ which is Aristotle’s definition of a slave.

Author: Eric Hoffer, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty freedom slavery tyranny politicalpower erichoffer 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The ability to get along without an exceptional leader is the mark of social vigor.

Author: Eric Hoffer, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government society leadership leader erichoffer 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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.

Author: Eric Hoffer, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government freedom politicalpower erichoffer 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

People unfit for freedom — who cannot do much with it — are hungry for power. The desire for freedom…says: leave me alone and I shall grow, learn, and realize my capacities.

Author: Eric Hoffer, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty freedom tyranny politicalpower erichoffer 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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