Eric Hoffer





Eric Hoffer

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born
in The Bronx, New York City, New York, The United States
July 25, 1902

died
May 21, 1983

gender
male

genre

influences
Michel de Montaigne


About this author

Eric Hoffer was an American social writer and philosopher. He produced ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983 by President of the United States Ronald Reagan. His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic, receiving critical acclaim from both scholars and laymen, although Hoffer believed that his book The Ordeal of Change was his finest work. In 2001, the Eric Hoffer Award was established in his honor with permission granted by the Eric Hoffer Estate in 2005.

Early life

Hoffer was born in the Bronx, New York City in 1902 (or possibly 1898), the son of Knut and Elsa Hoffer, immigrants from Alsace. By the age of five, he could read in both German and English. When...more


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The True Believer: Thoughts...
4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 1,996 ratings — published 1951 — 31 editions
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The Passionate State of Min...
4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 117 ratings — published 2006 — 4 editions
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The Ordeal of Change
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 114 ratings — published 1967 — 4 editions
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Reflections on the Human Co...
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 66 ratings — published 2006 — 3 editions
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The Temper of Our Time
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 1996 — 3 editions
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Working and Thinking on the...
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 1969 — 5 editions
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Truth Imagined
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 1983 — 3 editions
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First Things, Last Things
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1971 — 4 editions
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Between the Devil and the D...
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1982
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Before the Sabbath
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 1979 — 3 editions
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More books by Eric Hoffer…
“Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.”
Eric Hoffer

“Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.”
Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind: And Other Aphorisms

“We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.”
Eric Hoffer
tags: lies