12 quotes from The Ordeal of Change: ‘The individual’s most vital need is to prove his worth, and this usually means an insatiable hunger for action. For. Eric Hoffer is a very interesting thinker, and I very much enjoyed his The Ordeal of Change. If possible, I would quote large parts of the book, but. During the Eisenhower Administration philosophical popularizer Eric Hoffer hit the headlines as the President’s curl-up-with-a-book favorite; since then White.

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The True Believer and The Ordeal of Change by Eric Hoffer |

His eyesight remained, and Hoffer never orreal his habit of voracious reading. Hoffer spent a great deal of his non-labor time in the libraries of the towns he passed through, reading and educating himself, mainly in philosophy and history, and forming from his reading and his life experiences a theory cchange human nature and the social and political systems it creates.

Hoffer is an interesting guy, apparently very well-read and able to think on his own.

Retrieved 21 March During the Vietnam Wardespite his objections to the antiwar movement and acceptance of the notion that the war was somehow necessary thd prevent a third world warHoffer remained skeptical concerning American interventionism, specifically the intelligence with which the war was being conducted in Southeast Asia. It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor.

He touches eirc heart and challenges the soul. The majority prove their worth by keeping busy. See all 32 reviews. He took a bus to Los Angeles and spent the next 10 years on Skid Rowreading, occasionally writing, and working at odd jobs. Hoffer referred to Eric Osborne as his son or godson.


I’d have liked him to better address obvious counters to his arguments. March 28, at 9: Customers who bought this item also bought.

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A busy life is the nearest thing to a purposeful life. Reflections on the Human Condition. This book comprises some inspirational insights about how masses shape the societies.

At the time of its writing, Communism was a powerful force, and its ideology shapes the lives of many people.

The Ordeal of Change Quotes by Eric Hoffer

He evokes the enthusiasm of communion—the sense of liberation from fhange petty and meaningless individual existence. Montaigne impressed Hoffer deeply, and Hoffer often made reference to him. If there was ever a most unlikely child of the great depression to achieve success, it is Eric Hoffer.

Although available for scholarly study since at leastlittle of their contents has been published. Now and then in history ofdeal last was done first: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Quotes from The Ordeal of Change. Anyone before could have been relied upon to stick to the issue of the peas; anyone since would have the data. These are the foils for his paeon to the unique history eic character of America as he sees it.

Indeed, the European colonial authorities had been “fairly beneficent” in Asia. Hoffer asks why “everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world” and why Israel should sue for peace after its victory.


This entry was posted on September 27, at 4: Thus, Hoffer ranges far and wide in topics and relations, and takes the opportunity to comment on, for example, history: When a population undergoing drastic change is without abundant opportunities for individual action and self-advancement, it develops a hunger for faith, pride, and unity.

Yoffer philosopher of great insight into reality. But it is perhaps equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts. First Things, Last Or. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

The Ordeal of Change

Started reading this book about a year ago and only able to finish it months later. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Eric Hoffer’s writing does something to the hpffer. Proudly powered by WordPress.

I suspect his ideal may have been a society of independent craftsmen and shopkeepers. No trivia or quizzes yet. He may dream of spectacular action and be lured chante play an active role, but in the long run he does not feel at home in the whirl of a busy life. He was raised by a live-in relative or servant, a German immigrant named Martha.

For the Asians of the s, the circumstances differed markedly.