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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Although he thought this to be his best book, I as others do not. For it is only the few who can acquire a sense of worth by developing and employing their capacities and talents. Quotes from The Ordeal of Change. It was there he felt at home and finally settled down.

The book is fairly short, only around pages, but it covers a good deal of ground. Indeed, the European colonial authorities had been “fairly beneficent” in Asia. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

That Eric Hoffer was a longshoreman who writes well and profoundly is another added benefit for all those who suffer under the delusion that wisdom comes only from an ivory tower. To kill a rebel is to destroy a mad dog. May 27, Clive Hendelson rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Christian heresy detached Judaism from the Jews, and the Protestant heresy separated Catholicism from the Catholic hierarchy.


Hoffer analyzes the phenomenon of “mass movements,” a general term that he applies to revolutionary parties, nationalistic movements, and religious movements. Eric Hoffer was an outsider intellectual. Two years before, my mother and I fell down a flight of stairs. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

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The Ordeal of Change by Eric Hoffer

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The Ordeal of Change

This was an “accidental read,” for no reason in particular. See all 32 reviews. Some of the essays are especially interesting due to the passage of time. This is a collection of essays written in the ‘s formed from the author’s decades of transient labor in the fields and orchards of California during the depression of the ‘s.

March 28, at An autonomous existence is heavily burdened and beset with fears, and can be endured only when bolstered by confidence and self-esteem. He acquired a library card where he worked, dividing his time “between the books and the brothels. Say howdy to Gorbachev and Putin. Self-taught, his appetite for knowledge–history, science, mankind–formed the basis of his insight to human nature. He stages the world of make-believe so indispensable for the realization of self-sacrifice and united action.


While written more than fifty years ago, certain parts feel oddly relevant for the present-day social media driven self-realization epidemic: You May Also Like He also penned a long article based on his experiences in a federal work camp, “Tramps and Pioneers. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Not so the intellectual. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

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Despite the affair and Lili Osborne later co-habitating with Hoffer, Selden Osborne and Hoffer remained on good terms. Social psychologypolitical science. I made this purchase now only because all my copies of Hoffer had been aged, torn, coffee stained and suffered from years in a back pocket and needed replacement.

Hoffer nails our modern condition I think he makes good points along these lines.