“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” – Eric Hoffer
About Eric Hoffer
Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1898 – May 21, 1983) was an American moral and social philosopher. He was the author of ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983. His first book, The True Believer (1951), was widely recognized as a classic, receiving critical acclaim from both scholars and laymen, although Hoffer believed that The Ordeal of Change was his finest work.
Hoffer was influenced by his modest roots and working-class surroundings, seeing in it vast human potential.
He once remarked, “my writing grows out of my life just as a branch from a tree.” When he was called an intellectual, he insisted that he was a longshoreman. Hoffer has been dubbed by some authors a “longshoreman philosopher.”
Hoffer came to public attention with the 1951 publication of his first book, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements. Concerned about the rise of totalitarian governments, especially those of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, he tried to find the roots of these “madhouses” in human psychology.
Subsequent to the publication of The True Believer (1951), Eric Hoffer touched upon Asia and American interventionism in several of his essays. Hoffer’s papers, including 131 of the notebooks he carried in his pockets, were acquired in 2000 by the Hoover Institution Archives.
He died at his home in San Francisco in 1983 at the age of 84.
(Source – Wikipedia)