Eric HofferEric Hoffer, (1902-1983) American author, philosopher, awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Eric Hoffer Quote

“Freedom released the energies of the masses not by exhilarating but by unbalancing, irritating, and goading.”

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~ Eric Hoffer


Ratings and Comments


Mike, Norwalk

When the spirit, mind, body, etc. are free, the natural release of energy is exhilarating.

EGL, LA
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EGL, LA    4/23/07

I believe that the intent of the statement is to say that a priori the need to upset people's complacency is the necessary catalyst for social action and change. As long as people are content with the status quo not much is going to happen to change anything. However, the aftermath may indeed be exhilarating, if not eupohric.

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

Well put EGL.

E Archer, NYC

Mike and EGL make good points. I still agree that when freedom flourishes, the order imposed by the class that attempts to rule is difficult to enforce.

Joe, Rochester, MI

Freedom unbalances, irritates and goads those who would stifle our liberties.

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