Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Passionate State of Mind and Other…

The Passionate State of Mind and Other Aphorisms (1955)

by Eric Hoffer

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
130192,561 (4.1)None



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Hoffer showcases on this gem that poignant dissatisfaction, whatever be its cause, is at bottom a dissatisfaction with ourselves. It is surprising how much hardship and humiliation a man will endure without bitterness when he has not the least doubt about his worth or when he is so integrated with others that he is not aware of a separate self. ( )
This review has been flagged by multiple users as abuse of the terms of service and is no longer displayed (show).
  AnaIsabel-O | Dec 26, 2008 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To Elizabeth Lawrence
First words
There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
A demotivating book intent on deriding passion. 

I bought this book based on its title, THE PASSIONATE MIND. After reading it, this will be one of the very few books I purge from my library. The book is not about passionate minds, but about ridiculing passionate thinkers. 

1/2 star for the title.
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
16 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (4.1)
0.5 1
3 4
4 6
4.5 1
5 9

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 119,433,817 books! | Top bar: Always visible