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Quotes About Crowds

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Terry Pratchett
“The intelligence of that creature known as a crowd is the square root of the number of people in it.”
Terry Pratchett, Jingo

Charles Bukowski
“As a recluse I couldn't bear traffic. It had nothing to do with jealousy, I simply disliked people, crowds, anywhere, except at my readings. People diminished me, they sucked me dry.”
Charles Bukowski, Women

Rachel Cohn
“Wherever I went, I was on the wrong end of the stampede.”
Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Chinua Achebe
“Mr. Brown had thought of nothing but numbers. He should have known that the kingdom of God did not depend on large crowds. Our Lord Himself stressed the importance of fewness. Narrow is the way and few the number. To fill the Lord's holy temple with an idolatrous crowd clamoring for signs was a folly of everlasting consequence. Our Lord used the whip only once in His life - to drive the crowd away from His church.”
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”
Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

Flannery O'Connor
“I do not like the raw sound of the human voice in unison unless it is under the discipline of music.”
Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor

B.F. Skinner
“The mob rushes in where individuals fear to tread.”
B.F. Skinner, Walden Two

Dejan Stojanovic
“And this that you call solitude is in fact a big crowd.”
Dejan Stojanovic, The Shape

Steve Toltz
“...I thought how I hate any kind of mob - I hate mobs of sports fans, mobs of environmental demonstrators, I even hate mobs of super-models, that's how much I hate mobs. I tell you, mankind is bearable only when you get him on his own.”
Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole

John M. Cusick
“If everyone you knew jumped off a bridge, would you too?” Dr. Roger asked.
David had heard this before and knew you were supposed to say no. But was that really true? If everyone jumped off a bridge, maybe there was a good reason. Maybe the bridge was on fire.If anything, the guy who didn’t jump was the crazy one.”
John M. Cusick, Girl Parts

Jarod Kintz
“I can’t extrapolate a theory of what people would do based on the limited data set of what one person—myself—would do. That’s why I need clones, so I can more accurately gauge what large crowds of people would do in a given situation.”
Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They're Over.

Janet Evanovich
“We want you to break into the Smithsonian."

"Always a pleasure," Nick said.

Kate raised an eyebrow at Nick. "You've done it before?"

Nick shrugged. "Nobody goes to D.C. without visiting the Smithsonian."

"Most people go when it's open."

"I don't like crowds.”
Janet Evanovich, The Chase

“To be far from the madding crowd is to be mad indeed.”
A.E. Coppard, Dusky Ruth: And Other Stories

“Three causes especially have excited the discontent of mankind; and, by impelling us to seek remedies for the irremediable, have bewildered us in a maze of madness and error. These are death, toil, and the ignorance of the future..”
Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

Jennifer Egan
“[I]t may be that a crowd at a particular moment of history creates the object to justify its gathering.”
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

“I thought I was getting away from politics for a while. But I now realise that the vuvuzela is to these World Cup blogs what Julius Malema is to my politics columns: a noisy, but sadly unavoidable irritant. With both Malema and the vuvuzela, their importance is far overstated. Malema: South Africa's Robert Mugabe? I think not. The vuvuzela: an archetypal symbol of 'African culture?' For African civilisation's sake, I seriously hope not.

Both are getting far too much airtime than they deserve. Both have thrust themselves on to the world stage through a combination of hot air and raucous bluster. Both amuse and enervate in roughly equal measure. And both are equally harmless in and of themselves — though in Malema's case, it is the political tendency that he represents, and the right-wing interests that lie behind his diatribes that is dangerous. With the vuvu I doubt if there are such nefarious interests behind the scenes; it may upset the delicate ears of the middle classes, both here and at the BBC, but I suspect that South Africa's democracy will not be imperilled by a mass-produced plastic horn.”
Richard Calland

“For the record, the vuvuzela is not my enemy — and I even have, for reasons of self-defence installed a mini-vuvu with surprisingly powerful performance levels around my neck — though I miss hearing the crescendo of noise from the crowd that should accompany a promising attack on goal or a goal itself. Instead, of course, there is the monotone drone — a constant that belies the ebbs and flows of a game.”
Richard Calland

Bauvard
“Friend: a stranger in hard times.
Friends: the street mob that robs you.”
Bauvard, Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic

Émile Zola
“Over all crowds there seems to float a vague distress, an atmosphere of pervasive melancholy, as if any large gathering of people creates an aura of terror and pity.”
Émile Zola, The Attack on the Mill and Other Stories

Isaac Asimov
“The first problem of living is to minimize friction with the crowds that surround you on all sides.”
Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel

Dejan Stojanovic
“When there is noise and crowds, there is trouble;
When everything is silent and perfect,
There is just perfection and nothing
To fill the air.”
Dejan Stojanovic

Mehmet Murat ildan
“What you say in silence in front of no one, say it loud in front of the crowds!”
Mehmet Murat ildan
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Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
“A dingily bilious sun was seeping through a tent of black clouds. Passersby, spitefully elbowing elbows, were rushing along the pavement. People thronging the doorways of shops tried to pummel their way through and stuck fast, their faces flushed with spite and fury, their teeth bared.”
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Autobiography of a Corpse

Mehmet Murat ildan
“A lonely man with the truths is more crowded than the crowds without the truths!”
Mehmet Murat ildan
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Christopher Hitchens
“By the way, if you knew how you sounded when you hissed, you wouldn't do it: you sound like such berks when you do that.”
Christopher Hitchens

Peter Ackroyd
“And I was a Child again, watching the bright World. But the Spell broke when at this Juncture some Gallants jumped from the Pitt onto the Stage and behaved as so many Merry-Andrews among the Actors, which reduced all to Confusion. I laugh'd with them also, for I like to make Merry among the Fallen and there is pleasure to be had in the Observation of the Deformity of Things. Thus when the Play resumed after the Disturbance, it was only to excite my Ridicule with its painted Fictions, wicked Hypocrisies and villainous Customs, all depicted with a little pert Jingle of Words and a rambling kind of Mirth to make the Insipidnesse and Sterility pass. There was no pleasure in seeing it, and nothing to burden the Memory after: like a voluntarie before a Lesson it was absolutely forgotten, nothing to be remembered or repeated.”
Peter Ackroyd, Hawksmoor

“Be careful of people who generalize to lure large crowds for ANY reason...”
Garrett McCoy

Sol Luckman
“Nobody ever goes to that store to shop because it’s too crowded.”
Sol Luckman, Beginner's Luke

Wallace Stegner
“It's idealistic, it's for love and gentleness, it's close to nature, it hurts nobody, it's voluntary. I can't see anything wrong with any of that.'
'Neither can I. The only trouble is, this commune will be inhabited by and surrounded by members of the human race.”
Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

Wallace Stegner
“I wouldn't live in a colony like that, myself, for a thousand dollars an hour. I wouldn't want it next door. I'm not too happy it's within ten miles. Why? Because their soft-headedness irritates me. Because their beautiful thinking ignores both history and human nature. Because they'd spoil my thing with their thing. Because I don't think any of them is wise enough to play God and create a human society. Look. I like privacy, I don't like crowds, I don't like noise, I don't like anarchy, I don't even like discussion all that much. I prefer study, which is very different from meditation-not better, different. I don't like children who are part of the wild life. So are polecats and rats and other sorts of hostile and untrained vermin. I want to make a distinction between civilization and the wild life. I want a society that will protect the wild life without confusing itself with it.”
Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

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