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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

Elias Canetti
“It is always the enemy who started it, even if he was not the first to speak out, he was certainly planning it; and if he was not actually planning it, he was thinking of it; and, if he was not thinking of it, he would have thought of it.”
Elias Canetti, Crowds and Power

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

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

Robert  Black
“It’s relatively easy to act nice and normal in front of a crowd, or in public. The tricky part is doing it in private.”
Robert Black

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

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

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

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

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.

“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

“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

“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

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

“I am that coward male who reminds myself each day that I am the man , takes my penis out and masturbate till i ejaculate the infused fears thinking her...And standing along with the crowds to my back I shout " That Bitch”
Gopichand Lagadapati

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

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

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

Michel Faber
“The crowds that queued for snacks and knick-knacks, the constant stream of passengers recorded by the closed-circuit TVs, were wondrous proof of the sheer variety of human specimens, except that they were presumed to be identically faithless inside, duty-free in every sense of that word.”
Michel Faber, The Book of Strange New Things

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

J.D. Brewer
“What I couldn’t bring myself to hate was the energy. I reveled in the way it ebbed and flowed as people connected over something and the way the multiplication of people intensified it around us. Energy made me both love and hate being in large crowds because there was too much chaos to the peace and too much peace to the chaos.”
J.D. Brewer, Intrepid

“Seeing one face continually in crowds is one of the minor annoyances of being in love.”
Elizabeth Taylor

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Crowds most envy the lonely man who walks confidently as if he is walking with the great crowds!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

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