Crowds Quotes

Quotes tagged as "crowds" (showing 1-30 of 70)
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

Charles Mackay
“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

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

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

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

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

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

Sanhita Baruah
“I think one can tell a lot about a person from the way he chooses to let the stub of his cigarette burn out...”
Sanhita Baruah

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

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

Charles Mackay
“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

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

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

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

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

Catherine Lacey
“People in large quantities are terrible.”
catherine lacey, Nobody Is Ever Missing

“I miss being in Barbados in December,
That is a time I always remember,
The smell of varnish on the wooden floors,
And the smell of paint on the wooden doors
The crowds in de Supermarket,
Buying up the rum,
And the music blasting
Puh rup a pum pum”
Charmaine J Forde

A.J. Máspero
“Solo porque ellos son multitud y su locura está sistematizada no la hace aceptable”
A.J. Máspero, Los hombres detrás del telón

Elias Canetti
“Every command leaves behind a painful sting in the person who is forced to carry it out.”
Elias Canetti, Crowds and Power

Isabel Cooper
“Odd how six people could be a crowd when she lived daily among millions.”
Isabel Cooper, The Highland Dragon's Lady

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Whenever you enter the crowds, keep your own personality, keep your own behaviour, keep your own mind; stay as yourself!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The greatest crowd is not the large number of people who know nothing about where they are going but rather a single man who knows where he is going on the right path!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Laura Anne Gilman
“When you have so many people, Isobel, it’s almost the same as having no people at all.”
Laura Anne Gilman, Silver on the Road

“Looking at the corpses and the crowds relentlessly searching I understood that a body could not be laid to rest until it was matched to a name.”
Roger Jefferies, Shoal: A Thanet Writers Anthology

“The room was filled with paintings, created by masters in centuries past, lining the three sides of the room, but, in the centre was the marquee attraction, the one work they hoped would draw the crowds.”
Connor Sansby, Shoal: A Thanet Writers Anthology

Lloyd C. Douglas
“Perhaps this general degradation was the result of too much crowding, too little privacy, too much noise. You couldn't be decent if you weren't intelligent; you couldn't be intelligent if you couldn't think—and who could think in all this racket? Add the stench to the confusion of cramped quarters, and who could be self-respecting?”
Lloyd C. Douglas, The Robe

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