Mob Mentality Quotes

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Aristotle
“All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established.”
Aristotle

Harper Lee
“A mob's always made up of people, no matter what. Mr. Cunningham was part of a mob last night, but he was still a man. Every mob in every little Southern town is always made up of people you know--doesn't say much for them, does it?”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Stendhal
“The tyranny of public opinion (and what an opinion!) is as fatuous in the small towns of France as it is in the United States of America.”
Stendhal, The Red and the Black

C.G. Jung
“A million zeros joined together do not, unfortunately, add up to one. Ultimately everything depends on the quality of the individual, but our fatally shortsighted age thinks only in terms of large numbers and mass organizations, though one would think that the world had seen more than enough of what a well-disciplined mob can do in the hands of a single madman. Unfortunately, this realization does not seem to have penetrated very far - and our blindness is extremely dangerous.”
C.G. Jung, The Essential Jung: Selected Writings

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“National hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Alexandre Koyré
“The mob believes everything it is told, provided only that it be repeated over and over. Provided too that its passions, hatreds, fears are catered to. Nor need one try to stay within the limits of plausibility: on the contrary, the grosser, the bigger, the cruder the lie, the more readily is it believed and followed. Nor is there any need to avoid contradictions: the mob never notices; needless to pretend to correlate what is said to some with what is said to others: each person or group believes only what he is told, not what anyone else is told; needless to strive for coherence: the mob has no memory; needless to pretend to any truth: the mob is radically incapable of perceiving it: the mob can never comprehend that its own interests are what is at stake.”
Alexandre Koyré, Réflexions sur le mensonge

“From one dog all the dogs bark.”
Marty Rubin

Brandon Sanderson
“A river is easier to channel than to stop.”
Brandon Sanderson, Shadows of Self

Elias Canetti
“A murder shared with many others, which is not only safe and permitted, but indeed recommended, is irresistible to the great majority of men.”
Elias Canetti, Crowds and Power

Ann Coulter
“Pilate was required to release one of the prisoners, so he gave the mob the choice of Jesus or Barabbas, a notorious murderer and insurrectionist-in otherwords, someone who incites mobs.
Again, the mob "spoke with one voice" demanding "with loud shouts" that Jesus be crucified.”
Ann Coulter, Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America

Cass R. Sunstein
“...when like-minded people get together, they often end up thinking a more extreme version of what they thought before they started to talk to one another.”
Cass R. Sunstein, On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done

Brian Evenson
“People clustered in twos or threes or fours, I have come to believe, both constitute creatures in and of themselves and, together as tandems or triunes or packs, form another sort of myriad-minded creature whose actions are far from predictable.”
Brian Evenson

Charles Dickens
“When the Attorney-General ceased, a buzz arose in the court as if a cloud of great blue-flies were swarming about the prisoner, in anticipation of what he was soon to become.”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

James Baldwin
“A mob is not autonomous: it executes the real will of the people who rule the State. The slaughter in Birmingham, Alabama, for example, was not merely the action of a mob.”
James Baldwin, Dark Days

Charles Dickens
“The factory-bells had need to ring their loudest that morning to disperse the groups of workers who stood in the tardy daybreak, collected round the placards [wanted posters], devouring them with eager eyes. Not the least eager of the eyes assembled, were the eyes of those who could not read. These people, as they listened to the friendly voice that read aloud--there was always some such ready to help them--stared at the characters which meant so much with a vague awe and respect that would have been half ludicrous, if any aspect of public ignorance could ever be otherwise than threatening and full of evil.”
Charles Dickens, Hard Times

Abhijit Naskar
“An oppressor mob is far more dangerous than an oppressor tyrant.”
Abhijit Naskar, No Foreigner Only Family

Niccolò Machiavelli
“The temper of the multitude is fickle”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

László Krasznahorkai
“But nothing could assuage the unconscious fury of our new and tragic understanding, our sense of having been cheated, our fear, for, however we looked for it, we could not find a fit object for our disgust and despair, and so we attacked everything in our way with an equal and infinite passion…”
László Krasznahorkai, The Melancholy of Resistance

Douglas Rushkoff
“Cynical views of humans as a mindless mob, incapable of behaving intelligently and peacefully, are used to justify keeping us apart and denying us roles as autonomous actors.”
Douglas Rushkoff, Team Human

Abhijit Naskar
“It is imperative that all uprising be guided by an urge for justice, not a craving for revenge.”
Abhijit Naskar, No Foreigner Only Family

Meša Selimović
“Pominjali su samo ono što se njih ticalo, samo što je njih tištalo. A tištalo ih je mnogo šta, nestašica, skupoća, strah, velike i male nepravde, prazna obećanja, puste godine, iznevjerene želje, suviše česte noći, rane starosti, male ljubavi, velike mržnje, nesigurnost, poniženja, sav onaj jad što se zove život.”
Meša Selimović, Death and the Dervish

Franz Werfel
“In the fawning soul of the mob everything is justified by the victorious employment of force. It transfigures treachery, desertion, murder, lying, and any kind of rascality, turning them into wholesome necessities which the servile people accept and swiftly forget as a child does a bitter medicine.”
Franz Werfel, Jeremias, höret die Stimme

Marcel Proust
“For the instinct of imitation and absence of courage govern society and the mob alike.”
Marcel Proust, Sodom and Gomorrah

“The mob was engaging in a performative group activity.”
Zoe Quinn, Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate

“A mob has more tools at its disposal then individual actors do. Popularity—the quantity of clicks of use on any given time is tracked and exploited by algorithms online, and a mob is a critical mass. If thousands of people are linking to something about you, that will quickly become the first thing people see when they google your name, regardless of whether it's a fact checked news article or SmegmaDan69's video about what a bitch you are.”
Zoe Quinn, Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate

“These pundits are community leaders of the sort—they validate feelings and provide guidance. Internet Inquisitors position themselves as authority figures and truth tellers; they confirm the mob's hatred, paranoia, and insecurities and directed towards the nearest combustible witch on their radar. They serve as morale boosters, assuring the mob that they are correct, that their path is righteous, and that it's the world that's wrong (or in this case, the person they're offering up as a sacrifice).”
Zoe Quinn, Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate