Mob Mentality Quotes

Quotes tagged as "mob-mentality" (showing 1-14 of 14)
“All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established.”

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

William Golding
“Lying there in the darkness, he knew he was an outcast. " 'Cos I had some sense.”
William Golding, Lord of the Flies

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

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

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

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