Saturday, November 22, 2008

Top 10 Quotes About Mass Psychology

#10 - Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, 1974

"To speak of certain government and establishment institutions as 'the system' is to speak correctly . . . They are sustained by structural relationships even when they have lost all other meaning and purpose. People arrive at a factory and perform a totally meaningless task from eight to five without question because the structure demands it be that way. There's no villian, no 'mean guy' who wants them to live meaningless lives, it's just that the structure, the system demands it and no one is willing to take on the formidable task of changing the structure just because it is meaningless."

#09 - Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1886

"Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule."

#08 - Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes, 1911

"The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims."

#07 - J. G. Ballard, Running Wild, 1988

"In a totally sane society, madness is the only freedom."

#06 - Antonin Artaud, Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society, 1947

"It is thus that a few rare lucid well-disposed people who have had to struggle on earth find themselves at certain hours of the day or night in the depth of certain authentic and waking nightmare states, surrounded by the formidable suction, the formidable tentacular oppression of a kind of civic magic which will soon be seen appearing openly in social behavior."

#05 - Henry David Thoreau, journal, March 14, 1838

"The mass never comes up to the standard of its best member, but on the contrary degrades itself to a level with the lowest."

#04 - Carl Jung, Concerning Rebirth, 1940

"Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics."

#03 - Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life, 1860

"Leave this hypocritical prating about the masses. Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence, and need not to be flattered, but to be schooled. I wish not to concede anything to them, but to tame, drill, divide, and break them up, and draw individuals out of them."

#02 - Alfred Jarry, La Revue Blanche, 1897

"It is because the public are a mass-inert, obtuse, and passive-that they need to be shaken up from time to time so that we can tell from their bear-like grunts where they are-and also where they stand. They are pretty harmless, in spite of their numbers, because they are fighting against intelligence."

#01 - Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, 1841

"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, and one by one."

"Victory belongs to the most persevering"


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