Quotes about the masses, the people, the mob, crowds, the multitude etc.

“Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin.” -Lenin

“Under the label of Socialism…the masses are but fodder for the prosperity of a few individuals, the most worthless and polluted ones at that.” -Solzhenitsyn

“Print technology created the public. Electronic technology created the mass.” –McLuhan

“What prepares men for totalitarian domination in the non-totalitarian world is the fact that loneliness, once a borderline experience usually suffered in certain marginal conditions like old age, has become an everyday experience of the ever-growing masses of our century.” -Arendt

“The future belongs to crowds.” -DeLillo

“Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you want them to understand.” -Fanon

“Noisy festivals are a necessity. Idiots love noise, and the multitude are idiots.” -Napoleon

“The totality of beliefs and sentiments common to the average members of a society forms a determinate system with a life of its own. It can be termed the collective or creative consciousness.” -Durkheim

“Without a guiding organisation, the energy of the masses would dissipate like steam not enclosed in a piston-box. But nevertheless what moves things is not the piston or the box, but the steam.” -Trotsky

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