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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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

What will happen once the authentic mass man takes over, we do not know yet, although it may be a fair guess that he will have more in common with the meticulous, calculated correctness of Himmler than with the hysterical fanaticism of Hitler, will more resemble the stubborn dullness of Molotov than the sensual vindictive cruelty of Stalin.

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) German-born American political philosopher.

The adjustment of reality to the masses and of the masses to reality is a process of unlimited scope, as much for thinking as for perception.

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) German philosopher.

The multitude of fools is a protection to the wise.

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.

The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action.

Denis Diderot (1713-1784) French philosopher.

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The masses have no habit of self reliance or original action.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

This leads us to note down in our psychological chart of the mass-man of today two fundamental traits: the free expansion of his vital desires, and, therefore, of his personality; and his radical ingratitude towards all that has made possible the ease of his existence. These traits together make up the well-known psychology of the spoilt child.

José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish Essayist, and Philosopher.

The mass believes that it has the right to impose and to give force of law to notions born in the café.

José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish Essayist, and Philosopher.

Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist.

The multitude is always wrong.

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