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…by the mere fact that he forms part of an organised crowd, a man  descends several rungs in the ladder of civilisation. Isolated, he may  be a cultivated individual; in a crowd, he is a barbarian — that is, a creature acting by instinct.  He possesses the spontaneity, the  violence, the ferocity, and also the enthusiasm and heroism of primitive  beings, whom he further tends to resemble by the facility with which he  allows himself to be impressed by words and images — which would be  entirely without action on each of the isolated individuals composing  the crowd — and to be induced to commit acts contrary to his most  obvious interests and his best-known habits.  An individual in a crowd  is a grain of sand amid other grains of sand, which the wind stirs up at  will.
- Gustave Le Bon

…by the mere fact that he forms part of an organised crowd, a man descends several rungs in the ladder of civilisation. Isolated, he may be a cultivated individual; in a crowd, he is a barbarian — that is, a creature acting by instinct. He possesses the spontaneity, the violence, the ferocity, and also the enthusiasm and heroism of primitive beings, whom he further tends to resemble by the facility with which he allows himself to be impressed by words and images — which would be entirely without action on each of the isolated individuals composing the crowd — and to be induced to commit acts contrary to his most obvious interests and his best-known habits. An individual in a crowd is a grain of sand amid other grains of sand, which the wind stirs up at will. - Gustave Le Bon

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