Jean-Francois Revel Quote

“A human group transforms itself into a crowd when it suddenly responds to a suggestion rather than to reasoning, to an image rather than to an idea, to an affirmation rather than to proof, to the repetition of a phrase rather than to arguments, to prestige rather than to competence.”

~ Jean-Francois Revel

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

OK, the line he's following seems to be consistent.

Waffler, Smith

Perfection, that is what this quote is! You see these tendencies in people all of the time accepting slogans to be reasoning etcetera.

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Anonymous    8/24/10

Wow! that's identical to the Fox News mantra. I just found out that main-line Media was very influential in the Supreme Courts decision to allow the unfettered corporate funding of politicians - I wonder why??????

Doug, Calif

hope - change - hope - change (repeat again and again)

Justin, Elkland

When you accept that the majority of humanity is barely capable of rational thought anyway, this quote becomes all the more true. The trick, I suppose, is to either disperse the crowd or bend it to some positive use.

jim k, Austin,Tx

People responded to the big smile and the soothing talk about hope and change and look what we got. Obama is the true con artist.

E Archer, NYC

Ain't that the truth!


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