Gustave Le Bon quotes

Who the heck is Gustave Le Bon?

Charles-Marie Gustave Le Bon was a French polymath whose areas of interest included anthropology, psychology, sociology, medicine, invention, and physics. He is best known for his 1895 work The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind, which is considered one of the seminal works of crowd psychology.

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Gustave Le Bon quotes

“A crowd is not merely impulsive and mobile. Like a savage, it is not prepared to admit that anything can come between its desire and the realisation of its desire.”

Gustave Le Bon The Crowd

“All the civilizations we know have been created and directed by small intellectual aristocracies, never by people in the mass. The power of crowds is only to destroy.”

Gustave Le Bon The Crowd

“Are the worst enemies of society those who attack it or those who do not even give themselves the trouble of defending it?”

Gustave Le Bon

“If atheism spread, it would become a religion as intolerable as the ancient ones.”

Gustave Le Bon

“In crowds it is stupidity and not mother-wit that is accumulated.”

Gustave Le Bon The Crowd

“Science has promised us truth... It has never promised us either peace or happiness.”

Gustave Le Bon

“The art of those who govern consists above all in the science of employing words.”

Gustave Le Bon The Crowd

“The beginning of a revolution is in reality the end of a belief.”

Gustave Le Bon The Crowd

“The conscious life of the mind is of small importance in comparison with its unconscious life.”

Gustave Le Bon The Crowd

“The greater part of our daily actions are the result of hidden motives which escape our observation.”

Gustave Le Bon The Crowd

“The masses have never thirsted after truth. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.”

Gustave Le Bon The Crowd

“The precise moment at which a great belief is doomed is easily recognisable; it is the moment when its value begins to be called in question.”

Gustave Le Bon The Crowd