I wish, my dear Kepler, that we could have a good laugh together at the extraordinary stupidity of the mob. What do you think of the foremost philosophers of this University? In spite of my oft-repeated efforts and invitations, they have refused, with the obstinacy of a glutted adder, to look at the planets or the Moon or my glass [telescope].
Few men are controlled by reason, and few are pleased by a right purpose. The mob, rather, is led to what was plainly invented for oblivion of its cares. For it supposes that whatever serves its pleasure must also be linked to the happiness of the age. Therefore, let us grant the expenses, and not be forever giving from rational considerations. Sometimes it is useful to play the fool, and so control the joys the people long for.
No nation can last which has made a mob of itself, however generous at heart.
Nothing is so contemptible as the sentiments of the mob.
Seneca the Younger
It has been very truly said that the mob has many heads, but no brains.
What makes a regiment of soldiers a more noble object of view than the same mass of mob? Their arms, their dresses, their banners, and the art and artificial symmetry of their position and movements.
All things except reason and order are possible with a mob.
Loners live among the mob, so the mob mistakes us for its own, presuming and assuming. When the mob gets too close, the truth is revealed. Running or walking away, chased or free, any which way, we tell the mob in effect I don't need you.
The mob has nothing to lose, everything to gain.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Pickpockets either work alone or in pairs, or what is called a mob.
The audience works as such a mob. They either all laugh or all don't laugh, and, you know, changes from audience to audience.