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  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    French writer and philosopher (ps. of Fran├žois Marie Arouet) 1694-1778
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    The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    Henry Ward Beecher
    American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker 1813-1887
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    A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
  • Socrates
    Socrates
    Greek philosopher 469 BC - 399 BC
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    A multitude of books distracts the mind.
  • William Wordsworth
    William Wordsworth
    English poet 1770-1850
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    A multitude of causes unknown to former times are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor.
  • Baruch Spinoza
    Baruch Spinoza
    Dutch Philosopher and Theologian 1632-1677
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    All the objects pursued by the multitude not only bring no remedy that tends to preserve our being, but even act as hinderances, causing the death not seldom of those who possess them, and always of those who are possessed by them.
    Source: On the Improvement of the Understanding
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
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    All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of story-tellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.
  • Miguel de Cervantes
    Miguel de Cervantes
    Spanish writer 1547-1616
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    By such innovations are languages enriched, when the words are adopted by the multitude, and naturalized by custom.
  • Adam Ferguson
    Adam Ferguson
    Scottish philosopher and historian 1723-1816
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    Every step and every movement of the multitude, even in what are termed enlightened ages, are made with equal blindness to the future; and nations stumble upon establishments, which are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design.
    Source: An Essay on the History of Civil Society
  • William Wordsworth
    William Wordsworth
    English poet 1770-1850
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    Happier of happy though I be, like them I cannot take possession of the sky, mount with a thoughtless impulse, and wheel there, one of a mighty multitude whose way and motion is a harmony and dance magnificent.
  • Richard Hooker
    Richard Hooker
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    He that goeth about to persuade a multitude that they are not so well governed as they ought to be shall never want attentive and favorable hearers.
  • Adelbert von Chamisso
    Adelbert von Chamisso
    German poet and botanist 1781-1838
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    I ordered gold in the meantime to be showered down without ceasing among the happy multitude.
  • I trust that a graduate student some day will write a doctoral essay on the influence of the Munich analogy on the subsequent history of the twentieth century. Perhaps in the end he will conclude that the multitude of errors committed in the name of ''Munich'' may exceed the original error of 1938.
  • George Eliot
    George Eliot
    English writer and poet 1819-1880
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    In the multitude of middle-aged men who go about their vocations in a daily course determined for them much in the same way as the tie of their cravats, there is always a good number who once meant to shape their own deeds and alter the world a little.
  • Alexis de Tocqueville
    Alexis de Tocqueville
    French diplomat, political scientist, and historian 1805-1859
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    In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own.
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    Thomas B. Macaulay
    American essayist and historian 1800-1859
    Thomas B. Macaulay
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    Logicians may reason about abstractions. But the great mass of men must have images. The strong tendency of the multitude in all ages and nations to idolatry can be explained on no other principle.
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