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Чарльз Маккей

Дата рождения: 27. Март 1814
Дата смерти: 24. Декабрь 1889

Чарльз Маккей — шотландский поэт, журналист, автор книг и песен.


„Люди мыслят стадом. Стадом же они сходят с ума, а в сознание приходят медленно и по одиночке.“

„Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.“ Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds


„Let us not, in the pride of our superior knowledge, turn with contempt from the follies of our predecessors. The study of the errors into which great minds have fallen in the pursuit of truth can never be uninstructive. As the man looks back to the days of his childhood and his youth, and recalls to his mind the strange notions and false opinions that swayed his actions at the time, that he may wonder at them; so should society, for its edification, look back to the opinions which governed ages that fled.“ Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

„In reading The History of Nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities, their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first.“ Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

„Three causes especially have excited the discontent of mankind; and, by impelling us to seek remedies for the irremediable, have bewildered us in a maze of madness and error. These are death, toil, and the ignorance of the future..“ Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

„Of all the offspring of Time, Error is the most ancient, and is so old and familiar an acquaintance, that Truth, when discovered, comes upon most of us like an intruder, and meets the intruder's welcome.“

„Many persons grow insensibly attached to that which gives them a great deal of trouble, as a mother often loves her sick and ever-ailing child better than her more healthy offspring.“ Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

„We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first.“ Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds


„You have no enemies, you say? Alas, my friend, the boast is poor. He who has mingled in the fray of duty that the brave endure, must have made foes. If you have none, small is the work that you have done. You’ve hit no traitor on the hip. You’ve dashed no cup from perjured lip. You’ve never turned the wrong to right. You’ve been a coward in the fight.“

„Nations, like individuals, cannot become desperate gamblers with impunity. Punishment is sure to overtake them sooner or later.“ Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

„Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.“ Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds

„An enthusiastic philosopher, of whose name we are not informed, had constructed a very satisfactory theory on some subject or other, and was not a little proud of it. "But the facts, my dear fellow," said his friend, "the facts do not agree with your theory."—"Don't they?" replied the philosopher, shrugging his shoulders, "then,;"—so much the worse for the facts!“ Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds


„In February 1720 an edict was published, which, instead of restoring the credit of the paper, as was intended, destroyed it irrecoverably, and drove the country to the very brink of revolution...“ Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

„Thus did they nurse their folly, as the good wife of Tam O’Shanter did her wrath, “to keep it warm.“ Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

„Much as the sage may affect to despise the opinion of the world, there are few who would not rather expose their lives a hundred times than be condemned to live on, in society, but not of it - a by-word of reproach to all who know their history, and a mark for scorn to point his finger at.“ Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

„Injury was aggravated by insult, and insult was embittered by pleasantry.“ Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds

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