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"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".
Charles Mackay, "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" (1841).
"One man with an idea in his head is in danger of being considered a madman: two men with the same idea in common may be foolish, but can hardly be mad; ten men sharing an idea begin to act, a hundred draw attention as fanatics, a thousand and society
begins to tremble, a hundred thousand and there is war abroad, and the cause has victories tangible and real; and why only a hundred thousand? Why not a hundred million and peace upon the earth? You and I who agree together, it is we who have to answer that
William Morris, "Art under Plutocracy" (1883 speech at University College Hall, Oxford).
"Out of life's school of war: What does not destroy me, makes me stronger".
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols (1889).
"Trouble rather the tiger in his lair than the sage among his books. For to you kingdoms and their armies are things mighty and enduring, but to him they are but toys of the moment, to be overturned with the flick of a finger."
Gordon R. Dickson, "Tactics of Mistake" (1971).