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'Tis ever thus: indulgence spoils the base;
  Raising up pride, and lawless turbulence,
    Like noxious vapors from the fulsome marsh
      When morning shines upon it.
      - Joanna Baillie

It is an easy and vulgar thing to please the mob, and not a very arduous task to astonish them; but essentially to benefit and to improve them is a work fraught with difficulty, and teeming with danger.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The mob is a monster, with the hands of Briareus, but the head of Polyphemus,--strong to execute, but blind to perceive.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

A mob is usually a creature of very mysterious existence, particularly in a large city. Where it comes from, or whither it goes, few men can tell. Assembling and dispersing with equal suddenness, it is as difficult to follow to its various sources as the sea itself; nor does the parallel stop here, for the ocean is not more fickle and uncertain, more terrible when roused, more unreasonable or more cruel.
      - Charles Dickens

The scum that rises upmost, when the nation boils.
      - John Dryden

The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

When roused to rage the maddening populace storms, their fury, like a rolling flame, bursts forth unquenchable; but give its violence ways, it spends itself, and as its force abates, learns to obey and yields it to your will.
      - Euripides

The mob has nothing to lose, everything to gain.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Get together a hundred or two men, however sensible they may be, and you are very likely to have a mob.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Mobs are multiplied ignorance.
      - Sir William Jones

The dregs may stir themselves as they please; they fall back to the bottom by their own coarseness.
      - Joseph Joubert

The multitude unaw'd is insolent;
  Once seiz'd with fear, contemptible and vain.
      - David Mallet (originally Malloch)

Let there be an entire abstinence from intoxicating drinks throughout this country during the period of a single generation, and a mob would be as impossible as combustion without oxygen.
      - Horace Mann

The mob is a sort of bear; while your ring is through its nose, it will even dance under your cudgel; but should the ring slip, and you lose your hold, the brute will turn and rend you.
      - Jane Porter

It has been very truly said that the mob has many heads, but no brains.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

It is the proof of a bad cause when it is applauded by the mob.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The blind monster with uncounted heads, the still discordant, wavering multitude.
      - William Shakespeare

The many-headed multitude, whom inconstancy only doth by accident guide to well-doing! Who can set confidence there, where company takes away shame, and each may lay the fault upon his fellow?
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

The mob have neither judgment nor principle,--ready to bawl at night for the reverse of what they desired in the morning.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Inconstant, blind,
  Deserting friends at need, and duped by foes;
    Loud and seditious, when a chief inspired
      Their headlong fury, but, of him deprived,
        Already slaves that lick'd the scourging hand.
      - James Thomson (1)

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