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Biography - Gustave Le Bon:

French polymath.
Born: 1841 - Died: 1931
Period:
20th century
19th century
Place of birth: France
France

For it must not be supposed that merely because the justness of an idea has been proved it can be productive of effective action even on cultivated minds. This fact may be quickly appreciated by noting how slight is the influence of the clearest demonstration on the majority of men.




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French
Il ne faut pas croire du reste que c'est parce que la justesse d'une idée est démontrée qu'elle peut produire ses effets, même chez les esprits cultivés. On s'en rend compte en voyant combien la démonstration la plus claire a peu d'influence sur la majorité des hommes.

German
Man darf nicht glauben, eine Idee könne durch den Beweis ihrer Richtigkeit selbst bei gebildeten Geistern Wirkungen erzielen. Man wird davon überzeugt, wenn man sieht, wie wenig Einfluß die klarste Beweisführung auf die Mehrzahl der Menschen hat.




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Quotes for: clarity


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Quotes about clarity:


Clarity is the good faith of philosophers.





Lucidity adds beauty to profound thoughts.





What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.





Clarity is the politeness of the man of letters.





Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams who looks inside, awakes.





The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.











Quotes for: idea


Quotes

Quotes about idea:


Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it's the only one we have.





The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.





There is something real in ideas, through which the true are distinguished from the false.





An idea is a meteor.





Where does this idea come from? It is like a pair of glasses on our nose through which we see whatever we look at. It never occurs to us to take them off.





Do not have too artificial an idea of man but judge him naturally. Don't consider him too good or too bad.











Quotes

Gustave Le Bon also said...


To progress, it is not enough to want to act, one must first know in which direction to act.





The real democratic progress is not to lower the level of the elite toward that of the crowd, but to raise that of the crowd toward the elite.





By the mere fact that he forms part of an organised crowd, a man descends several rungs in the ladder of civilisation.





The masses have never thirsted after truth. They turn aside from evidence that is not to their taste, preferring to deify error, if error seduce them. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.





No need to be praised when you are sure of yourself. He who seeks praise doubts his own worth.





Competence without authority is as powerless as authority without competence.












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