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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Charles Mackay

[from the Wiki ]

"How flattering to the pride of man to think that the stars on their courses watch over him, and typify, by their movements and aspects, the joys or the sorrows that await him! He, in less proportion to the universe than the all-but invisible insects that feed in myriads on a summer's leaf are to this great globe itself, fondly imagines that eternal worlds were chiefly created to prognosticate his fate."

"We go out of our course to make ourselves uncomfortable; the cup of life is not bitter enough to our palate, and we distill superfluous poison to put into it, or conjure up hideous things to frighten ourselves at, which would never exist if we did not make them."

Just 2 quotes, and this book is on my reading list already - best of all, it is public domain. :)
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