Emma Goldman quote about stupidity from Anarchism and Other Essays - The more hideous the mental contortions, the greater the delight and bravos of the mass.
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The more hideous the mental contortions, the greater the delight and bravos of the mass.
 Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays (1910). copy citation

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“It matters not whether that be a dog show, a prize fight, the lynching of a "nigger," the rounding up of some petty offender, the marriage exposition of an heiress, or the acrobatic stunts of an ex-president. The more hideous the mental contortions, the greater the delight and bravos of the mass. Thus, poor in ideals and vulgar of soul, Roosevelt continues to be the man of the hour.
On the other hand, men towering high above such political pygmies, men of refinement, of culture, of ability, are jeered into silence as mollycoddles.” source

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