No One But the Crowd

Universally men judge more by the eyes than by the hands since seeing touches everyone while sensing touches few. Everyone sees what you seem, few sense what you are, and these few are not so bold as to oppose the opinions of the many…the means will always be judged honourable, and they will be praised by everyone–since the crowd is always going to be taken in by appearances and results, and in the world there is no one but the crowd..

– Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

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