"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."
Gustave LeBon (1841-1931) French psychologist and sociologist
Thanks go out to l. k. hanson, who illustrated this quotation in his "you don't say" in the Star Tribune.