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In terms, people (LH:11) refers to humans, in the plural sense, making up a group or assembly of linked by a common interest; the mass of a community as distinguished from a special class; a body of persons that are united by a common culture, tradition, or sense of kinship, that typically have common language, institutions, and beliefs, that often constitute a politically organized group.[1]


The following are related quotes:

“You’ve no notion of how stupid most people are.”
Arthur Schopenhauer (c.1830), Dialogue on Religion (voice of Demopheles) (pg. 21)
“What constitutes a people, a unity, a whole, becomes in the end an agglomeration of individuals lacking cohesion, and artificially held together for a time by its traditions and institutions. It is at this stage that men, divided by their interests and aspirations, and incapable any longer of self-government, require directing in their pettiest acts, and that the state exerts an absorbing influence. With the definite loss of the old ideal of genius, the race entirely disappears, it is a mere swarm of isolated individuals and returns to its original state—that of crowds. Its civilization is not without stability, and at the mercy of every chance.”
Gustave Bons (1895), The Crowd (pg. 239); cited by Newell Sims (1924) in Society and Surplus (pgs. 321-22)
Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people.”
John Wiley (1995), “Phenomena, Comments, and Notes”, Smithsonian Magazine, Dec [2]
“If Jesus, and Muhammad, and Abraham, and Moses, had never been born, which in any case I tend to doubt, or if all the stories told about them were untruth, as was suddenly found, and everyone had to admit it, some people, I know, would go into a panic, [thinking]: ‘now what will we do, we have no morals suddenly?’ What could be more nonsensical than that?”
Christopher Hitchens (c.2009), Video debate (2:34-); related to a “destruction of John Haldane”, supposedly

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See also


  1. Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary (2000) (CD-version).
  2. Wiley, John P. (1995). “Phenomena, Comments & Notes: Today’s physics allow outrageous possibilities: faster-than-light travel across the galaxy, or even our learning to make new universes to specification” (WB), Smithsonian Magazine, Dec.
  3. People are chemicals (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.

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