To speak of certain government and establishment institutions as 'the system' is to speak correctly . . . They are sustained by structural relationships even when they have lost all other meaning and purpose. People arrive at a factory and perform a totally meaningless task from eight to five without question because the structure demands it be that way. There's no villain, no 'mean guy' who wants them to live meaningless lives, it's just that the structure, the system demands it and no one is willing to take on the formidable task of changing the structure just because it is meaningless.
— Robert M. Pirsig
Men, it has been well said, think in herds. It will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
— Charles Mackay
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
— Albert Einstein
Jana marulo jatre marulo.
Is it that the people are stupid, or is the crowd stupid?
— Kannada Proverb note
First they came for the Jews
Then they came for the Communists
Then they came for the trade unionists
Then they came for me
— Martin Niemller, German Pastor, 1943
Watch the buggers dance,
Watch 'em 'til they drop,
Keep your wits about you and you stand on top!
Masters of the land
Always get our share
Clear away the barricades and we're still there!
— The Thenardiers at the end of Les MisÚrables as they express the Fox mentality
Isn't this just great!?! While you waste my time, Earth gets one step closer to being taken over! That's my problem right there! My problem is that the human race seems to want to be destroyed!
— Dib, Invader Zim
"Evil prevails when good men fail to act." Since they always fail to act, it's easier just to say, "Evil prevails."
Look at these people
Amazing how sheep will
Show up for the slaughter
No one condemning
You lined up like lemmings
You lead to the water
Dr Horrible, Slipping