Edward Bernays quotes

  • If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Knowing #Mind #Groups

  • Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Giving #Looks #Moments

  • If we understand the mechanisms and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Thinking #Numbers #Knowing

  • The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Country #Intelligent #Government

  • The American motion picture is the greatest unconscious carrier of propaganda in the world today. It is a great distributor for ideas and opinions. The motion picture can standardize the ideas and habits of a nation. Because pictures are made to meet market demands, they reflect, emphasize and even exaggerate broad popular tendencies, rather than stimulate new ideas and opinions. The motion picture avails itself only of ideas and facts which are in vogue. As the newspaper seeks to purvey news, it seeks to purvey entertainment.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Ideas #News #World

  • The engineering of consent is the very essence of the democratic process, the freedom to persuade and suggest.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Freedom #Engineering #Essence

  • We are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Numbers #Mind #Wire

  • Small groups of persons can, and do, make the rest of us think what they please about a given subject. But there are usually proponents and opponents of every propaganda, both of whom are equally eager to convince the majority.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Thinking #Competition #Majority

  • In the ethical sense, propaganda bears the same relation to education as to business or politics. It may be abused. It may be used to over-advertise an institution and to create in the public mind artificial values. There can be no absolute guarantee against its misuse.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Mind #Guarantees #May

  • The great enemy of any attempt to change men's habits is inertia. Civilization is limited by intertia.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Men #Civilization #Enemy

  • Propaganda will never die out. Intelligent men must realize that propaganda is the modern instrument by which they can fight for productive ends and help to bring order out of chaos.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Fighting #Intelligent #Men

  • If you can influence the leaders, either with or without their conscious cooperation, you automatically influence the group which they sway.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Leader #Groups #Cooperation

  • No serious sociologist any longer believes that the voice of the people expresses any divine or specially wise and lofty idea. The voice of the people expresses the mind of the people, and that mind is made up for it by the group leaders in whom it believes and by those persons who understand the manipulation of public opinion. It is composed of inherited prejudices and symbols and clichés and verbal formulas supplied to them by the leaders.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Wise #Believe #Ideas

  • The three main elements of public relations are practically as old as society: informing people, persuading people, or integrating people with people. Of course, the means and methods of accomplishing these ends have changed as society has changed.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Mean #People #Three

  • Men (people) are rarely aware of the real reasons which motivate their actions.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Real #Men #People

  • Any person or organization depends ultimately on public approval, and is therefore faced with the problem of engineering the public's consent to a program or goal.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Engineering #Organization #Goal

  • If you can influence the leaders, either with or without their conscious cooperation, you automatically influence the group which they sway. But men do not need to be actually gathered together in a public meeting or in a street riot, to be subject to the influences of mass psychology. Because man is by nature gregarious he feels himself to be member of a herd, even when he is alone in his room with the curtains drawn.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Leadership #Men #Psychology

  • We have voluntarily agreed to let an invisible government sift the data and high-spot the outstanding issues so that our field of choice shall be narrowed to practical proportions. From our leaders and the media they use to reach the public, we accept the evidence and the demarcation of issues bearing upon public questions; from some ethical teacher, be it a minister, a favorite essayist, or merely prevailing opinion, we accept a standardized code of social conduct to which we conform most of the time.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Leadership #Teacher #Issues

  • This is an age of mass production. In the mass production of materials a broad technique has been developed and applied to their distribution. In this age, too, there must be a technique for the mass distribution of ideas.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Ideas #Age #Technique

  • The counsel on public relations is not an advertising man but he advocates for advertising where that is indicated. Very often he is called in by an advertising agency to supplement its work on behalf of a client. His work and that of the advertising agency do not conflict with or duplicate each other.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Men #Agency #Clients

  • The public is not cognizant of the real value of education, and does not realize that education as a social force is not receiving the kind of attention it has the right to expect in a democracy.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Real #Democracy #Attention

  • The systematic study of mass psychology revealed to students the potentialities of invisible government of society by manipulation of the motives which actuate man in the group.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Men #Psychology #Manipulation

  • In some departments of our daily life, in which we imagine ourselves free agents, we are ruled by dictators exercising great power.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Exercise #Power #Agents

  • A single factory, potentially capable of supplying a whole continent with its particular product, cannot afford to wait until the public asks for its product; it must maintain constant touch, through advertising and propaganda, with the vast public in order to assure itself the continuous demand which alone will make its costly plant profitable.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Order #Waiting #Demand

  • Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Numbers #Together #Humans

  • Our invisible governors are, in many cases, unaware of the identity of their fellow members in the inner cabinet.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Identity #Cabinets #Invisible

  • We govern what the public think about.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Thinking

  • The minority has discovered a powerful help in influencing majorities. It has been found possible so to mold the mind of the masses that they will throw their newly gained strength in the desired direction. In the present structure of society, this practice is inevitable. Whatever of social importance is done today, whether in politics, finance, manufacture, agriculture, charity, education, or other fields, must be done with the help of propaganda. Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Powerful #Practice #Agriculture

  • As civilization has become more complex, and as the need for invisible government has been increasingly demonstrated, the technical means have been invented and developed by which opinion may be regimented.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Mean #Government #Civilization

  • Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Government #Arms #Invisible

  • Modern business must have its finger continuously on the public pulse. It must understand the changes in the public mind and be prepared to interpret itself fairly and eloquently to changing opinion.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Mind #Pulse #Opinion

  • I believe that competition in the future will not be only an advertising competition between individual products or between big associations, but that it will in addition be a competition of propaganda.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Believe #Competition #Association

  • The invisible government tends to be concentrated in the hands of the few because of the expense of manipulating the social machinery which controls the opinions and habits of the masses. To advertise on a scale which will reach fifty million persons is expensive. To reach and persuade the group leaders who dictate the public's thoughts and actions is likewise expensive.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Government #Hands #Leader

  • We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Men #Ideas #Numbers

  • The normal school should provide for the training of the educator to make him realize that his is a twofold job: education as a teacher and education as a propagandist.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Education #Teacher #Jobs

  • Just as women supplement men in private life, so they will supplement men in public life by concentrating their organized efforts on those objects which men are likely to ignore. There is a tremendous field for women as active protagonists of new ideas and new methods of political and social housekeeping. When organized and conscious of their power to influence their surroundings, women can use their newly acquired freedom in a great many ways to mold the world into a better place to live in.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Freedom #Men #Ideas

  • It is not necessary for the politician to be the slave of the public's group prejudices, if he can learn how to mold the mind of the voters in conformity with his own ideas of public welfare and public service. The important thing for the statesman of our age is not so much to know how to please the public, but to know how to sway the public. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Country #Government #Ideas

  • In theory, everybody buys the best and cheapest commodities offered to him on the market. In practice, if every one went around pricing, and chemically testing before purchasing, the dozens of soaps or fabrics or brands of bread which are for sale, economic life would become hopelessly jammed.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Practice #Fabric #Dozen

  • It is sometimes possible to change the attitudes of millions but impossible to change the attitude of one man.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Attitude #Men #Impossible

  • The best defense against propaganda: more propaganda.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Defense #Propaganda

  • The best place to find things: the public library.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Library #Public Library

  • We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Men #Ideas #Mind

  • Mass production is only profitable if its rhythm can be maintained.. that is, if it can continue to sell its product in steady or increasing quantity. The result is that while, under the handicraft or small-unit system of production that was typical a century ago, demand created the supply, today supply must actively seek to create its corresponding demand.
    -- Edward Bernays

    #Today #Typical #Demand