- "Mass movements do not usually rise until the prevailing order has been discredited.
- "The discrediting is not an automatic result of the blunders and abuses of those in power, but the deliberate work of men of words with a grievance. "
- "The preliminary work of undermining existing institutions, of familiarising the masses with the idea of change, and of creating a receptivity to a new faith, can be done only by men who are, first and foremost, talkers or writers. . . "
- "The masses listen to him because they know that his words, however urgent, cannot have immediate results. The authorities either ignore him or use mild methods to muzzle him"
- "Thus imperceptibly the man of words undermines established institutions, discredits those in power, weakens prevailing beliefs and loyalties, and sets the stage for the rise of a mass movement."