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58 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Jon Ronson That Will Keep You Clear-Headed

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Jon Ronson is an illustrious Welsh screenwriter, journalist, radio presenter, author and documentary filmmaker. He is considered to be a gonzo journalist who becomes a faux-naif character in his stories. Some of his most famous works include ‘The Psychopath Test’, ‘The Men Who Stare At Goats’, ‘So Your Have Been Publicly Shamed’, ‘Lost At The Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries’ and various others. He has gained recognition of his informal but dubious inquisition of science and controversially edging politics. His thoughts, writings and works have been published in ‘Time Out’ and ‘The Guardian, City Life’. His works also include two documentary series for ‘Channel 4’ and a number of documentary films for ‘BBC Television’. Read through the quotable quotes and sayings by Jon Ronson that will give you insights about the multi-faceted star. Presenting quotes and thoughts by Jon Ronson on relationship, weird, people, funny, journalism, moment, surprised, life, philosophy, end, accept, possible etc.

‎I have panicked unnecessarily in all four corners of the globe.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

I wondered if sometimes the difference between a psychopath in Broadmoor and a psychopath on Wall Street was the luck of being born into a stable, rich family.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

Friends are the fruitcake of life - some nutty, some soaked in alcohol, some sweet.

- Jon Ronson

But we know that people are complicated and have a mixture of flaws and talents and sins. So why do we pretend that we don’t?

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

Most goat-related military activity is still highly classified.

- The Men Who Stare at Goats, Jon Ronson

Oh, you know what bloggers are like, they write and write and write. I don't know why, because they're not being paid.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

We are defining the boundaries of normality by tearing apart the people outside it.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

We aren't all good people just trying to do good. Some of us are psychopaths. And psychopaths are to blame for this brutal, mis-shapen society.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

The snowflake never needs to feel responsible for the avalanche.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

That's an incredibly depressing thought," I said "that if you're in a room and at one end lies madness and at the other end lies sanity it is human nature to veer towards the madness end.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

Feeling no remorse must be a blessing when all you have are your memories

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

We see ourselves as nonconformist, but I think all of this is creating a more conformist, conservative age.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

There is nothing I dislike more in the world than people who care more about ideology than they do about people.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

We were creating a world where the smartest way to survive is to be bland.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

We’re creating a culture where people feel constantly surveilled, where people are afraid to be themselves.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

I couldn't see where the collection of Burger King figurines fit in, but I supposed there was no reason why psychopaths shouldn't have unrelated hobbies.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

Trying to prove you’re not a psychopath is even harder than trying to prove you’re not mentally ill,’ said Tony.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

I suppose that when shamings are delivered like remotely administered drone strikes nobody needs to think about how ferocious our collective power might be.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

If you want to get away with wielding true, malevolent power, be boring.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

People who are normal (i.e., sane, sensible) don’t try to open lines of communication with total strangers by writing them a series of disjointed, weird, cryptic messages.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

I’ve always believed society to be a fundamentally rational thing, but what if it isn’t? What if it is built on insanity?

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

Ask a victim to look at the positive things and she’ll say, ‘I can’t. My eyes are swollen,

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

Bedlam: an institution with a history so fearsome it gave its name to a synonym for chaos and pandemonium.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

Serial killers ruin families,’ shrugged Bob. ‘Corporate and political and religious psychopaths ruin economies. They ruin societies.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

As soon as the victim steps out of the pact by refusing to feel ashamed,” he said, “the whole thing crumbles.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

Shall we go?' he murmured, perhaps regretting his decision to show me his army of plastic cartoon figurines.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

Wow," I say, politely, but I don't feel it. I'm like a sociopath when it comes to expensive cars. I feel no emotion.

- Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, Jon Ronson

[W]e need to think twice about raining down vengeance and anger as our default position.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

What a brilliant cover story. In a success-obsessed society like this one, what's the best rock to hide something under? It's the rock called failure.

- The Men Who Stare at Goats, Jon Ronson

I closed the manual. “I wonder if I’ve got any of the 374 mental disorders,” I thought. I opened the manual again. And I instantly diagnosed myself with twelve different ones.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

I suspect it was probably unusual to suffer from both Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Malingering, unproductiveness tending to make me feel anxious, but there it was. I had both.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

But with social media, we’ve created a stage for constant artificial high drama. Every day a new person emerges as a magnificent hero or a sickening villain.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

It may very well be that the frotteurist is a helpless victim in the clutches of his obsession, but it’s equally possible that he’s simply a bored creep looking for a cheap thrill.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

If anyone should change their behaviour, I thought, it ought to be those doing the shaming.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

TV is just troubled people being booed these days.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

I think our natural disposition as humans is to plod along until we get old and stop. But with social media, we've created a stage for constant artificial high drama.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

If you couldn't kill your adversaries, or keep them imprisoned for ever, there was surely only one option left in the Colonel Alexander canon: you change their minds.

- The Men Who Stare at Goats, Jon Ronson

You combine insecurity and ambition, and you get an inability to say no to things.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

For all our mythologizing, the margins can be painful and some people are there because they have no choice.

- Frank: The True Story That Inspired the Movie, Jon Ronson

As somebody back then wrote, “Facebook is where you lie to your friends, Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

For the first hundred years, as far as I could tell, all that happened in America was that various people named Nathaniel had purchased land near rivers.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

I’d been beguiled by the new technology—a toddler crawling toward a gun.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

Shame internalized can lead to agony.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

What we do, when we fuck up, we don’t lose our job. We lose our vocation.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

We don’t want obvious exploitation. We want smoke-and-mirrors exploitation.

- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

One man was saying, ‘It cost me a new SUV for my wife,’” Andrew said. “Another said, ‘It cost me a cruise to the Bahamas and a new kitchen.’ Everyone was laughing.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

What we believe is constantly reinforced by people who believe the same thing.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

Their puffed-out cheeks are beetroot-red, making them resemble sweaty, meat-smeared squirrels.

- Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, Jon Ronson

Goebbels thinks that no one since the Frenchman LeBon has understood the mind of the masses as well as he,” wrote Goebbels’s aide Rudolf Semmler in his wartime diary.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

He had twenty followers. Some were people I knew from real life, who were probably wondering why I’d suddenly become so passionate about fusion cooking and candid about dreaming about cock.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

When I was writing my biography of LeBon,” Bob Nye told me, “he seemed to me the biggest asshole in the whole of creation.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

If I had a spouse and two kids to support I certainly would not be telling ‘jokes’ like he was doing at a conference.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

When shamings are delivered like remotely administered drone strikes, nobody needs to think about how ferocious our collective power might be. The snowflake never needs to feel responsible for the avalanche.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

The powerful, crazy, cruel people were now us. It felt like we were soldiers making war on other people’s flaws, and there had suddenly been an escalation in hostilities.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

A crowd is only impressed by excessive sentiments. Exaggerate, affirm, resort to repetition, and never attempt to prove anything by reasoning.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

In the middle sat Brad Blanton. He was a large man. His shirt, open to his chest, was yellow-white, like his hair. With his sunburned face, he looked like a red ball abandoned in dirty snow.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

In a crowd we are “microbes” infecting everyone around us, a “grain of sand amid other grains of sand, which the wind stirs up at will.” We are impulsive, irritable, irrational:

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

Social scientists have written papers analyzing Eshelman’s every move in there, including the strange detail that the more brutally he behaved, the more American South his accent sounded.

- So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson