…that the time has come: they are off, and have begun once more that great southward flight which many will not survive; anyone seeing this has seen at work the current that flows (among creatures who think of themselves primarily as part of a group and only secondarily, if at all, as individuals) to fuse them together and impel them into action without conscious thought or will: has seen at work the angel which drove the First Crusade into Antioch and drives the lemmings into the sea.
Richard Adams -- Watership Down
The following Tibetan verses, for example, from two hymns of the poet-saint Milarepa, were composed about the time that Pope Urban II was preaching the First Crusade: Amid the City of Illusoriness of the Six World-Planes The chieffactor is the sin and obscuration born of evil works; Therein the being followeth dictates of likes and dislikes, And findeth ne’er the time to know Equality: Avoid, 0 my son, likes and dislikes.
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
The years of his glory washed back to him upon the rolling tides of rhetoric—the great lost days of the first crusade when the money barons trembled beneath the shadow of the Cross of Gold, and Bryan!