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Perception is reality. Lee Atwater
Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation. Henry A. Kissinger
The national will is the supreme law of the Republic, and on all subjects within the limits of his constitutional powers should be faithfully obeyed by the public servant. Martin Van Buren
Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it. Martha Gellhorn
Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits. Walter Bagehot
The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience. Harper Lee
The voice of the majority is no proof of justice. Friedrich Schiller
I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted. Alan Turing
Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium. Cyril Connolly
Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one. Thomas Carlyle
I do not want the voice of the people shut out. Huey Long
The history of the world is the record of the weakness, frailty and death of public opinion. Samuel Butler
Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect. Herbert Spencer
The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become. Mark Twain
Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey. Denis Diderot
We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality. Thomas Babington Macaulay
The public is a bad guesser. Thomas de Quincey
The President is the last person in the world to know what the people really want and think. James A. Garfield
Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct. Jane Austen
In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government. Thomas Carlyle
The number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion. Lewis Mumford
Public opinion is a second conscience. William R. Alger
In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own. Alexis de Tocqueville
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds. Samuel Adams
I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know. Epicurus
No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion. Carrie Chapman Catt
Let the people think they govern and they will be governed. William Penn
The writer is the engineer of the human soul. Joseph Stalin
In politics, being ridiculous is more damaging than being extreme. Roy Hattersley
It is impossible to please all the world and one's father. Jean de La Fontaine
Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings. Walter Lippmann
Universities should be safe havens where ruthless examination of realities will not be distorted by the aim to please or inhibited by the risk of displeasure. Kingman Brewster, Jr.
Prosperity makes few friends. Luc de Clapiers
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd. Bertrand Russell
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. Robert Frost
The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that, being stupid, affectionate, gregarious, and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones. Northrop Frye
Unless the great majority of Americans not only have, but believe they have, a fair chance, the better American future will be dangerously compromised. Herbert Croly
In government offices which are sensitive to the vehemence and passion of mass sentiment public men have no sure tenure. They are in effect perpetual office seekers, always on trial for their political lives, always required to court their restless constituents. Walter Lippmann
It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion. Joseph Goebbels
The public have neither shame or gratitude. William Hazlitt
Washington is like a self-sealing tank on a military aircraft. When a bullet passes through, it closes up. Dean Acheson
A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement. Abba Eban
That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false. Paul Valery
The success of any great moral enterprise does not depend upon numbers. William Lloyd Garrison
The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth. Edith Sitwell
Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt. Friedrich Nietzsche
There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in, but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens. Leon Trotsky
My role isn't to be politically smart. My role is to do what's right under the constitution. And if that's politically unpopular, so be it. Rose Bird
Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given to public opinion. James F. Cooper
Thanks in part to Swedish research, home abortion is now predictively safe and effective and preferred by women around the globe. America is the exception. Ingrid S. Andersson
If you're a politician and all you care about is staying in office, you're worried about a small group of voters in your district who vote in the primary. If you're a corporation, you need to be much more in synch with public opinion, because you're appealing to people across the spectrum. Ironically, a lot of corporations have to be far more democratic than democratically elected officials. Bradley Tusk
History is neither a political fable in which all the brothers are valiant and all the sisters virtuous, nor is it a tabloid expose, full of crimes and follies, signifying nothing but victimization. There is, I must admit, a caustic delight in unveiling the frailties of our Jeffersons and our Lincolns, but the delight turns malevolent when it serves only to strip the American past of anything remarkable or exceptional, or when it demeans or discourages civic engagement and confidence. Allen C. Guelzo
If we criticize the States, it's because we love the States. But we love a certain representation of the States. We love Lincoln. We love Kennedy. We love Roosevelt and the New Deal. We love the Founding Fathers. We love the creativity. We don't like the rifle association. Romain Nadal
Our representatives are betrayers of the people. William Lloyd Garrison
Historic opportunities are missed because we fixate on what folks say they want. And what folks say they want in business and politics is limited to what they believe is possible. Josh Tetrick
A nation with no equality, no solidarity, and no belief in its own cause is not a nation worth fighting for. It is not a nation that a young woman or a young man will kill and get killed for. Ari Shavit
I listen with attention to the judgment of all men; but so far as I can remember, I have followed none but my own.. Michel de Montaigne
Observer's Paradox: How you are doing in the polls will affect how you are doing in the polls. Alexandra Petri
The Republicans insisted on 60 days to review this deal but most of them made up their mind in less than 5 minutes. Claire McCaskill
If the gentlemen from the South really want to take such action, let them propose a constitutional amendment that will deny to the colored people of the country equality of rights under the Constitution, and see how far they will get with the American people. Wayne L. Morse
The average member of the public thinks of 'business' as an impersonal corporate entity, owned by the very rich and managed by over-paid executives. Lewis F. Powell Jr.
We can go to the American people on this issue of winning the war [against terrorism]. We can go to the country on this issue because they trust the Republican Party to do a better job of protecting and strengthening America's military might and thereby protecting America. Karl Rove
Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas. Natalie Maines
... as an observer of the actual condition of Egyptian society, I cannot shut my eyes to the fact that popular government, as we understand it, is for a longer time than anyone can foresee at present out of the question. The people neither comprehend it nor desire it. They would come to singular grief if they had it. Alfred Milner
If we we were to intentionally set out to cause the extinction of a species, we should think about that. I would want there to be some consideration and reflection of a social consensus before we take that step. Henry T. Greely
... it is much more likely that the reports of flying saucers are the results of known irrational characteristics of terrestrial intelligence rather than the unknown effects of extra-terrestrial intelligence. Richard P. Feynman
... a metropolis rarely of one mind John Strausbaugh
The virtue, spirit, and essence of a House of Commons consists in its being the express image of the feelings of the nation. It was not instituted to be a control upon the people, as of late it has been taught Edmund Burke
In France anti-Americanism applies to only a fraction of the elite. Do you know a lot of young people who don’t want to go to the USA. Nicolas Sarkozy
South African ministers are anxious to deal out fair treatment, but are hampered by public opinion…and a degree of racial prejudice of which they themselves, as individuals, are largely free. Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes; Lord Crewe
What will foreign nations say to our shame, if we allow them to live together by hundreds, like brutes, in utter licentiousness, and do not provide herein as for our own countrymen? Hendrick van Reede
Foreigners see in our society virtues that we have not seen and problems that we have not seen. George F. Kennan
Religions cannot solve the economic, political and social problems of this earth. However, they can indeed provide what obviously cannot be attained by economic plans, political programs or legal regulations alone: They can effect a change in the inner orientation, the whole mentality, the "hearts," of people Hans Kung
There is no cause so right that one cannot find a fool following it. Larry Niven
The majority is always sane. Larry Niven
44 percent of the American People actually believe that Jesus, a historical figure, is sometime in the next 50 years, going to come down from the sky like some superhero, get the bad guys, and all will be right with the world. Sam Harris
You will not have to make war there only with arms, but also with public opinion Juan Manuel Belgrano
My chief weapon is public opinion: The Spaniards, incapable of directing it, have prohibited its use; but now they are experiencing its force and importance. Jose de San Martin
I prefer to descend from the throne with honor rather than to go on reigning as a sovereign who has been dishonored and degraded. Those born in Brazil no longer want me, for the reason that I am Portuguese. I have been expecting this for a long time, have seen it coming ever since I visited Minas. My son has the advantage over me in that he is a Brazilian by birth. The Brazilians respect him. He will have no difficulty in governing, and the constitution will guarantee him his rights. I renounce the crown with the glory of ending as I began – constitutionally. Pedro I
According to the weight of opinion, impeachable offenses include, not merely acts that are indictable, but serious misbehavior which may be considered as coming within the category of high crimes and misdemeanors Charles Evans Hughes
We may blunder on in spite of repeated miscalculations of the popular will Leonard Henry Courtney
I can walk the length of the country at night only guided by the light of my effigies burning. John Jay
It should be remembered, as an axiom of eternal truth in politics, that whatever power in any government is independent, is absolute also; in theory only, at first, while the spirit of the people is up, but in practice, as fast as that relaxes. Independence can be trusted nowhere but with the people in mass. Thomas Jefferson
The people’s priorities are our priorities. The people’s concerns are our concerns. Tony Blair
Any great war must be a popular movement. William Gibbs McAdoo
The essence of American politics consists of the manipulation of populism by elitism. Christopher Hitchens
Wall Street is the colossal and aggregate Benedict Arnold of the Union, and the syndicated Judas Iscariot of humanity. Sacramento Evening Bee
Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion has drawn indelible lines of distinction between them. Thomas Jefferson
Leaders respond when they perceive that there will be a political cost of inaction. Don Cheadle
Does General Grant think I care what the newspapers say? William Tecumseh Sherman
A good war televises well; a bad war televises poorly. David Halberstam
The voice of the people needs a whole art of harmonic transcription to be understood. William Bolitho
It is not to be expected of men who live for the sole purpose of enjoying official station, that they shall ever be manly, noble or independent. They slavishly cower before every storm that threatens their opinions with popular condemnation, and make haste to trim their sails to catch the passing breeze of public favor. Washington DC Union
Although anti-Slavery is weak in political circles, it was never stronger with the masses of the people. The great heart of the country is sound. Thousands and millions of true men all over the North wait but the occasion for a practical demonstration of their power, to show how firm is their attachment to the principles of freedom, and how deeply they scorn the shallow fools who have the impertinence to talk about "crushing out" those principles. We expect to see Slavery go on pressing and pushing the advantages it derived from the adjustment of 1850, till a reaction is created that will again convulse the country to its center. Slavery is imperious, encroaching, truculent, belligerent. Its own conduct will thus ultimately generate an explosive force that must blow it to atoms. New York Tribune
A universal feeling, whether well or ill-founded, cannot be safely disregarded. Abraham Lincoln
The public must be assured that prosecutorial decisions are made on legal and not political grounds. David Inglesias
Polls are not the instruments of the mob. They offer the prospect of leadership wedded to a finely calibrated measurement of opinion. Dick Morris
Internet referendums will not, in the beginning, have any legally binding effect, but they will be politically binding. Dick Morris
It isn't worth trying to lead if your people won't follow. Jerry Moriarty
There are so many people in the country who don't like me. William Howard Taft
We’re not going to win this war through polling. Lindsey Graham
If I were in authority in Singapore indefinitely without having to ask those who are governed whether they like what is being done, then I would not have the slightest doubt that I could govern much more effectively in their interests. Lee Kuan Yew
Television has spread the habit of instant reaction and has stimulated the hope of instant results. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
When the political and military levels … want to initiate operational war they want to gain as much public support as possible. So whether they do it deliberately or not, they tend to promise that it will be much better than the way that it really could be. Now when the reality comes true and suddenly the results … are different from the expectations and the promises, then the frustration comes to be a very important factor. Giora Eiland
In this kind of war a natural gap exists between the expectations of the of the politicians, of the public opinion, of the press and the real capacity of the armed forces to deliver. The gap is a characteristic of this kind of war. The gap is related the four dimensions: To the duration of the war; to the number of casualties; to the damage to the innocent civilians on the other side; and, what is more important, is the solution to the problem of the question of whether or not a decisive victory can or cannot be achieved. Giora Eiland
No polity that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can by permanently maintained. Abraham Lincoln
Psychology, not economics, holds down public support for freer trade. Daniel Drezner
The first thing that any President must do to lead effectively on economic issues is to persuade the country that trade matters. Daniel Drezner
There is a disturbing American tendency to overreact to certain ideological and military factors while overlooking issues of vastly greater relevance to our safety and well being. A civil insurrection in Santo Domingo or Vietnam is dramatic, but what is its significance compared with such quiet challenges as the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the surging of nationalism and social upheavals in the developing world, or the mounting crisis of hunger and population. George McGovern
George W. Bush let people die on rooftops in New Orleans because they were black and poor. Claire McCaskill
We Want Bread! Anonymous
Traditional African tribal government was entirely different from Parliamentary democracy in the sense that we understand it. The essence of our system is we can change our Government, and therefore change or even reverse the policy it is pursuing, without bloodshed or violence, by the simple process of persuading our fellow citizens to put their vote in the ballot box. But once a Chief, after fullest consultation with his Council, had arrived at a decision, any further argument or opposition became treasonable. That is why in Africa you can never have a "loyal opposition". It follows from this that when the multi-party system of Parliamentary Government has been tried out in Africa, it has almost always become one-party rule. William Francis Hare
They’re invading. Tom Tancredo
It’s our responsibility to read the newspapers and then say it is our opinion. Trey Parker
Riot is the voice of the unheard. Maxine Waters
Whoever imposes severe punishment becomes repulsive to the people; while he who awards mild punishment becomes contemptible. But whoever imposes punishment as deserved becomes respectable. Chanakya
Unlike any other nation, here the people rule, and their will is the supreme law. William McKinley
Whatever people think, is. Otis Singletary
A thing is important if anyone think it important.. William James
Say what is true, although what may be bitter and displeasing to people. Muhammad
Democracy is necessarily despotism, as it establishes an executive power contrary to the general will; all being able to decide against one whose opinion may differ, the will of all is therefore not that of all: which is contradictory and opposite to liberty. Immanuel Kant
The vast majority of the peoples of the world are against war and against aggression. If they make their wishes known and effective, war can be stopped. It all depends on whether they are willing to make the effort necessary for the purpose Robert Cecil; Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
What we have to do is to be forever curiously testing new opinions and courting new impressions. Walter Pater
The theory of democratic government is not that the will of the people is always right, but rather that normal human beings of average intelligence will, if given a chance, learn the right and best course by bitter experience. W. E. B. Du Bois
Politicians do what they hear from the American people. John C. Danforth
We have been obliged to respond to the compulsions of our society. Pervez Musharraf
A key reason that most Israeli counterterrorism policies have enjoyed sustained popular support is that they have been subjected to public debate. Daniel Byman
What a people believes, even if untrue, has the same influence over their lives as if it were true. Philip Khuri Hitti
There is no way of influencing men so powerfully as by means of the women. These should therefore be our chief study; we should insinuate ourselves into their good opinion, give them hints of emancipation from the tyranny of public opinion, and of standing up for themselves; it will be an immense relief to their enslaved minds to be freed from any one bond of restraint, and it will fire them the more, and cause them to work for us with zeal, without knowing that they do so, for they will only be indulging their own desire of personal admiration Illuminati
Nothing would be more profitable to us than a right history of mankind. Despotism has robbed them of their liberty. How can the weak obtain protection? Only by union; but this is rare. Nothing can bring this about but hidden societies. Hidden schools of wisdom are the means which will one day free men from their bonds. These have in all ages been the archives of nature, and the rights of men; and by them shall human nature be raised from her fallen state. Princes and nations shall vanish from the earth. The human race will then become one family, and the world will be the dwelling of Rational Men. Adam Weishaupt
Sometimes people who know our societies hate us worse that those who don’t… People who are our intellectual and educational equals feel humiliation even more so that the … peasant who is used to being downtrodden…. Yaroslav Trofimov
It’s a fact that minds are poisoned throughout the Middle East. Yaroslav Trofimov
No religious consensus is possible in the United States, and to impose one would be both unconstitutional and unjust. Charles C. Haynes
One lesson of history is that moral force counts. Nicholas Kristof
We’re the owners of this country. We don’t act like the owners. We act like white rabbits that get programmed by messages coming out of Washington. Ross Perot
The last thing you want to do is read the latest poll and then make policy. Dick Cheney
I am not liked as a president by the politicians in office, in the press, or in Congress. But I am content to abide the judgment—the sober second thought—of the people Rutherford B. Hayes
There can be no complete and permanent reform of the civil service until public opinion emancipates congressmen from all control and influence over government patronage . . . No proper legislation is to be expected as long as members of Congress are engaged in procuring offices for their constituents Rutherford B. Hayes
To be persuasive we must be believable. To be believable, we must be truthful. Edward R. Murrow
The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them Albert Einstein
Government exists to protect the interests of the powerful from the will of the people. Vince Taylor
If people really knew, the war would be stopped tomorrow. But of course they don't know, and can't know. The correspondents don't write and the censorship wouldn't pass the truth. What they do send is not the war, but just a pretty picture of the war with everybody doing gallant deeds. The thing is horrible and beyond human nature to bear and I feel I can't go on with this bloody business. David Lloyd George
There is a vast mass of opinion in this country represented neither by the politicians nor by the Press, and considerably saner than either. E. D. Morel
The labor movement has failed to capture the support of the public at large. Thomas E. Mann
Although elections are not perfect tools for democracy, they reinforce the relationship between the people and their leaders, empowering citizens to remove and replace their governments in a peaceful and orderly manner. The only basis for a peaceful society is providing people with the opportunity to express their opinions and their will, and elections are instrumental in doing so. Seri Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid
In this job you are going to write things and say things. Some people will hate them and some people will love them. That goes with the job and I respect the right of the people to have views and express them. Aberto Gonzales
Where is the evidence that Washington's world view sways the multitude of nations? To enlist support for its wars in Korea, Vietnam and in the Gulf, the United States had to resort to a lot of bribery and threats. At the United Nations, the US has, with noteworthy regularity, been on the minority side in voting on resolutions. William Blum
The Senate of the United States has been both extravagantly praised and unreasonably disparaged, according to the predisposition and temper of its various critics…. The truth is, in this case as in so many others, something quite commonplace and practical. The Senate is just what the mode of its election and the conditions of public life in this country make it. Woodrow Wilson
The newspapers, magazines and other journals of the country, it is safe to say, have shed and continue to shed, more light on the public and business affairs of, the nation than any other instrumentality of public; and since informed public opinion is the most potent of all restraints upon misgovernment, the suppression or abridgment of the publicity afforded by a free press cannot be regarded otherwise than with grave concern. George Sutherland
The overwhelming majority of people in this country know how to sift the wheat from the chaff in what they hear and what they read. They know that the process of the constructive rebuilding of America cannot be done in a day or a year, but that it is being done in spite of the few who seek to confuse them and to profit by their confusion. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I will not change my beliefs to win votes. I will offer a choice, not an echo. Barry Goldwater
Do we sufficiently appreciate how omnipotent is opinion in the matter of all government? Do we consider especially in how true a sense it is the creator, must be the upholder, and may be the destroyer of our united government? Rufus Choate
Public opinion, fast hastening on the downward course, must be arrested. Wendell Phillips
He got me a job. He saved my home. I didn’t know him but he knew me. He was my friend. Anonymous
Marriage will be defined in America. It’s just a question of whether it will be defined by the courts of defined by the people. Sam Brownback
Administrative tribunals did not come because anyone wanted them to come. They came because there seemed to be no other practical way of carrying on the affairs of government and discharging the duties and obligations which an increasingly complex social organization made it necessary for the government to perform....Those who have opposed the creation and extension of administrative tribunals have had the best of the argument on legal and constitutional grounds, but have been obliged to yield to an irresistible social pressure. Would it not be wise to recognize this fact, to give it a place in our legal system ... to the end that it may not become a source of tyranny and oppression? Marvin B. Rosenberry
Happy the generation where the great listen to the small, for it follows that in such a generation the small will listen to the great. Jewish Proverb
War is show business. Hilary Henkin
The President is a product. Hilary Henkin
If and when a shooting war starts, reporters will begin to wonder why American soldiers are dying for oil-rich sheiks . The US military had better get cracking to come up with a public relations plan that will supply the answers the public can accept. Hal D. Steward
I volunteered at the al-Addan hospital. While I was there, I saw the Iraqi soldiers come into the hospital with guns, and go into the room where . . . babies were in incubators. They took the babies out of the incubators, took the incubators, and left the babies on the cold floor to die. Nayirah Al-Sabah
Religion is now a matter of private judgment and observance for a majority, and thus we have become a country of not a few hundred different creeds but a few million. Joe Woodard
Public opinion is a weak tyrant, compared with our private opinion--what a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates his fate. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It will not be enough to rely on experts. Ordinary citizens must become experts too. It will take public opinion on a wide scale to ensure that world leaders act. Mikhail Gorbachev
The slave-owning South won the subsequent ideological war…the consensus of history was that the Civil War had little to do with slavery. David Davis
It’s not the mainstream. It’s just the status quo. Tom Selleck
People have made a public career out of fighting government. They slam the government and they try to destroy the bargaining rights of government employees. This is an era of unfounded anger toward government. It needs to be brought into check. Tom Keefe
The Press, which is mostly controlled by vested interests, has an excessive influence on public opinion. Albert Einstein
The American government and American politicians claim that Iran seeks to obtain nuclear weapons. They know that they are lying, as do those who hear their speeches and applaud them in various forums. Human rights are not important to them at all. You saw this with Hurricane Katrina in America. Since the people there were black, the aid that the American government could have given to them was not given. That is what the American people said – both blacks and non-blacks.… for most American governments generating crises around the world is a necessity and a tactical need, so as to distract people's attention from domestic issues and problems. That's how it has always been. Now an extremist, warmongering government is in power in America. Their interests require them to create problems in various corners of the world and to inflate other issues. They either create crises, or else they portray minor events to their people as though they are crises. This is their policy. Ali Khamenei
The power of the people is tremendous. In order to use this power, efforts, determination, dedication, and endeavors are required. If the people take action, and if the politicians and the leaders get closer to the masses of millions in their countries, no power will be able to withstand them, and no threat will affect them Ali Khamenei
We… need to recalibrate our expectations for what we access as actionable intelligence. We need to lower that threshold to the appropriate level and we need to have a higher threshold tolerance for pain in the event that we miscalculate or things go wrong or people get caught or something happens. Marshall Billingslea
The nation needs a statesman who fears not to meet and who knows how to sway immense masses of the working classes. Randolph Churchill
A most powerful objection always arises to propositions of public works. It is that public undertakings are carelessly managed and much money spent to little purpose Thomas Jefferson
…people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things the government does for others as socialism. Earl Warren
…it was far better to be known as an ex-secretary than an ex-defeated candidate for governor. Theodore Roosevelt
I can’t talk about myself that way. Whatever I did before was just in line with my work. I can’t be saying I, I, I all the time. Henry L. Stimson
The shooting war is over, here! ... with one phase over I am now up to my neck on the control phase. We will rigidly control all newspapers, films theatre, radio music, etc., in Germany! My division now publishes 8 newspapers in Germany, with 1,000,000 circulation and sends 2 million plus language papers each day by air for displaced persons and POWs. Biggest newspaper enterprise in the world. Robert Alexis McClure
So many men have been lost on the Polish front that we need replacements. There are plenty of girls in Germany who will sleep with SS men to provide soldiers for the Fuhrer. Heinrich Himmler
Public agencies should be criticized. Dana Gioia
When it is over, if it is over, this war will have horrible consequences. Instead of having one Bin Laden, we will have 100 Bin Ladens. Hosni Mubarak
You have to change people’s minds to stop inflation. Fernando Henrique Cardoso
They say they impeached me for taking my own money. I impeach the criminal conspirators, these looters and grafters, for stealing the taxpayers' money. That is what I never did .... My day will come again. From (Tammany Hall boss Michael C. Murphy's High Court of Infamy--the New York legislature--I appeal to the higher court—the court of public opinion. Let those who have failed take courage; Tho' the enemy seems to have won, Tho' his ranks be strong, if he be in the wrong, The battle is not yet done; For sure as the morning follows The darkest hour of night, No question is ever settled Until it is settled right. Posterity will do me justice. Time sets all things right. William Sulzer
This government is effectively telling the American people to go to Hell. Lou Dobbs
Congress and elected bodies always tend to react. As public bodies we are behind the people. Doc Hastings
No legislator ever got in trouble for voting against a bill that passed or for a bill that didn’t pass. Bob Dole
Any man familiar with public life realizes the foul gossip which ripples just under the surface about almost every public man, and especially about every President Theodore Roosevelt
Many people here are completely unsuitable for shaping public opinion. I am going to weed them out. Joseph Goebbels
A good government can no more exist without propaganda than propaganda can exist without a good government. Joseph Goebbels
If Truman wins, by God I'll make sure the President of the United States can speak to the country whenever he wishes. Howard McGrath
Only with a new ruler do you realize the value of the old. Burmese Proverb
The Congress is not a court of law but it is a court of public opinion. Eleanor Clift
It’s better to be quotable than to be honest. Tom Stoppard
Formerly, a nation that broke the peace did not trouble to try and prove to the world that it was done solely from higher motives…Now war has a bad conscience. Now every nation assures us that it is bleeding for a human cause, the fate of which hangs in the balance of its victory…No nation dares to admit the guilt of blood before the world. Ellen Karolina Sofia Key
Compared to publicity…internal checks upon bureaucratic misbehavior…have but negligible value. Francis E. Rourke
It can have a positive effect on public opinion worldwide if conducted properly. It is a way of conveying the Islamic point of view to Western people Sheikh Salman Al-Oadah
I have no intention of offending somebody who writes a weekly column. Robert E. Rubin
Although the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July, 1936, was followed by a far-reaching social-revolution in the anti-Franco camp -- more profound in some respects than the Bolshevik Revolution in its early stages -- millions of discerning people outside of Spain were kept in ignorance, not only of its depth and range, but even of its existence, by virtue of a policy of duplicity and dissimulation of which there is no parallel in history. Burnett Bolloten
Under no circumstances can labor here afford to arouse the fears of the great middle class for the safety of private property as a basic institution. Labor needs the support of public opinion, meaning the middle class, both rural and urban... Selig Perlmann
Political machines seek to perpetuate themselves by all sorts of tricks. They sidetrack, channelize and emasculate the popular will Sam Dolgoff; Sam Weiner; Sholem Dolgopolsky
A government, a ruling class cannot go to war if the people are unwilling and resisting. Therefore a moral and intellectual preparation is no less necessary than a technical and organizational preparation. Anton Pannekoek
If you can’t move the public, you can’t move the Congress. John Linder
To pass a big idea in this town. You almost need social unrest Alan Greenspan
There is less Francophobia in your country than there is anti-Americanism in my country. Bernard-Henri Levi
Maybe you should care sometimes about what foreign people tell you…. Maybe they have fresh eyes. Maybe we can tell Americans what other Americans think who no longer speak to each other. Bernard-Henri Levi
In any social revolution the one thing that keeps it alive is hope. Martin Luther King Jr.
we need to work harder if we're going to continue what Carl Sagan saw as a new Renaissance of discovery. One way is by explaining to the Congress and the public why it is in our national interest to get this work funded. We can win this – and do what is right by the American people – if we can get the public to understand what's at stake. William B. Richardson
America needs some honest men who dare to say what they think, not what they think people want them to think. George S. Patton
I fear that the public at home expect too prompt results. George S. Patton
Present and future conditions will determine the American public’s attitude on this war. Jeff Greenfield
Waning public support for a war tends to influence even the most stubborn of presidents Jonathan Rauch
You can’t give people enough pork to make them happy about a failure to reform. Newt Gingrich
Polls move money as much as money moves polls. Aaron Sorkin
The people are way ahead of the Congress. They are way ahead of the administration. John Murtha
Certainly the people have the right to say that they do not want to do something. Kerry Neb
There is no real public opinion in Communist countries. They are ruled by an oligarchy. Geoffrey Perret
I think if the people of this country can be reached with the truth, their judgment will be in favor of the many, as against the privileged few. Eleanor Roosevelt
The multitude is always in the wrong. Wentworth Dillon Roscommon
What the people believe is true. Anonymous
Heaven decides as the people decide. Anonymous
Let the people speak Anonymous
The perception of power is power in Washington. Anonymous
The Voice of the People is the Supreme Law [Voce Populi Lex Suprema] Anonymous
The whole world is watching Anonymous
There will be no justice until the uninjured parties are as indignant as the injured. Anonymous
The will of the people makes governments legitimate. Mohammed Abtahi
People have opinions but no knowledge. Dean Acheson
People have perceived dangers and real dangers, but to politicians, it's all the same. Gary Ackerman
A people may let a king fall and still remain a people, but if a king let his people slip from him, he is no longer a king. John Adams
Upon common theaters … the applause of the audience is of more importance to the actors than their own approbation. But upon the stage of life, while conscience claps, let the world hiss! …. If conscience disapproves, the loudest applause of the world are of little value. John Adams
Popularity was never my mistress, nor was I ever, or shall I ever be a popular man. John Adams
The [American] continent is a kind of whispering gallery and acts and speeches are reverberated from New York in all directions. John Adams
A trust of the greatest magnitude is committed to this legislature and the eyes of the world are upon you. John Adams
Report uttered by the people is everywhere a great power. Aeschylus
If one wants to pinpoint the causes of the riots, it would be this permissive climate and the misguided compassion of public opinion. Spiro Agnew
This is not going to be decided by public opinion polls. It is a national security issue. Madeleine Albright
Nor should we listen to those who say "The voice of the people is the voice of God," for the turbulence of the mob is always close to insanity. Flaccus of York (Alcuin of York)
We have the obligation to defy public opinion in the public interest. John Peter Altgeld
In the world of public opinion, the person with the bullhorn is king. Helen Alvaré
The American Motion Picture Industry will do all within its power to upbuild and strengthen the spirit of Americanism within our people. American Motion Picture Association
Politicians didn’t want to talk to their constituents about body bags that would be coming back. Kofi Annan
Only the most politically secure congressmen can afford to offend constituents. Leslie Aspin
The public is schizophrenic. Leslie Aspin
Public opinion is no more than this. What people think that other people think. Alfred Austin
Lies are sufficient to breed opinion and opinion brings on substance. Francis Bacon
The voice of the people hath some divineness in it, else how should so many men agree to be of one mind? Francis Bacon
To worship the people is to be worshipped. Francis Bacon
You have to pay attention to how a war appears on television these days, there’s no way around it. Kenneth Bacon
Campaigns are not for educating. They're for linking up with the public mood. Douglas Bailey
Abraham Lincoln and Everett Dirksen understood with singular clarity that a great and diverse people do not speak with a single voice and that adherence to a rigid ideology leaves little room for compromise and response to change. Howard Baker
You have a lot of support right now, but once you get a lot of casualties, this thing is going to change. George Ball
Television is the first truly democratic culture—the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want. Clive Barnes
There is nothing that makes more cowards and feeble men than public opinion. Henry Ward Beecher
I don’t know what the people want, but I know what is needed by the people of Israel. David Ben-Gurion
Stand not against the stream. Wisdom of Ben Sira
It’s not hard to be popular if you take a poll to find out what it means to be popular. William Bennett
Before I entered politics, when I used to appear in public everyone would applaud; now half of the people applaud, and half of them boo. Silvio Berlusconi
I am fed up with war and the clamor for war. Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg
The power and influence of public opinion has increased, and the driving force of the nosiest elements of public opinion tends in excited times to consist, not of majorities, but of minorities. Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg
Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he becomes. Bhagavad Gita
No matter how well formulated a foreign policy may be, it cannot be sustained without the informed consent of the American people. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Congress is not very good at explaining complex legislation to the public. Jeffrey Biggs
All this colonial business is a sham but we need it for elections. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
Public opinion wavers. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
When politicians try to govern by raising a wet finger to the wind or on the basis of public opinion polling, the public gets to think that all leaders are interchangeable. Conrad Black
One of the problems of being a prime minister is that you can't do what people want all at once. Tony Blair
American foreign policy decision makers should be responsible for and accountable to Americans, not to "world opinion," or "the international community" … John Bolton
You're on the elevator of public opinion when you're in the presidency. Richard Bond
I have nothing against homosexuality. I just think that in this day and age most people are not ready to accept it. Sonny Bono
Before some things can be politically expedient, they must first become popular. Bono
No more fatuous chimera ever infected the brain of man than that you can control opinions by law or direct belief by statute. William E. Borah
Our expectations of our leaders are too high—in what they can do to effect our day-to-day lives. Stephen Bosworth
The problem with polls lies not in turning the heads of voters but in destroying what little spine remains in politicians.... We've created a nation of office seekers and officeholders who operate like wind socks. Chuck Bowden
We must asks ourselves what the man on the Clapham omnibus would think. Charles Bowen
There never has been a new tax that met with public enthusiasm. John Bowis
Polls show that Americans are of two minds on many matters. Karlyn Bowman
There is a court to which I shall appeal: the court of public opinion. Charles Bradlaugh
Good politicians listen to the people. William W. Bradley
I'm listening to America, not to the pundits. William W. Bradley
All law is a dead letter without public opinion behind it. Louis D. Brandeis
Legislators, influenced by the passions and exigencies of the moment, the pressure of constituents and colleagues, and the press of business, do not always pass sober constitutional judgments on every piece of legislation they enact. William J. Brennan, Jr.
An important factor in Scotland’s economic difficulties has been the progressive loss of morale British Monopolies and Mergers Commission
The court of public opinion is open 24 hours a day. Jack Brooks
The great enemy of reason, virtue and religion, the Multitude, that numerous piece of monstrosity. Thomas Browne
Men get opinions as boys learn to spell, by reiteration chiefly. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people. Giordano Bruno
Towering over Presidents and State Governors, over Congress and State Legislatures, over conventions and the vast machinery of party, public opinion stands out in the United States, as the great source of Power. James Bryce
[Describing America:] Public opinion, which is there omnipotent, is generally right in its aims ... James Bryce
You cannot appeal from the classes to the masses. What the employer thinks, his workmen think. Of course I do not include questions specially relating to labour, in which there may be a direct conflict of interest. James Bryce
Our Union rests upon public opinion, and can never be cemented by the blood of its citizens shed in civil war. James Buchanan
You cannot let America’s destiny be determined by a bunch of foreign journalists. Pat Buchanan
declaring itself in ways more impressive to the tremulous politician than the most convincing argument. George Buckle
When the people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
The voice of the people must be heeded. Ralph Bunche
No war can be long carried on against the will of the people. Edmund Burke
If any ask me what a free government is, I answer, that for any practical purpose, it is what the people think so, and that they, and not I, are the natural, lawful, and competent judges of the matter. Edmund Burke
It is undoubtedly the business of ministers very much to consult the inclinations of the people, but they ought to take great care that they do not receive that inclination from the few persons who may happen to approach them. Edmund Burke
In effect, to follow, not to force, the public inclination,—to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislation. Edmund Burke
The individual is foolish; the multitude, for the moment is foolish, when they act without deliberation; but the species is wise, and when time is given to it, as a species it always acts right. Edmund Burke
I speak for the people I represent, so yes, my voice is heard. One reason they elected me is that their own individual voices may not be heard. Chuck Barris
America is not ready to ban abortions. George W. Bush
The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to buy a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered. Samuel Butler
I never know what South Carolina thinks. I never consult her. I act to the best of my judgment, and according to my conscience. If she approves, well and good. If she does not, or wishes any one to take my place, I am ready to vacate. John C. Calhoun
He kept his ear so close to the ground that it was full of grasshoppers. Joseph Cannon
One of the reasons we don't have a serious foreign policy is that we pay too much attention to public opinion. Thad Cantril
Reason will conclude that where multitude is, there is the truth. John Capgrave
It’s not what I as a judge believe is right. It is what I believe the normal man of reasonable ability and integrity believes is right. Benjamin N. Cardozo
Every time something has gone wrong with foreign policy, it’s been because the American people have not been involved in the process. Jimmy Carter
I could have been very popular if I had launched a military attack on Iran but I chose patience. Jimmy Carter
When the people's voice cannot be heard, that's when we make mistakes. Jimmy Carter
[Characterizing public criticism:] It only hurts for a day. William J. Casey
One can justifiably say that the decisions unanimously adopted by this great forum of Romanian Communists represents the wisdom and determination of our whole party and all our people. Nicolae Ceausescu
What, then, unites nations? Interest and sentiment. Joseph Chamberlain
How many fools does it take to make up a public? Nicolas Chamfort
War rests upon opinion. William Ellery Channing
We do not want to tie ourselves ... to the United States, because she is unreliable ... and her statesmen do not know the mind of their own country. Alfred E. M. Chatfield
I don't know how you determine exactly what the American people approve of. Lynne Cheney
Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions. Gilbert K. Chesterton
We can't have a referendum on every important question. This is a republic, not a democracy. This is Chicago, not California. Gary Chico
Nothing is more dangerous in wartime than to live in the temperamental atmosphere of a Gallup Poll… Winston Churchill
A speaker said that this was a time when leaders should keep their ears to the ground. All I can say is that the British nation will find it very hard to look up to leaders who are detected in that somewhat ungainly posture. Winston Churchill
Sometimes we have an objective reality that tells you you shouldn’t do what you want to do. Henry Cisneros
The Articles [of Union with England] were confirmed in the Parliament of Scotland contrary to the inclinations of at least three-fourths of the kingdom. John Clerk of Penicuik
If you ever doubt that the people are the boss in a democracy, run for office. Even the President is a hired hand. Bill Clinton
The government is just the people acting together. Bill Clinton
Trust the people. They’ll get it right. They always do. Bill Clinton
I trust the American people. They almost always get it right … Bill Clinton
The only people right now capable of mobilizing the public are talk show hosts. Tony Coelho
Give the public what it wants. Harry Cohn
A people are free in proportion as they form their own opinions. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
There is not a city, no, not a town, in which a man suspected of holding democratic principles could move abroad without receiving some unpleasant proof of the hatred in which his supposed opinions were held by the great majority of the people. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
the only vehicle through which we can get a clear-cut and unequivocal decision of the people.] William Colmer
Jesus was never moved from the path of duty, however hard, by public opinion. Anthony Comstock
They are these: sufficient food, sufficient armament, and the confidence of the people. Without the confidence of the people there would be no government. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
You may rob the army of its commander-in-chief, but you cannot deprive the humblest peasant of his opinion. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
In a democracy, as a matter of course, every effort is made to seize upon and create publick opinion, which is, substantially, securing power. James Fenimore Cooper
It’s always a danger when an institution like the press becomes disconnected from the people. Matt Cooper
His majesty is an absolute king and not bound to give any account, to any, of his actions … yet he is so gracious and regardful a prince and was of the love and contentment of his subjects, …. That he would not think it fit to do anything of so great a consequence without acquainting them of his intentions. Charles Cornwal
The insecurity of property in Ireland, whether real or supposed … prevents the English or Scotch capitalist from transmitting materials to be manufactured in Ireland. George Cornwall Lewis
A charismatic president has a secret weapon: the public. Elmer E. Cornwell
I have never and never will do anything for the sake of popularity; he that steers by any other compass than his own sense of duty may be popular, but cannot be an honest and ... useful public servant. John Wilson Croker
By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes to be his duty against the influences of authority and majorities, custom and opinion. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
Treasury notes are a precarious substitute either for coin or for bank notes, charges as they are with a growing interest, productive of no countervailing profit or emolument, and exposed to every breadth of popular prejudice or alarm. Alexander James Dallas
I had grown tired of standing in the lean and lonely front line facing the greatest enemy that ever confronted man – public opinion. Clarence Darrow
People and nations act on the basis of what they feel rather than what is real. William C. Davis
When I want to know what the French people think, I ask myself. Charles de Gaulle
The American people can have anything they want; the trouble is they don't know what they want. Eugene V. Debs
If people believe something is true, then it is even if it isn't. Thomas D. DeLay
We talk about the influence of the media on public opinion. But reality has some influence on public opinion too. David Demarest
World opinion is not the same thing as your own [country's] public opinion. Suleyman Demirel
The Members of the Parliament shall be bound solely by their own conscience and not by any directions given by their electors. Denmark
What the lawmaker has to ascertain is not the true belief but the common belief. Patrick Devlin
A man ain't got not right to be a public man, unless he meets the public views. Charles Dickens
Bad government is made in the poling places of this country. John Dingell
The world calls me conceited. The world is in error. I trace all the blunders of my life to sacrificing my own party to that of others. Benjamin Disraeli
Party is organized opinion. Benjamin Disraeli
You can’t be too firm. What the public meetings want is nonsense, not politics: something quite shadowy, speculative, and not practical. Benjamin Disraeli
I consider it a great homage to public opinion to find every scoundrel nowadays professing himself a liberal. Benjamin Disraeli
Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing. Benjamin Disraeli
A good politician has to know both himself and his times. Benjamin Disraeli
U. S. A. is the slice of a continent. U. S. A. is a group of holding companies, some aggregations of trade unions, a set of laws bound in calf, a radio network, a chain of moving picture theaters, a column of stock quotations …a public library full of old newspapers and dog-eared history books with protests scrawled on the margins in pencil. U. S. A. is the world’s greatest river valley fringed with mountains and hills, U. S. A. is a set of big-mouthed officials with too many bank accounts. U. S. A is a lot of men buried in their uniforms in Arlington Cemetery. U. S. A. is the letters at the end of the address when you are away from home. But mostly U. S. A. is the speech of the people. John Dos Passos
A powerful lobby [the National Rifle Association] dins into the ears of our citizenry that these gun purchases are constitutional rights protected by the 2nd Amendment. William O. Douglas
Politicians are ready to suspend their beliefs or policy positions in the name of electoral success. When belief collides with public opinion, belief often goes. Elizabeth Drew
No matter what they think; they are sometimes in the right, sometimes in the wrong; their judgment is a mere lottery. John Dryden
Nor is the People's Judgment always true: The Most may err as grossly as the Few. John Dryden
Resistance to Communism needs popular support. John Foster Dulles
The Supreme Court follows the election returns. Finley Peter Dunne
Our government has become a system rather than a living expression of the popular will. Esther Dyson
In most nations, public opinion is in revolt against foreign policy. Abba Eban
Had President Truman not gone ahead with the dropping of the atomic bomb, I think he would have been impeached. George Elsey
Moral character has now some influence in our elections, but not that place which it deserves. The law of public opinion excludes confirmed sots, and persons judicially convicted of high crimes and misdemeanors against the State; but it ought to render the election of all profane swearers, notorious Sabbath breakers, seducers, slanderers, prodigals and riotous persons, as well as the advocates of dueling, impracticable. Ezra Stiles Ely
Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence, and need not to be flattered but schooled. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I grieve to see that the Government is governed by the hurrahs of the soldiers or the citizens. It does not lead opinion, but follows it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The instinct of the people is right. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is a good part of sagacity to have known the foolish desires of the crowd and their unreasonable notions. Desiderius Erasmus
The opinion of the people is not to be taken from the streets. Saber Falhout
The masses are absolutely being manipulated by those in power. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
Sometimes political parties have a very short window to influence public policy Michael Farris
… blind apostles not of mere justice but of all human decency, blind apostles not of equity but of all human outrage and vengeance. William Faulkner
To go against a torrent of public passion is not easy even for independent judges. Yuri Feofanov
Whenever the offense inspires less horror than the punishment, the rigor of penal law is obliged to give way to the common feelings of mankind. Edward Gibbon
The public always prefers to be reassured. There are those whose job this is. There are only too many. Andre Gide
The nation is a power hard to rouse, but when roused harder still and more hopeless to resist. William E. Gladstone
It is hardly possible to believe that one is not the greatest scoundrel on earth, when one is assured of it on all sides on such excellent authority. William E. Gladstone
I used to have a lot more hair before I got involved with this milk business …. We don't have a lot of public support for our milk policies and that probably indicates we're doing it right. Dan Glickman
In polling, truth is what people perceive. Ed Goeas
With the instrument of radio you can make public opinion. Perhaps even conquer a country. Joseph Goebbels
Mechanical refrigeration has been found in advance of the wants of the country. John Gorrie
What the multitude says is so, or soon will be. Baltasar Gracian
Great as is the popularity of the President [Madison], it is barely able to resist the torrent of public opinion against the Secretary of War, who, so far as I can judge, is universally considered by the people of this country as incompetent ... John Graham
I shall on all subjects have a policy to recommend, but none to enforce against the will of the people. Ulysses S. Grant
You cannot dictate to those whose sense you are entrusted to represent. Henry Grattan
To talk of resisting what is called public opinion as a crime, is to make Socrates an anarchist and Jesus Christ a felon. Horace Greeley
History tells us that sharp reversals in confidence occur abruptly. Alan Greenspan
Disparaging public opinion is ... a necessary prelude to ignoring it. William Greider
For elites, the politics of governing is seen as a continual struggle to manage public emotions so that they do not overwhelm sound public policy. William Greider
Public opinion in Britain demanded that we should make representations; we did so, to the cost of British material interests. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
The reasons for public sentiment are often more unconscious than conscious. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
What makes a nation most likely to take part in war was not policy or interest, but sentiment. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
It is only while the public mind is held in suspense—It is only while there is doubt as to what will be the result of deliberations—it is only while we linger in this hall that any manifestations of uneasiness will show themselves. Whenever war is declared, the people will put forth their rights. Felix Grundy
A government that spies on people to find out what they are thinking is a government that isn’t listing to them. Vincente Fox
Nobody knows what people want. Richard Frank
The popular notion is that imports are bad and exports are good. Jeffrey Frankel
The first line of the U. S. Constitution is “We the people” … in thriving democracies any time that any player takes a key decision that ignores or evades “We the people” he violates the spirit of democracy and condemns himself to illegitimacy. Thomas Friedman
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. Book of Galatians
Not only capacity and talent in the administration, but also a perfect heartfelt cordiality among its members are essentially necessary to command the public confidence. Albert Gallatin
The Pulse of Democracy George Gallup; Saul Rae
Polling is merely an instrument for gauging public opinion. When a President or any other leader pays attention to poll results, he is, in effect, paying attention to the views of the people. George Gallup
Public opinion is always in advance of the law. John Galsworthy
Justice and good will outlast passion. James A. Garfield
Real political issues cannot be manufactured by the leaders of political parties. The real political issues of the day declare themselves, and come out of the depths of that deep which we call public opinion. James A. Garfield
What is done cannot be effaced. We have to act upon a moral field prepared for us ... Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil; 3rd Marquess Salisbury
It's very difficult to rally people to deal with an economic problem as opposed to a military threat. Leslie H. Gelb
Some of the finest speeches in the Senate Record have been delivered to a scattering half-dozen of listeners. Nine-tenths of the verbal proceedings are "for the record" rather than with any expectation of changing votes. Yet the most important of the speeches "for the record" have their effect on public opinion, when reported in the press ... or when distributed as reprints. Ralph E. Flanders
[Describing the presidency:] ... the organ of the will of the nation ... elective kingship. Henry Jones Ford
Nations need heroes, for heroes make the nation believe that the impossible is possible. E. M. Forster
Contrary to right-wing mythology, the press was not an institution dominated by leftists but a creature of the very richest of the rich and mightiest of the mighty in American society.... While the press shaped mass opinion, it reflected elite opinion. Mark Hertsgaard
In Basle I founded the Jewish State. If I said it today, it would be greeted with laughter; but in five years, perhaps, certainly in fifty years, everyone will see it. A State is founded essentially on the will of the people for a State. Theodor Herzl
The voice of the people is the voice of God. Hesiod
No whispered rumors which the many spread can wholly perish. Hesiod
Out of sight, out of mind. John Heywood
If there be any real support among the people for such a constitutional amendment, it is so small that not even one person has been able to get himself a job as a lobbyist to come before the Congress and try to have it pass the joint resolution. Lister Hill
In an era of mass communications and electronic transmission, the public matters. The “street” is a potent force and can undermine even the best crafted peace agreements. David Hoffman
When people have recently asked me my profession, I have not dared to reply. Francois Hollande
If my fellow citizens want to go to Hell I will help them. It's my job. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks. Oliver Wendell Holmes
The election was held today. Besides the two great party tickets, there is a new party which has polled most unexpectedly five or six thousand votes. They call themselves the American party, and are opposed to the extension of suffrage to foreigners; ... with this powerful demonstration of popular opinion in their favor, I should not be surprised if ere long they should swallow up the Whig party. This new movement has occasioned a great defection from both parties. Philip Hone
Laws they are not, therefore, which public approbation hath not made so. Richard Hooker
In our form of democracy the expression of the popular will can be effected only through the instrumentality of political parties. Herbert Hoover
The just man and firm of purpose—not the heat of fellow citizens clamoring for what is wrong, not presence of threatening tyrant can shake—in his rocklike soul. Horace; Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Public confidence should govern political appointments. Joseph Howe
Whether this organization [the Chinese Communist Party] has strength depends not on whether it is in power, but on whether it has the best people, and whether it can earn the support of the people. Hu Gang
We are ruled by public opinion, not by statute law. Elbert Hubbard
Laws that do not embody public opinion can never be enforced. Frank McKinney Hubbard; Abe Martin
Be it true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do. Victor Hugo
As force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is therefore, on opinion only that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as the most free and the most popular. David Hume
The people, ever greedy for war, till they suffer by it … David Hume
Democratic government consists of listening, deciding, persuading. Douglas Hurd
That mysterious independent variable of political calculation, Public Opinion. Thomas Huxley
It would be just like him to wait for some expression of public opinion instead of giving direction to that public opinion. Harold L. Ickes
Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average man. William Ralph Inge
... a distrust of the popular will as a safe regulator of political power. Andrew Jackson
Public opinion polls would have maintained slavery. Jesse Jackson
[Federal judges] consider themselves secure for life; they skulk from responsibility to public opinion.... A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government. Thomas Jefferson
The appointment of a woman to office is an innovation for which the public is not prepared, nor am I. Thomas Jefferson
The basis of our government's being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter. Thomas Jefferson
Surveys give us a way of finding out what people across the country are thinking. Mae Jemison
After a point it does not matter whether ... perceptions are true or false; it is the perceptions that matter. Eddie Bernice Johnson
I have one more problem for your computer. How long will take five hundred thousand angry Americans to climb that White House wall out there and lynch their President if he does something like that? Lyndon B. Johnson
Opinion and protest are the life breath of democracy—even when it blows heavy. Lyndon B. Johnson
What a President says and thinks is not worth five cents unless he has the people and Congress behind him. Without the Congress I'm just a six-feet-four Texan. With the Congress I'm President of the United States in the fullest sense. Lyndon B. Johnson
We are afraid to trust ourselves, and pretend that we are afraid to trust the people. My hopes have rested and always will rest upon the people …. The people will rise in their majesty, and the world will be interested in the spectacle. Richard M. Johnson
About things on which the public thinks long it commonly attains to think right. Samuel Johnson
What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise. Barbara Jordan
Rulers who prefer popular opinion to truth have as much power as robbers in the desert. Justin Martyr
We know of no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality. Thomas Babington Macaulay
In our Governments, the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from the acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the constituents. James Madison
Is it to be imagined that an ordinary citizen or even an Assemblyman from Rhode Island in estimating the policy of paper money, ever considered or cared, in what light the measure would be viewed in France or Holland; or even in Massachusetts or Connecticut? James Madison
Satisfy the public mind that their liberties will be perpetual. James Madison
I’m not in favor of referendums, and I will never put one before the British people. John Major
I do not applaud our quitting the League [of Nations]. The people act as if by withdrawing we have achieved something great …. This shows the shallowness of thought of the Japanese public. Nobuaki Makino
The Catholic Church has access to a major section of the American public. Our impact on the public will be directly proportionate to the persuasiveness of our positions. We seek no special status and we should not be accorded one. James Malone
We don't possess this job and this job doesn't possess us. We have to make some very tough decisions. If it means falling on the sword, it means falling on the sword. Majorie Margolies-Mezvinsky
People are very resentful of elements in the history text books that are different from the history textbooks that they studied…. New knowledge has to be incorporated. Joyce Appleby
I know but one code of morality for man whether acting singly or collectively. He who says I will be a rogue when I act in company with a hundred others, but an honest man when I act alone, will be believed in the former assertion, but not in the latter. Thomas Jefferson
Let’s face it. Everybody considers you to be a loser. Merv Griffin
The peculiar circumstances of the moment may render a measure more or less wise, but cannot render it more or less constitutional. John Marshall
To say that the newspaper press represents public opinion is to administer insult to intelligent men. It is the property of speculators, political leaders, large contractors and railway directors. Karl Marx
Fascism will develop in Japan through the people’s will. It will come out of love for the Emperor. Yosuke Matsuoka
There is only one thing to do — take it to the country! Eugene McCarthy
Opinion elites begin to shape a debate. Michael D. McCurry
The members of Congress are very, very good about sensing what people are upset about. Charles McDowell Jr.
I know of no better or safer human tribunal than the people. William McKinley
I don't propose to be swept off my feet by the catastrophe. William McKinley
Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America—not on the battlefields of Vietnam. Marshall McLuhan
When a man can take a poll and tell what everybody is thinking, that means nobody is really thinking anymore. Marshall McLuhan
To be successful you have to convince the public. Thomas McNamara
There may be a limit beyond which many Americans and much of the world will not permit the United States to go. John McNaughton
The Jews are used to collective eulogies, but the Jews will not die so that the Washington Post will speak well of them. Golda Meir
The real crime rate and peoples perceptions are two different things. Mark Melman
Democracy is that system of government under which the people, having 35,717,342 native-born whites to choose from, including thousands who are handsome and many who are wise, pick out a Coolidge to be head of the State. H. L. Mencken
What we try to do is represent public opinion—and public opinion is anti oral sex. John Merner
It's up to us [pro-choice activists] to mobilize public opinion in such a way that these politicians know their jobs are at stake. Kate Michelman
Healthy skepticism is necessary to the continuation of our democracy. When it turns to paranoia, it becomes destructive. American history has alternated between the two .... A nation where cynicism toward government prevails cannot function effectively. Abner Mikva
All governments must displease many persons, and these having now regular organs, and being able to express their sentiments, opinions adverse to the measures of government would often be expressed. John Stuart Mill
In all questions between a government and an individual the presumption in every Englishman's mind is that the government is in the wrong. John Stuart Mill
In every respect the burden is hard on those who attack an almost universal opinion. They must be very fortunate well as unusually capable if they obtain a hearing at all. John Stuart Mill
It is what men think that determines how they act John Stuart Mill
Opinion tolerates a false disclaimer, only when it already tolerates the thing disclaimed. John Stuart Mill
So long as opinion is strongly rooted in the feelings, it gains rather than loses instability by having a preponderating weight of argument against it. John Stuart Mill
Superior powers of mind and profound study are of no use if they do not sometimes lead a person to different conclusions from those which are formed by ordinary powers of mind without study: and if it be an object to possess representatives in any intellectual respect superior to average electors, it must be counted upon that the representative will sometimes differ in opinion from the majority of his constituents John Stuart Mill
The influence of every mode of thinking which is shared by numbers ought to be felt in the legislature. John Stuart Mill
When nobody, or only some small fraction, feels the degree of interest in the general affairs of the State necessary to the formation of a public opinion, the electors will seldom make any use of the right of suffrage but to serve their private interest, or the interest of their locality, or of some one with whom they are connected as adherents or dependents. John Stuart Mill
Evil news rides post, while good news baits. John Milton
Opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making. John Milton
Elections are the means we use to establish the will of the people in order to assure the rule of the people. George J. Mitchell
… the irresistible power of concentrated public opinion John N. Mitchell
Provoking us into quarrels and violations of the peace is one of the most common methods used … to destroy public sympathy and defeat our cause. John N. Mitchell
Compassion Fatigue Susan Moeller
The United States’ tendency to use Europe’s past against Europe’s present, as if a Munich or a Vichy were just around the corner, is vexing. Dominique Moisi
The Sovereign: The People James Monroe
The President does indeed hold the rudder of the Ship of State; he guides, but it is American public opinion which makes the vessel move. James Monroe
Politicians livelihoods depend on what people think. Richard Morin
Our opinions are less important than the spirit and temper with which they possess us, and even good opinions are worth very little unless we hold them in a broad, intelligent, and spacious way. John Morley
In this country the government responds to the people, not the other way around. William S. Morris IV
Sometimes heads of state have to make statements for [local] public consumption. Hosni Mubarak
Allah does not change social conditions until people change their attitude. Muhammad
The masses, the public, is too strict. Abdul Hakeem Mujahid
Hell, I can't even generate a good demonstration any more. Brian Mulroney
If you're unpopular, it means you've done the tough things. Brian Mulroney
Quest for popularity is probably a disqualification for greatness. Brian Mulroney
You elect a President for four years and then you judge him in 100 days. Brian Mulroney
The press tends to reflect what's important to the country. Edmund S. Muskie
Free government is government by public opinion. Upon the soundness and integrity of public opinion depends the destiny of democracy. Robert M. La Follette
I cannot be wholly indifferent to the fact that Senators, by their absence at this time, indicate their want of interest in what I may have to say upon the subject. The public is interested. Unless this important question is rightly settled, seats now temporarily vacant may be permanently vacated. Robert M. La Follette
Theodore Roosevelt is the ablest living interpreter of what I would call the superficial public sentiment of a given time, and he is spontaneous in his reactions to it. Robert M. La Follette
Where public opinion is free and uncontrolled, wealth has a wholesome respect for the law. Robert M. La Follette
General Electric recognizes that as a major economic entity it has the stature and responsibility to form opinions. Philip A. Lacovara
If the American people are going to support a policy than they had better be made to understand the rationale. David Lampton
We did not send them [Senators] here to vote their conscience; we sent them here to vote the will of their constituents. Alan G. Lance
Germany did not acquire its admirable educational system by popular demand … the crowd cannot guide itself, cannot help itself in its blind impotence. Edwin Ray Lankester
The essential mark of the agitator is the high value he places on the emotional response of the public. Whether he attacks or defends social institutions is a secondary matter. Harold D. Lasswell
No great reform can be achieved except at the sacrifice of some opinion. Wilfrid Laurier
Quebec has no opinions, only emotions. Wilfrid Laurier
I must follow them. I am their leader. Andrew Bonar Law
The mob shouts with one big mouth and eats with a thousand little ones. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
Let me through. I have to follow them. I am their leader. Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin
Both parties keep talking about the will of the people. The will of the people should determine the President. This is the same will of the people that made Charlie’s Angels the number one movie. Jay Leno
Uncle Sam’s Latest Greatest Shortest War Leslie's Weekly
Sometimes everyone is foreign minister. David Levy
The one thing talk radio does that is positive is that it finds the rage bubbling underneath the surface and allows people to see that they're not the only ones who feel that way. Tom Leykis
the most hated woman in America Life Magazine
A universal feeling, whether well or ill-founded, can not be safely disregarded. Abraham Lincoln
It was with the deepest regret that the Executive found the duty of employing the war-power, in defense of the government, forced upon him …. These measures whether strictly legal or not, were ventured upon, under what appeared to be a popular demand, and a public necessity; trusting, then, as now, that Congress would readily ratify them. Abraham Lincoln
I could not afford to hang men for votes. Abraham Lincoln
No law is stronger than is the public sentiment where it is to be enforced. Abraham Lincoln
No policy that does not rest upon philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained. Abraham Lincoln
Public opinion in this country is everything. Abraham Lincoln
So this is the little lady who made this big war. Abraham Lincoln
Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion can change the government practically just so much. Abraham Lincoln
With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed. Abraham Lincoln
In government offices which are sensitive to the vehemence and passion of mass sentiment, public men have no sure tenure. They are in effect perpetual office seekers always on trial for their political lives. Walter Lippmann
Acting upon everybody for 30 minutes in 24 hours, the press is asked to create a mystical force called Public Opinion that will take up the slack in public institutions. The press has often mistakenly pretended that it could do just that. Walter Lippmann
Democracy is much too important to be left to public opinion. Walter Lippmann
It is not possible to assume that a world carried on by division of labor and authority, can be governed by universal opinions in the whole population. Walter Lippmann
Mass opinion has acquired mounting power in this century. It has shown itself to be a dangerous master of decisions when the stakes are life and death. Walter Lippmann
Undertaking to explain our foreign policy in terms of our public opinion is to explain one mystery in terms of another. Walter Lippmann
Where all think alike, none thinks very much. Walter Lippmann
Personally, I would have dealt with the Soviets as the de facto Government of Russia . So would President Wilson. But we both agreed that we could not carry to that extent our colleagues at the Congress [Versailles], nor the public opinion of our countries which was frightened by Bolshevik violence and feared its spread. David Lloyd George
Half of my job is to help build public support for the President’s agenda. Joe Lockhart
All I care about is what the boys at the fork of the creek think of me. Huey P. Long
It’s not what you are that counts; it’s what people think you are. Joseph P. Kennedy
Something is stirring in the hearts and minds of the people. Martin Luther King Jr.
When a people consider themselves compelled by circumstances or by oppression, to appeal to arms and resort to their natural rights, they necessarily submit their cause to the great tribunal of public opinion Stephen F. Austin
Democracy is not majority rule but rule by public opinion. Tom Bethell
Inappropriate and harsh policies distance the people from the government. Not only do they induce suffering and pain, they also counter the favors given to the people in the past Chinese Proverb
Once one feels content about what one has, then humiliation does not arise. If one could never feel content, one would never even get what one wished to have. Chinese Proverb
The key to winning a battle is to not burden the general population with military expenses Chinese Proverb
The definition of committing a gaff in Washington is telling the truth when most people think that you should not have. Howard Dean
Obviously, as somebody who is famous, I have a particular responsibility Jane Fonda
Politicians are like weather vanes. French Proverb
Remember that everybody signed up as fast as they could in World War I because they thought the war would be over by Christmas. Chris Hedges
Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest violence Jewish Proverb
Have you Gentlemen had ever reflected on that awful period of time between the passing and final adoption of this constitution—what alarm might possibly take place in the public mind. George Mason
The progress of civilization, in all Christian countries at least, has created a public opinion, which now protects the personal liberty of men in a greater degree than formerly, regardless of the form of government David J. McCord Jr.
Mr [Harry] Truman announced today that Russia had set off its first atomic explosion. Public reaction was varied…. Today the Brooklyn Dodgers are one-half behind the St Louis in the National League and the Yanks and the Boston Red Sox are neck and neck. And the American public is basically probably more interested in this race than in the race of atomic energy. Drew Pearson
My responsibilities as the governor are more than my neighbor’s and my family. George Ryan
This is the one issue [the death penalty] that I have received more advice about than any issue in 35 years of public life…. Whatever I decide, one side or the other will not accept it. George Ryan
By choice, polls validate the media’s filtered view of the world. Marc Sapir
I don’t poll. I go out into the communities and talk to regular people. That’s the poll. Al Sharpton
It doesn't really matter what one writes into a constitution. The important thing is what the collective instinct eventually makes of it. Oswald Spengler
We are as much interested in the maintenance of morality as we can possibly be in war. For what profit is there in having removed the turmoil of the Barbarians, unless we live according to law? ... Let other kings desire the glory of battles won, of cities taken, of ruins made; our purpose is … so to rule that our subjects should grieve that they did not earlier acquire the blessings of our domain. Theodoric; Cassiodorus
Political evils must be sorely felt before they can be removed. George Washington
My column showed you into office and my column can show you out again Walter Winchell
A promising process of dialogue can be disrupted by a premature or inadequate involvement of public opinion. Giovanni Battista Montini; John Paul II
A democratic state must feel before it can see; that is what makes it slow to act. But the people, at last, will be right. George Washington
What is the soul, the informing spirit of our institutions, of our entire system of government but public opinion. Let us direct the force, the vast moral force of this engine, to the aid of others. Daniel Webster
Public outrage gets used up. You just move to a lower standard. Paul Sarbanes
Newspapers at that time did not necessarily try to flatter those in power. Rather, they wrote to please readers. I may sound evasive. but there certainly existed some kind of mechanism that aggravated the situation through subtle interactions between newspapers and the public. Readers were waiting for articles reporting the exploits of the victorious Imperial Forces, Newspapers indulged themselves in a competition to appear more patriotic and to see who could print the most articles urging and exalting victory. Newspaper companies cooperated through the dispatch of entertainers, calls for patriotic songs, campaigns for contributions to build more airplanes, and various other ways. The heavy responsibility that the newspapers bear is second only to that of the government. Seiryu Hata
Newspapers form public opinion, but public opinion also influences newspapers. The general masses are not like horses that can be tamed and trained to do their masters bidding. Seiryu Hata
The advertisements form the most interesting and practical city news. They are the hopes, the thoughts, the joys, the plans, the shames, the losses, the mishaps, the fortunes, the pleasures, the miseries, the politics, and the religion of the people. Each advertiser is therefore a reporter, a sort of penny-a-liner, he paying the penny. What a picture . . . one day's advertisements . . . presents to mankind! Frederic Hudson
Antimarket, antiglobalist posture resounds among the people, because the people are afraid. Gerard Grunberg
The current dominant opinion supporting the war on drugs in general, and our anti-marijuana laws in particular, is reminiscent of the opinion that supported the nationwide ban on alcohol consumption when I was a student. While alcoholic beverages are now regarded as ordinary articles of commerce, their use was then condemned with the same moral fervor that now supports the war on drugs. John Paul Stevens
The militia system, … has no hold upon the affections of our citizens. Noah Noble
It is useless to try so frequently and unsuccessfully, attempt upon attempt, to instruct the great mass of people in the art of war James Brown Ray
This relic of antiquity . . . is now distinguished only by its absurdity and its gross deflection of public morals. . . . It is worse than useless. . . .We hope that our Legislature will soon put an end to this ridiculous farce. New Haven Herald
Many people opposed the very institution of the militia. Temperance proponents objected to the excessive drinking that accompanied musters; peace advocates hated the militarism, no matter how pathetic; merchants and farmers resented the lost time and taxes; labor groups resented the expense of buying guns, flints, and ammunition; others found no utility in the institution now that the United States was not threatened by any external foe. Even in the absence of foreign enemies, some opponents feared that the existence of the militia could encourage a democratic government to declare an unnecessary war. Michael A. Bellesiles
The importance of a well-regulated militia would seem so undeniable, it cannot be disguised that, among the American people, there is a growing indifference to any system of militia discipline, and a strong disposition, from a sense of its burdens, to be rid of all regulations. How it is practicable to keep the people duly armed without some organization it is difficult to see. Joseph Story
I saw my father march with Martin Luther King Mitt Romney
Public opinion has become the public law George Francis Train
I dread the idea of seeming to intrude my views too often upon the public Booker T. Washington
It's important that the American society and the American military not get far apart…I think the people have to understand their military and make a clear decision as to what they want it to be Anthony Zinni
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized opinions and habits 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 L. Bernays
The logical sequence of suffrage is office-holding. Female suffrage will never reach its full fruition until fully one-half of all public offices, legislative, judicial and executive, local and national, are filled by women. Is the public mind ready for this risky innovation? Kelly Miller
Tragically however, even the adherents of Islam present it as a threat to international peace by promoting terrorism in the name of God and in the name of the Holy Prophet (sa) of Islam, who was a living paragon of peace. If the West presents Islam as a religion of terror and denial of fundamental human rights, the fault is not entirely theirs. It is largely shared, to say the least, by the clergy of various Muslim denominations. Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad
The people are so secure under the sultan's reign that no one fears his agents. Nasir Khusaro
A courageous and humane ruler who means well towards his subjects will induce the wicked to change their attitude of mind. Diogenes
If the opportunity offers, the Cynic [philosopher] must speak up on the public platform …. You must be able to explain to individuals as well as to a crowd of people the battle they're embroiled in Epictetus
You must try going out into the market place, where the mass of people spend their time Diogenes
Evil people! They are so fearful of traditional, conservative religion in America. These people are bad for the future of America. Walter B. Jones
Why should the president direct the people to do what, perhaps, they have no mind to do? They may not be inclined to return thanks for a constitution until they have experienced that it promotes their safety and happiness. We do not yet know but they may have reason to be dissatisfied with the effects it has already produced; but whether this be so or not, it is a business with which Congress have nothing to do, it is a religious matter, and, as such is proscribed to us Thomas Tudor Tucker
The whitewashing of windows can provide very effective protection against fire resulting from the heat-flash from nuclear explosions. William Whitelaw
Nahimana was fully aware of the power of words, and....used the radio, the medium of communication with the widest public reach, to disseminate hatred and violence Navi Pillay
To crown the whole folly of the Mormons, in the Spring of 1844, Joe Smith announced himself as a candidate for President of the United States, and many of his followers were confident he would be elected. He next caused himself to be anointed king and priest, and to give character to his pretensions, he declared his lineage in an unbroken line from Joseph, the son of Jacob, and that of his wife from some other important personae of the ancient Hebrews. Henry Von Wackerbarth
A doctrine was revealed that it was impossible for a woman to get to heaven except as the wife of a Mormon elder; that each elder might marry as many women as he could maintain, and that any female might be sealed to eternal life by becoming their concubine. This licentiousness, the origin of polygamy in that church, they endeavored to justify by all appeal to Abraham, Jacob and other favorites of God in former ages of the world. Henry Von Wackerbarth
I can’t be in charge of people’s perceptions. Alan Greenspan
A Inaugural Address should attempt to unite the nation. Patrick Anderson
The whole point of the Constitution is to limit at some point and in some way popular will. Robert Post
When you go to war, you have to build bipartisan support and then you have to sustain it. Scott McClellan
They have already made the decision to go to war and to them that is the only option... our country is divided at this point and God only knows what will happen. Max Cleland
When we talk about the Constitution of the United States, we are sometimes apt to quote—"Vox populi, vox Dei;" that is, The voice of the people is the voice of God. But in some places they ought to say, VOX POPULI, VOX DIABOLI; that is, the voice of the people is the voice of the Devil. John Taylor
I asked myself … what could I do to help end the war if I were willing to go to prison? Now it wasn't at all clear that putting out the Pentagon Papers, which I thought would send me to prison, would be one of the better things I could do. It was history. It didn't prove what Nixon was about to do; it only suggested that he might do the same as all these other presidents. Daniel Ellsberg
In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. Thich Nhat Hanh
If the people are not convinced that the Free World is in mortal danger it would be impossible for Congress to vote the vast sums now being spent to avert danger. With the support of public opinion, as marshaled by the press, we are off to a good start. It is our Job --- yours and mine --- to keep our people convinced that the only way to keep disaster away from our shores is to build up America's might. Charles E. Wilson
Public policies in our democracy are eventually a reflection of public opinion," so public opinion must be reshaped if we are to avoid disaster. National Association of Manufacturers
A great many people simply do not at this moment see that Cuba presents so grave and compelling a threat to our national security as to justify a course of action which much of the world will interpret as calculated aggression against a small nation. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them. Peter Ustinov
Our most important, and sometimes most severe, judges are our subordinates. Paul D. Eaton
If the death and disaster that now fall upon innocent people through the year and over our country as a whole were concentrated into one calamity, we would shudder at the tremendous catastrophe. The loss is no less disastrous because diffused in time and space. Calvin Coolidge
Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Consequently he who moulds public sentiment, goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. He makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed. Abraham Lincoln
In Ankara, your words might weigh more than that of the U.S. administration. Cengiz Candar
When a top political leader (or a military dictator) faces a substantial public opinion that openly expresses its lack of faith/trust in his leadership qualities, the leader/dictator in turn tries to find (real or imagined) enemies ‘out there’ to divert public attention. Swaraaj Chauhan
The moral element … ministers, professors, and respectable persons … do not believe politics should be pursued as a trade. Nation
The second evil arising from the practice of banking, has its origin, in the system of credit itself; and the shock which, as it is rounded on prevailing opinion, it is liable to receive from whatever shakes public confidence. John Rae
… the government that divides us least Louis Adolphe Thiers
Americans ask me if I think it is dangerous to visit Israel. They are surprised that I tell them that it is. The Israelis are very bad drivers. Six hundred people die a year from automobile accidents. Since the intifada began, in over 3 years, 300 people have been killed by terrorists. Now is anyone afraid to visit Israel because of fear of auto accidents. No. This is an example of the irrational aspect of terrorism. Boaz Ganor
[Describing England:] In the year 1796, the alarm of an apprehended French invasion reached a great height. The [government cabinet] ministers were suspected, and not without reason, of fomenting this alarm, for the sake of strengthening their popularity, and keeping up the national frenzy against the French republicans, which was now beginning to flag. Richard Hildreth
Arab media is market driven like the American media. It does not so much shape public opinion as much as it reflects it. Hafez Al-Mirazi
The Free States have a majority of 44 in that House. Under the new census, they would have 53. The cause of the slaveholding States is getting weaker and weaker, and what are we to do? What would the South have to rely on, if the Union were dissolved? Suppose the dissolution could be peaceably … what had the South to depend upon? All the crowned heads [of Europe] were against her. A million of slaves are ready to rise and strike for freedom at the first tap of the drum. If the South is cut loose from their friends at the North … whither are they to look for protection? How are they to sustain an assault from England or France, with the cancer at their vitals? The more the South reflected, the more clearly she must see that she has a deep and vital interest in maintaining the Union. Thomas Dickens Arnold
So long as danger threatened from without public opinion tolerated the guillotine. E. Belfort Bax
Roosevelt knew never to lose control of the majority of American opinion, unlike his greatest democratic contemporaries, Churchill and De Gaulle, who at times suffered spectacular rejections by their electorates. Conrad Black
If Jesus Christ had taken a poll, he would never have preached the gospel. Henry Hyde
Citizens are refined, cultivated, and very political. I believe in the legitimacy of their participation. Segolene Royal
Ethnicity is not a science. It’s how people perceive it. Amy L. Chua
The general right of the whole decides what is good and what is evil Baruch Spinoza
Every idea, no matter how unpopular, so far as the law is concerned, shall have the same opportunity as every other idea. no matter how popular, to secure the public favor. Theodore Albert Schroeder
The best thing that most Americans can say about the UN is that it is ineffectual. That’s the best thing. Kate O'Beirne
The people never endeavor to ridicule those they love and esteem, nor will they suffer them to be ridiculed. If any one attempts it, their ridicule returns upon the author; he makes himself only the object of public hatred and contempt. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
… the people as the fourth branch of government Alexander Meiklejohn
It is doubtful that President Mubarak or the Saudi Royal family will allow elections that might sweep them from office. London Times
Back home in Maine people tend to think that there should be a balance between money coming in and money going out in their own lives, in their businesses and the Federal government. Tom Allen
When a people consider themselves compelled by circumstances or by oppression, to appeal to arms and resort to their natural rights, they necessarily submit their cause to the great tribunal of public opinion. Stephen F. Austin
Never let a national crisis go to waste. Rahm Emanuel
Democracy is slow moving in the short run, … but if it has the backing of the people, it proves to be more durable. Manmohan Singh
We’ve got to get out of Vietnam or else we have to educate the people as to why we are in there. Mike Mansfield
Nobody believes an official spokesman. Everybody believes an unnamed source. Ron Nesson
Critics intend on changing the balance of public opinion and of political power. Robert Bartley
A dangerous idea is gaining currency within a segment of the American populace. If a person does not support the United States-British bombing expedition in Afghanistan, it means that he or she backs Osama bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda Chandra Muzaffar
It is designed to place the entire interstate traffic in the habit forming drugs under the administration of the Treasury Department. It is the opinion of the American Opium Commission that it would bring this whole traffic and the use of these drugs into the light of day and thereby create a public opinion against the use of them that would be more important, perhaps, than the Act itself. Hamilton Wright
Parliamentarians would prefer to follow the path of least resistance and vote for the myths that the public opinion polls show their constituents believe in, instead of taking the trouble to educate themselves and their constituents. Karen Selick
What Congress and the popular sentiment approve is rarely defeated by reason of constitutional objections. Rutherford B. Hayes
Today's public opinion, though it may appear as light as air, may be tomorrow's legislation-for better or for worse. Earl Newsom
Discontent arises from a knowledge of the possible, as contrasted with the actual Aneurin Bevan
Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men. Franklin D. Roosevelt
If there were an election held in any country of the Muslim world between the existing leaders and Osama bin Laden, bin Laden would win hands down Anjem Choudary
To be thought rich is as good as to be rich. William Makepeace Thackeray
People always overestimate how much will change in the next three years, and they underestimate how much will change over the next 10 years. Bill Gates
A most striking illustration of general feeling on the subject is to be found in the case of George Eve, who carried on with him a woman to the North under the name of wife – She was a mulatto slave, and although it was well known that he lived constantly with her violating one of God’s ten commandments yet nothing was thought of it. There was no one without sin “to cast the first stone at him” but when public opinion was outraged by the report that the ceremony of marriage had been passed between them – then his father was terribly mortified and has since attempted to prove that he is a lunatic – with what success I do not know. He preferred having him living in a constant state of sin to having him pass the boundary of Caste. Ella Clanton Thomas
Democracy is slow moving in the short run, … but if it has the backing of the people, it proves to be more durable. Manmohan Singh
The people of this country will not stand for this decision. It will never work. It will destroy the country. God does not intend that the races should mix. It is against everything that makes America great. Kyle Palmer
Editorialists who tell downright lies in order to advance their own agendas do more to discredit the press than all the censors in the world. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Our interests and our preferences may or may not be the same thing at the same time …. The unswerving pursuit of preferences over interests may compromise the advancement and protection of both. John Bolton
Fear of power invisible, feigned by the mind or imagined from tales publicly allowed, is religion; not allowed, superstition Thomas Hobbes
I don’t think that politicians should use words like ‘global economic crisis’ because some times when you do, you make a crisis where there was none before. Rudolph W. Giuliani
Every candidate has to say ‘change’. That’s what the people expect. George W. Bush
It is perilous to ignore idiotic ideas if those idiotic ideas are broadly and fervently believed. Matthias Kuntzel
We live in a time where people are losing confidence in the ability of Government to solve problems. H. Lee Scott Jr.
While all branches of government are responsible for the delivery of justice ...the judiciary has a different relationship with the public. It is accountable less to the public's opinions and more to the public interest. This means that the occasional judgment will collide with some public expectations, which will, inevitably, create controversy. But judgments that are controversial are not thereby illegitimate or undemocratic; they are, in fact, democracy at work. Rosalie Silberman Abella
I swear not to act without instructions in matters of peace or truce, war, negotiations with other potentates about alliances or aid, lands or cities … the sending abroad of ambassadors. Holland
People like to be consulted. William J. Fallon
In any operation as large as that of the federal government there are always going to be anomalies, mistakes and peccadilloes. The trick is to incite so much public (or at least media) outrage about them that the government has eventually to cut its losses rather than risk continued political damage. Mungo Wentworth MacCallum
It’s not anti-Americanism that you see around the world. It is anti-Bushism Richard Holbrooke
The system of government in Pakistan doesn't work. It's corrupt, and the people are tired of it. Abdul Rashid Ghazi
We have a free society, and the totalitarian states are dungeons. We have totally different methods of population control…. We can’t control people so we have to control what they think. Noam Chomsky
Many people would like Osama bin Laden … to hurt America, but they do not want bin Laden to rule their children. Shibley Telhami
Do not seek advice from the ignorant. Tamil Proverb
The strong are saying nothing until they see. Robert Frost
Conscience and public opinion enforce the laws. The police suppress the exceptions. Arthur T. Hadley
So long as people believe in the perfectibility of man, they will continue to use those freedom-destroying ‘bad means’ (totalitarianism) that promise the quickest shortcut to this ‘good end.’ Peter Robert Edwin Viereck
Mankind have, not only in their individual character, but in their collective capacity as nations, recognized and avowed in their opinions and actions, a system of laws calculated to produce the greatest happiness of the greatest number. DeWitt Clinton
The Confederates (The Iroquois Indian Confederacy) were as celebrated for their eloquence, as for their military skill and political wisdom. Popular, or free governments have, in all ages, been the congenial soil of oratory. And it is, indeed, all important in institutions merely advisory; where persuasion must supply the place of coercion; where there is no magistrate to execute, no military to compel; and where the only sanction of law is the controlling power of public opinion. DeWitt Clinton
We have obtained concessions of inestimable value, not by beating the drum, not by ringing the tocsin, not by tearing up the pavement, not by running to the gunsmith’s shops to search for arms, but by the mere force of reason and public opinion. Thomas Babington Macaulay
In Turkey, public opinion is nil and the people always obey any effective executive force, and obey nothing else…. The perpetuation of Turkish rule is the perpetuation of infamy. Theodore Roosevelt
They say I want power. All I want is a little love. Lyndon B. Johnson
Every time a mayor makes a big decision, half the people are against him. After his first 5 decisions the only ones left who support him are his family and a few friends. Michael Bloomberg
At all levels, but especially at the top, politics is about people. Tony Blair
Corruption undermines public confidence in our country and institutions. It is a huge cost to the economy. Combating it will take courage, determination and perseverance. The most effective means of doing it is by creating a climate not receptive to corruption. Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi
Most presidents leave office somewhat unpopular. Sharon K. Fawcett
Passions are generally roused from great conflict. Livy
The world is governed much more by opinion than by laws. It is not the judgment of courts, but the moral judgment of individuals and masses of men, which is the wall of defense around property and life. William Ellery Channing
No amount of legislation can guarantee lasting peace and stability if the people it is supposed to serve are not spiritually and emotionally prepared to live by them and where necessary defend them with their lives Taito Waradi
You cannot have a need to be loved and be an effective change agent. Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
The problem for a politician of listening to the people, is that they don’t always agree. Tony Blair
The essence of leadership involves a clear sense of what you want to achieve, the ability to do what may be unpopular … and a willingness to step up Tony Blair
The success of an elected official is doing what everyone knows needs to be done. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Washington has to stop spending money we don’t have for projects we don’t want. Rick Perry
Politicians always seek a pain-free solution to economic problems, and the economists keep reminding us that there is no such thing. Evan Bayh
The public is a ferocious beast: one must chain it up or flee from it. Voltaire
The more efficient causes of progress seem to consist of a good education during youth whilst the brain is impressible, and of a high standard of excellence, inculcated by the ablest and best men, embodied in the laws, customs and traditions of the nation, and enforced by public opinion. Charles Darwin
I have never seen American politics so divisive…. We can’t have Congressman not voting for things America needs because it is not popular in their district. We have to put America first. Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
The truth is always in the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because as a rule the minority is made up of those who actually have an opinion, while the strength of the majority is illusory, formed of that crowd which has no opinion — and which therefore the next moment (when it becomes clear that the minority is the stronger) adopts the latter's opinion, which now is in the majority, i. e. becomes rubbish by having the whole retinue and numerousness on its side, while the truth is again in a new minority. Soren Kierkegaard
No idea holds greater sway in the minds of educated Americans that the belief that it is possible to democratize governments anytime and anywhere under any circumstances . Jeane Kirkpatrick
People dislike government spending in the abstract, but the like government spending when they see the benefit. Chris Hayes
All you have to do is anesthetize the masses by telling them they’re an elite, that they’ve got a mission, that they’re making history, that they’re fulfilling their destiny and fighting for a better world — and they swallow it like lambs — even when a guttersnipe says it. Hans Hellmut Kirst
The public mind is a cloudy region where only the simplest shapes are discerned with any accuracy. Hugh Kingsmill; Hugh Kingsmill Lunn
Justice has to be done, justice must be seen to be done Jakaya Kikwete
I don't think morality can be decided on the private level. I think you need public guidance and public support for a moral consensus. The average person has to know instinctively, without thinking too much about it, how he should raise his children. Irving Kristol
There is something wrong with the way in which we make our decisions. The Government listen too much to the pollsters and the party managers. The trouble is that they are not even very good at politics, and they are entering too much into policy decisions. As a result, there is too much short-termism, too much reacting to events, and not enough shaping of events. We give the impression of being in office but not in power. Far too many important decisions are made for 36 hours' publicity. Norman Stewart Hughson Lamont; Baron Lamont of Lerwick
Symbols can often lead to progress. Mark Kirk
To some men popularity is always suspicious. Enjoying none themselves, they are prone to suspect the validity of those attainments which command it. George Henry Lewes
The populace is like the sea, motionless in itself, but stirred by every wind, even the lightest breeze. Livy
The world is becoming much more volatile. We all have to learn to take a deep breath and count to 10. Jeffrey R. Immelt
The opinion of the majority is not lightly to be rejected; but neither is it to be carelessly echoed. George Henry Lewes
I’m going to be beaten and unless some change takes place, badly beaten. Abraham Lincoln
A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than that of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact.. Aldo Leopold
In an Inaguaral Address, it’s important not to kick the predecessor. Raymond K. Price
If certain selected bodies of men, deputed on these principles, determine contrary to the wishes and expectations of their constituents, the people have an undoubted right to reject their decisions, to call for a revision of their conduct, to depute others in their room, or if they think proper, to demand further time for deliberation on matters of the greatest moment: … Mercy Otis Warren
The colonists were struggling not only against the armies of a great nation, but against the settled opinions of mankind; for the world did not then believe that the supreme authority of government could be safely entrusted to the guardianship of the people themselves. James A. Garfield
I have no right, for the sake of carrying a measure, or stirring up excitement, or swaying the popular opinion, to urge, as a matter of universal obligation, what God has left as a matter to be decided by every man’s conscience Francis Wayland
Nations are liable to various revolutions in the state of their minds, and extent of their knowledge, as well as in their power and wealth …. Robert Henry
People don’t know what they want until they see it. Steve Jobs
Nothing is more unjust or capricious than public opinion.... The public have neither shame nor gratitude. William Hazlitt
There is not a more mean, stupid, dastardly, pitiful, selfish, spiteful, envious, ungrateful animal than the Public. William Hazlitt
People do not dislike their local government, but they do think it could do better. Peter D. Hart
The political danger of the Internet is that it becomes another tool for special interests. Peter D. Hart
There is an original, undivided and incommunicable authority and supremacy in the collective body of the people, to whom all delegated power must submit, and from whom there is no appeal. Hartford Courant
The danger to all well-established free governments arises from the unwillingness of the people to believe in its existence. William Henry Harrison
Public opinion is the most potent monarch this world knows. Benjamin Harrison
We have a crisis in confidence because we have an absence of leadership. Mitt Romney
It is long since I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value. Alexander Hamilton
Momentary passions and immediate interests have a more active and imperious control over human conduct than general or remote considerations of policy, utility or justice. Alexander Hamilton
Novelty even is useful if a general opinion prevails that the old way is bad. Alexander Hamilton
Your people, sir, is nothing but a great beast! Alexander Hamilton
As for the calumnies, the insults, the angry cries outside, let them go on building up—no matter what height they reach, it will still fall short of my contempt. Francois Guizot
Nullification is the safety valve which helps the self governing community avoid the alternative between tyranny and revolution ….it gives a warning to those in authority which they disregard at their peril. Arthur T. Hadley
If I should lose on the real issues, I shall return to my seat in the Senate satisfied that I tried my best and was fairly judged. But if this election was decided on the basis that forty million Americans lost their chance of being President on the day they were baptized, then it is the whole nation that will be the loser in the eyes of Catholics and non-Catholics around the world, in the eyes of history and in the eyes of our own people. John F. Kennedy
Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also and keep pace with the times Thomas Jefferson
It is never to be expected in a revolution that every man is to change his opinion at the same moment. There never yet was any truth or any principle so irresistibly obvious that all men believed it at once. Time and reason must cooperate with each other to the final establishment of any principle; and therefore those who may happen to be first convinced have not a right to persecute others, on whom conviction operates more slowly. The moral principle of revolutions is to instruct, not to destroy. Thomas Paine
The childlike confidence which many people possess in the efficacy of a new law would be amusing if it were not so serious in its harmful effects. Karl T. Frederick
The public is easily duped by pretended patriots. Elbridge Gerry
In Russia, as well as everywhere else, the true and lasting power is that of public opinion, and of those who know how to influence it. Maxime Kovalevsky
The public mind can, therefore, repose in reasonable security, while business will proceed without apprehension of serious and sudden changes, so disturbing to the commercial world and so distracting to the business man. William McKinley
Patriotism must be faithful as well as fervent; statesmanship must be wise as well as fearless not the statesmanship which will command the applause of the hour, but the judgment of posterity. William McKinley
When a people consider themselves compelled by circumstances or by oppression, to appeal to arms and resort to their natural rights, they necessarily submit their cause to the great tribunal of public opinion. Stephen F. Austin
Americans take part in political activities because they believe that by doing so they can influence government decisions Steven A. Peterson
It was not until late in the month of August that I received from the Government directors an official report establishing beyond question that this great and powerful institution had been actively engaged in attempting to influence the elections of the public officers by means of its money…. Not only was the evidence complete as to the past application of the money and power of the bank to electioneering purposes, but that the resolution of the board of directors authorized the same course to be pursued in future… It was established by unquestionable proof that the Bank of the United States was converted into a permanent electioneering engine…. the efforts of the bank to control public opinion … are equally apparent, and, if possible, more objectionable. Andrew Jackson
The judge has no right to divinations of public opinion which run counter to its last formal expressions. Learned Hand
There is a lot of money getting spent to make sure that a very substantial portion of the public stays totally confused about this. And, I mean, it’s been really quite pernicious. But there’s been literally tens of millions of dollars spent on every little thing that comes along that might, you know, relate to some uncertainty. M. Granger Morgan
Even a Dead Fish Can Go with the Flow.” Jim Hightower
Maybe anti-US feeling has gone up in the army. But actually there is in the country a whole lot of anger over the way it happened and the humiliation suffered, and it is inevitably reflected in the army Jehangir Karamat
Action by the leader can shift opinion in his direction. James MacGregor Burns
It isn’t leadership if no one follows. Eugene Robinson
Medieval Europeans did not much fear witches until they created an inquisition to find them. William C. Clark
Aside from the Punic Wars, which I was too young for, I have been blamed for everything. Giulio Andreotti
Frogs are not asked for their opinion when you want to drain a marshland. Janos Koka
Governmental Communism … is repugnant to the worker. Peter Kropotkin
The public must be put in its place...so that each of us can live free of the trampling and the roar of a bewildered herd. Walter Lippmann
Building a democracy was not that difficult because we had a tradition of tribal consultations. Festus Mogae
No less a philosopher than Chief Justice Burger was outraged by Ellsberg's publication of classified documents. They belonged to the Government, Burger reasoned, and Ellsberg had no more right to give them to the people than he would have to filch another man's property off a taxicab seat. The Government, of course, commonly leaks classified documents when it deems publication convenient to manipulate public opinion to its advantage. Only the Government, it seems, has a legal right to manipulate opinion with hot documents. Russell Baker
Disasters don’t always discredit ruling elites. Niall Ferguson
Never before has the gap between American power and its legitimacy been so great. Josef Joffe
Government legitimacy depends on a public perception of fairness. Lawrence Summers
Osama bin Laden is a better propagandist than Karen Hughes …. It is not enough to win a war on the ground any more. You have to win the battle of perceptions. Max Boot
Public opinion in the United States is in favor of legalizing drugs. The one who is blind is the government. War on Drugs
If you want to improve a country, you first need to know it, to listen to it. Romano Prodi
The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosives and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy. And a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own Rod Serling
The silence of peoples is something kings should study. Honore de Mirabeau; Honore Gabriel Victor Requiti
If we always looked to contemporary public opinion we would be a slaveholding British colony today. Mary Matalin
From the beginning of my episcopacy, I made up my mind to do nothing on my own private opinion, without your advice and without the consent of the people. Cyprian of Carthage; Saint Cyprian; Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus
The ignorant classes had been taught to believe that certain words such as "sovereignty," "protection," and so forth had peculiar meanings disastrous to their welfare and significant of future political domination, like that from which they had been recently freed. Elwell Stephen Otis
The best government rests … on the free development of public opinion and not on authority. George Bancroft
I have never been governed by polls … people misunderstand economic development. Rudolph W. Giuliani
You are always too late with a development if you are so slow that people demand it before you yourself recognize it. Charles Kettering
Politics is about wanting to be loved. Leon Panetta
No mighty king, no ambitious emperor, no pope, or prophet ever dreamt of such an awesome pulpit, so potent a magic wand. Fred W. Friendly
In a democratic society like ours, relief must come through an aroused popular conscience that sears the conscience of the people's representatives. Felix Frankfurter
Pat Buchanan likes to say we're in a culture war. The Civil War was a culture war, and brothers killed brothers. I wonder if they avoided dinner conversation about politics. What if this culture war turned into a real war? I'd look back on that dinner and wish that I'd ordered a side of argument Ze Frank
We do not believe in government through the voting booth. The Spanish national will was never freely expressed through the ballot box. Francisco Franco
Public opinion can become polarized into a bimodal distribution with only a few people in the center and many more lying toward the extremes. But under such circumstances, democracy will probably break down … Thomas Eugene Flanagan
Not long ago, if you wanted to seize political power in a country you had merely to control the army and the police. Today it is only in the most backward countries that fascist generals, in carrying out a coup d'état, still use tanks. If a country has reached a high degree of industrialization the whole scene changes. The day after the fall of Khrushchev, the editors of Pravda, Izvestiia, the heads of the radio and television were replaced; the army wasn't called out. Today a country belongs to the person who controls communications. Umberto Eco
Inventors and geniuses have almost always been looked on as no better than fools at the beginning of their career, and very frequently at the end of it also. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Abnormal is so common, it's practically normal. Cory Doctorow
Men's fundamental attitudes toward the world are fixed by the scope and qualities of the activities in which they partake. John Dewey
Public opinion will be led to adopt, without knowing it, the proposals we dare not present to them. Valery Giscard D'estang
The first thing to be said respecting any serious proposition importantly to restrict immigration into the United States is, that such a proposition necessarily and properly encounters a high degree of incredulity, arising from the traditions of our country. From the beginning, it has been the policy of the United States, both officially and according to the prevailing sentiment of our people, to tolerate, to welcome, and to encourage immigration, without qualification and without discrimination. For generations, it was the settled opinion of our people, which found no challenge anywhere, that immigration was a source of both strength and wealth. Francis Amasa Walker
Remind your people in America that they should not lose their confidence, because when they lose their confidence, the whole world suffers. Chen Deming
He in Washington who does not toot his own horn may find it untooted. Howard Baker
Lying is particularly prevalent in democratic states, where leaders need the support of the citizenry in order to execute their policies. Joe Keohane
We live at a time when people do not have much trust in government. Stephen Breyer
Washington concentrates on the ends of government and not the means. But the people are so disgusted by the means, that that is what they now are worried about. Matthew Dowd
The American people have said that they do not want any liquor sold, and they have said it emphatically by passing almost unanimously the constitutional amendment ` Andrew John Volstead
When the population does not feel secure, it is very difficult to win their hearts and minds. Connie Rice
The great majority of the states look upon segregation as discrimination. And those few states that have a special problem in this respect will, in a variety of ways, slowly have to solve their problem and accept the will of the majority. Eleanor Roosevelt
Even legal documents are of little value if there is not behind them the force of public opinion and public approval. Eleanor Roosevelt
The recent dastardly attack on Walter Reuther of the United Automobile Workers was a shocking occurrence. No matter how great our disagreements are, if we are to continue to be a country ruled by law and not by violence, we must try to bring the whole force of public opinion against actions of this kind, whether they are individual actions motivated by some personal feeling or whether they are group actions. Eleanor Roosevelt
There is no way for people to vote against Goldman Sachs. Christopher Hedges
'Tis not possible that our two forms of society can long co-exist. All Christendom is one republic, has one religion, belongs to one race, and is governed by one public opinion. Social systems, formed on opposite principles, cannot co-endure. George Fitzhugh
'Tis not possible that our two forms of society can long co-exist. All Christendom is one republic, has one religion, belongs to one race, and is governed by one public opinion. Social systems, formed on opposite principles, cannot co-endure. George Fitzhugh
After a national crisis, it’s never too early for a partisan debate in Washington. Daniel Schorr
Externally, American imperialists are powerful, but their internal strength is weak because the people do not support them. Khmer Rouge
Our task is to be responsible for our speech, acts and political standpoint. These must be in conformity with the people's ideas and interests Khmer Rouge
The racial inferiority doctrine is beginning to come into disrepute with people of higher education and is no longer supported by the press or by leading public figures Gunnar Myrdal
Racial intermarriage is a very personal problem. I would never say yes or no to intermarriage. Eleanor Roosevelt
We need the help of Muslims to defeat the terrorists—so we have to care what they think [about us]. Robert Satloff
The war on terrorism is a war of ideas. Thomas Friedman
I think we all realize too that there are some people in this Capital City whose task is in large part to stir up dissension, and to magnify normal healthy disagreements so that they appear to be irreconcilable conflicts. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The attempt to make a distinction between recovery and reform is a narrowly conceived effort to substitute the appearance of reality for reality itself. When a man is convalescing from illness, wisdom dictates not only cure of the symptoms but also removal of their cause. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We are defined by our weak moments. David Stern
Hunger is a bad adviser. Virgil
Opinions have caused more ills than the plague or earthquakes on this little globe of ours. Voltaire; Francois-Marie
Whenever you take a stand on an issue, people will line up around the block to kick your ass over it. By having an opinion, you make yourself a target. Why do you think Congress likes to hide behind closed doors at decision-making time? Jesse Ventura
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Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them. Peter Ustinov
Facts are generally overesteemed. For most practical purposes, a thing is what men think it is. When they judged the earth flat, it was flat. As long as men thought slavery tolerable, tolerable it was. We live down here among shadows, shadows among shadows. John Updike
The ruler should endeavor to keep all the subjects pleased with him. The ruler should not let himself be so deluded by the praise he gets from any who approach him as to believe that all the subjects are pleased with him. Mohammed Al-Ghazali Al-Saqqa
What counts is not so much the fact as what the public perceives to be the fact. Barbara Tuchman
It is a public scandal that gives offence, and it is no sin to sin in secret. Jean Molière
War is no longer made by simply analyzed economic forces if it ever was. War is made or planned now by individual men, demagogues and dictators who play on the patriotism of their people to mislead them into a belief in the great fallacy of war when all their vaunted reforms have failed to satisfy the people they misrule. Ernest Hemingway
It isn't important who is ahead at one time or another in either an election or horse race. It's the horse that comes in first at the finish line that counts. Harry S Truman
Changing people’s expectation is the hardest thing to do. Rahm Emanuel
I am not worried about this country ever going Communist. We have too much sense for that Harry S Truman
I court not the votes of the fickle mob. Horace; Quintus Horatius
… moral ideas are not fixed. The attitude of public opinion towards slavery was completely changed in twenty or thirty years. Arnold J. Toynbee
And that which yesterday was the novel opinion of one man, to-day becomes the general opinion of the majority. And as soon as this opinion is established, immediately by imperceptible degrees, but beyond power of frustration, the conduct of mankind begins to alter. Leo Tolstoy
No feats of heroism are needed to achieve the greatest and most important changes in the existence of humanity; neither the armament of millions of soldiers, nor the construction of new roads and machines, nor the arrangement of exhibitions, nor the organization of workmen's unions, nor revolutions, nor barricades, nor explosions, nor the perfection of aerial navigation; but a change in public opinion.. Leo Tolstoy
When an opinion has taken root in a democracy and established itself in the minds of the majority, it afterward persists by itself, needing no effort to maintain it since no one attacks it. Those who at first rejected it as false come in the end to adopt it as accepted, and even those who still at the bottom of their hearts oppose it, keep their views to themselves, taking great care to avoid a dangerous and futile contest. Alexis de Tocqueville
They [Americans] all attributed the peaceful dominion of religion in their country mainly to the separation of church and state. I do not hesitate to affirm that during my stay in America I did not meet a single individual, of the clergy or the laity, who was not of the same opinion on this point. Alexis de Tocqueville
In cities men cannot be prevented from concerting together, and from awakening a mutual excitement which prompts sudden and passionate resolutions. Cities may be looked upon as large assemblies, of which all the inhabitants are members; their populace exercises a prodigious influence upon the magistrates, and frequently executes its own wishes without their intervention. Alexis de Tocqueville
The will of the nation" is one of those expressions which have been most profusely abused by the wily and the despotic of every age. Alexis de Tocqueville
Among other things the Russian experiment, no less than the experience of Socialist parties in Western Europe which have got some degree of power, shows clearly that not even the most cataclysmic revolution can create overnight those habits of mind and that social machinery necessary to the successful functioning of a new social order. Norman Thomas
In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. Thich Nhat Hanh
So many men, so many opinions: to each his own way. Publius Terentius Afer
Forecasting by bureaucrats tends to be used for anxiety relief rather than for adequate policy making. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Only Ponzi schemes should depend on confidence. Governments should never need to “restore confidence.” Cascading rumors are a product of complex systems. Governments cannot stop the rumors. Simply, we need to be in a position to shrug off rumors, be robust in the face of them. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
We now have access to so much information that we can find support for any prejudice or opinion. David Suzuki
… the public has come to accept torture as a legitimate instrument of government, something that the Founding Fathers would have been aghast at. Andrew Sullivan
We derive our authority from God and the West India Company, not from the pleasure of a few ignorant subjects. Peter Stuyvesant
The law itself is on trial in every case as well as the cause before it. Harlan Fiske Stone
…in Europe, he is thought to be the best who is the richest. Desiderius Erasmus
…in a crisis of confidence and credit, psychology is the big factor. Henry L. Stimson
One is treading on very delicate ground when you have to consider the public opinion in China, Japan, the League of Geneva, and at home. It is pretty hard to avoid using a word which may arouse unintended repercussions in one or the other of those half a dozen localities Henry L. Stimson
When America rejected the League, she had deliberately chosen to rest solely upon treaties with the sanction of public opinion alone… Henry L. Stimson
…against the simple act of violence, words, moral indignation and world opinion are not enough. Elting E. Morrison
I am more depressed and troubled than I ever have been in my life. All my life I have been connected with the God-fearing people of this country…and I feel now that I have made a decision which will affront them and make them feel that I have betrayed them. Herbert Hoover
…the bad judgment which is going on in the campaign is beyond all words, but the people of the country are in a humor where they don’t want to hear any reason…They want a change, and I think they are going to get it… Henry L. Stimson
Evidence that has surfaced has cast a black cloud of distrust over our entire society. Our citizens do not know whom to believe, and many of them have concluded that all the processes of government have become so compromised that honest government has been rendered impossible. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
In some countries the effort to debate and legislate the social and ethical implications of the new biological and genetic technologies often precedes their application. This observation confirms the realization by the public that biotechnological applications will interfere with all the basic and profound value systems considered by every human being Calum MacKellar
Terrorism and its executioners have their own agenda, entirely independent of the popular will, of democratic considerations or institutions, or of the aspirations and desires of the community they claim to represent. They are defeated, not by the operation of some mystical force called ‘popular will’, but by the force of arms. Their activities are not some convenient substitute for the ballot box; they are an absolute rejection of every value integral to democracy. K. P. S. Gill
They are spinning and people are dying. Ray Nagin
The truth isn't the truth until people believe you, and they can't believe you if they don't know what your saying, and they can't know what you've saying if they don't listen to you, and they won't listen to you if you're not interesting, and you won't be interesting until you say things imaginatively, originally, freshly. William Bernbach
Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives; no one should be subject to the will of another. Green Party
When you talk to the public about the environment it goes in one ear and out the other. They are only interested in the now. Philip Wylie
What you always do before you make a decision is consult. The best public policy is made when you are listening to people who are going to be impacted. Then, once a policy is determined, you call on them to help you sell it. Elizabeth Dole
Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law. John Paul Stevens
Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires. John Steinbeck
A creator is not in advance of his generation but he is the first of his contemporaries to be conscious of what is happening to his generation. Gertrude Stein
If men's minds were as easily controlled as their tongues, every king would sit safely on his throne Baruch Spinoza
Everyone wishes to catch popular applause for himself, and readily represses the fame of others. Baruch Spinoza
... the populace is variable and inconstant, so that, if a reputation be not kept up, it quickly withers away. Baruch Spinoza
He whose honor is rooted in popular approval must, day by day, anxiously strive, act, and scheme in order to retain his reputation. Baruch Spinoza
The immediate reaction of the poets who fought in the war was cynicism... The war dramatized for them the contrast between the still-idealistic young, living and dying on the unalteringly horrible stage-set of the Western front, with the complacency of the old at home, the staff officers behind the lines. In England there was violent anti-German feeling; but for the poet-soldiers the men in the trenches on both sides seemed united in pacific feelings and hatred of those at home who had sent them out to kill each other. Stephen Spender
Since the mass of mankind are too ignorant or too indolent to think seriously, if majorities are right it is by accident. John Lancaster Spalding
God has not made a world which suits all; how shall a sane man expect to please all? John Lancaster Spalding
Global warming' is just the latest in a long line of hysterical crusades to which we seem to be increasingly susceptible. Thomas Sowell
All art is propaganda. It is universally and inescapably propaganda; sometimes unconsciously, but often deliberately, propaganda. Upton Sinclair
The world you perceive is a drastically simplified model of the real world. Herbert A. Simon
There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church — which is, of course, quite a different thing. Fulton J. Sheen
Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the center of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest. Arthur Schopenhauer
Every true thinker for himself is so far like a monarch; he is absolute, and recognizes nobody above him. His judgments, like the decrees of a monarch, spring from his own sovereign power and proceed directly from himself. He takes as little notice of authority as a monarch does of a command; nothing is valid unless he has himself authorized it. On the other hand, those of vulgar minds, who are swayed by all kinds of current opinions, authorities, and prejudices, are like the people which in silence obey the law and commands. Arthur Schopenhauer
World history is the world's court. Johann Friedrich von Schiller
Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity Antonin Scalia
I am the people — the mob — the crowd — the mass. Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me? Carl Sandburg
More noise occurs from a single man shouting than a hundred thousand who are quiet. Jose de San Martin
As for my conduct in public office, my compatriots, as is usually the case, will divide their opinions; their children will render true judgment. Jose de San Martin
Majorities are generally wrong, if only in their reasons for being right. George Saintsbury
In science, address the few; in literature, the many. In science, the few must dictate opinion to the many; in literature, the many, sooner or later, force their judgment on the few…. In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton; 1st Baron of Knebworth
I suspect that the most important effect of World War II on physical science lay in the change in the attitude of people to science. The politicians and the public were convinced that science was useful and were in no position to argue about the details. A professor of physics might be more sinister than he was in the 1930s, but he was no longer an old fool with a beard in a comic-strip. The scientists or at any rate the physicists, had changed their attitude. They not only believed in the interest of science for themselves, they had acquired also a belief that the tax-payer should and would pay for it and would, in some unspecified length of run, benefit by it. Edward Bullard
Science now finds itself in paradoxical strife with society: admired but mistrusted; offering hope for the future but creating ambiguous choice; richly supported yet unable to fulfill all its promise; boasting remarkable advances but criticized for not serving more directly the goals of society. J. Michael Bishop
Public opinion is the atmosphere of society, without which the forces of the individual would collapse, and all the institutions of society fly into atoms. William R. Alger
You can't possibly be a scientist if you mind people thinking that you're a fool. Douglas Adams
The declaration that our People are hostile to a government made by themselves, for themselves, and conducted by themselves, is an insult. John Adams
The public does not necessarily want to hear, much less to act on unsettling or disturbing findings… censorship can be, and is frequently supported by the majority of the population. Ismail Serageldin
How do we protect free speech, when it may well be seen by the majority of the population as something that undermines the “just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare…? Legislating against free speech is always dangerous. Worse, in some countries and contexts, lawsuits have been used to harass those who hold dissenting or contrarian views. Ismail Serageldin
At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice. Gore Vidal
… knowing as the man in the street always does Fulke Baron; Charles Fulke Greville
The people weren't quite ready for a socialist production system. Gus Hall
Everything will be all right ... when people stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction and see it as a drawing they made themselves. Dag Hammarskjold
Counting heads is not an ideal way to govern, at least it is better than breaking them. Learned Hand
Let us give our Republic not the best possible laws but the best which they will bear. William George Vernon Harcourt
The success of our popular government rests wholly upon the correct interpretation of the deliberate, intelligent, dependable popular will of America. Warren G. Harding
Political activities are still suspended …. The population has always acted according to its feelings instead of its mind. Albano Jorge Harguindeguy
When people feel they’re heard and understood, they’ll listen. Frank Luntz
It is extremely difficult to rescind entitlements to which people think they are legally entitled. Taxes can easily go up and down. There isn’t the same political pressure. Alan Greenspan
The career of politics, formerly considered among Americans so honorable, but latterly so much the, reverse, will once again resume its old position, and, indeed, more than its old position. It will have all the characteristics of a respectable and powerful profession, founded on merit and the interest of all its members in the work to which they have devoted their lives. Atlantic Monthly
No one can deny that the Americans are more democratic than the English; yet the government of England feels more directly than that of the United States the force of public opinion. Each has its check on the action of the popular will. In the United States the check is found in narrowing and lengthening the channels by which that will reaches the governing powers; in England it consists of an hereditary crown and an hereditary nobility, which can restrain but cannot thwart the people. Herbert Tuttle
The student of French history will recall three systems which have tried to deal with this admitted passion of the French people. The Bourbons crushed it; the Orleanists snubbed it; the Bonapartes deceived it. Herbert Tuttle
Since it was evidently the intention of our fellow-citizens to make Mr. Jefferson their President, it seems proper to fulfill that intention. Gouverneur Morris
Public opinion said that every man who did not embrace the very surest and earliest opportunity of getting himself mustered into actual service was a coward. George Cary Eggleston
I continue faithful to the measure of Parliamentary reform brought forward by Mr. Pitt. I am firmly persuaded that at present a prodigious majority of the people of this country are adverse to the measure. In my view, so far from being an objection to the discussion, this is rather a recommendation. William Wilberforce
...in the present circumstances of Burma, her membership in any alliance with a great-power military bloc is incompatible with her continued existence as an independent State. This may seem to be putting it strongly, but it is a fact. Our recent history is such, our experience with great powers is such, that in the minds of the people of Burma an alliance with a big power immediately means domination by that power. It means the loss of independence. You may question the validity of that belief. But perhaps you will accept my statement that it is a political fact of life today that any Government of Burma which aligned itself with a big-power bloc would at once lose the confidence and support of the people. U Nu
Our permanent enemy is the noted bellicosity of human nature.... The plain truth is that people want war.... It is a sacrament. Society would rot, they think, without the mystical blood-payment. William James
… while the people generally have grown as weary as the President himself of the long and costly struggle in the Philippines, fomented and maintained in a measure by the President's critics, it seems certain that a majority of the voters would have condemned at the polls a surrender to Aguinaldo or an abandonment of the purpose of the President in the Philippines Henry B.F. Macfarland
Governments never lead; they follow progress Lucy E. Parsons
The people are not satisfied with any form of government, or statute law, until it comes up to their sense of justice; so every progressive State revises its statutes from time to time, and at each revision comes nearer to the absolute right which human nature demands. Theodore Parker
It is worth being shot at to see how much one is loved. Queen Victoria
We never heard a politician so desperate not to offend conventional elite opinion while pretending to be fearless and forthright. Claud Cockburn
It is not the same thing—society and government Laurent Fabius
Theodore Roosevelt provoked an outcry when he banned Christmas Trees from the White House as a conservationist measure, but he relented when convinced that his position was untenable. Albert J. Menendez
For the things we [scientists] are working on no amount of protesting or fiddling with politics will save our souls. The accident that we worked out this terrible thing [nuclear weapons] should not give us the responsibility of having a voice in how it is to be used. The responsibility must in the end be shifted to the people as a whole and that can only be done by making the facts known. Edward Teller
There are no people in the world who are so slow to develop hostile feelings against a foreign country as the Americans, and no people who, once estranged, are more difficult to win back. Winston Churchill
People of the world have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power. Bill Clinton
… the enforcement of public opinion depends on our appreciation of the approbation and disapprobation of others; and this appreciation is founded on our sympathy, which it can hardly be doubted was originally developed through natural selection as one of the most important elements of the social instincts. Charles Darwin
People really don’t care if politicians attack each other with untrue stories. They figure if you don’t want to get hurt, you shouldn’t have filed for office. They figure whatever happens to us, our lives will be better than theirs. Bill Clinton
We must know what we think and speak out, even at the risk of unpopularity. In the final analysis, a democratic government represents the sum total of the courage and the integrity of its individuals. It cannot be better than they are. Eleanor Roosevelt
In our country we must trust the people to hear and see both the good and the bad and to choose the good. The Un-American Activities Committee seems to me to be better for a police state than for the USA. Eleanor Roosevelt
One thing is sure — none of the arts flourishes on censorship and repression. And by this time it should be evident that the American public is capable of doing its own censoring. Certainly, the Thomas Committee is growing more ludicrous daily. Eleanor Roosevelt
That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse. Mark Twain
[Humanity] is governed by minorities, seldom or never by majorities. It suppresses its feelings and its beliefs and follows the handful that makes the most noise. Sometimes the noisy handful is right, sometimes wrong, but no matter, the crowd follows it. Mark Twain
...nations have no command over their governments, & in fact no influence over them, except of a fleeting & rather ineffectual sort. Mark Twain
A crowd, proportionately to its size, magnifies all that in its units pertains to the emotions, and diminishes all that in them pertains to thought. Max Beerbohm
It isn't an easy thing to cater to a public that gets tired of anything in about three days. Charles Dudley Warner
To be vested with enormous authority is a fine thing; but to have the on-looking world consent to it is a finer. Mark Twain
Whatever may be said about the power of the press, it is undeniable that it can set the entire public thinking and talking about any topic . . . Charles Dudley Warner
The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools? I think we can agree it's the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it's the fools that form the overwhelming majority. Henrik Ibsen
The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return Gore Vidal
Public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice Gore Vidal
But that's the whole point of corporatism: to try and remove the public from making decisions over their own fate, to limit the public arena, to control opinion, to make sure that the fundamental decisions that determine how the world is going to be run —which include production, commerce, distribution, thought, social policy, foreign policy, everything—are not in the hands of the public, but rather in the hands of highly concentrated private power. In effect, tyranny unaccountable to the public. Noam Chomsky
Without general elections, without unrestrained freedom of press and assembly, without a free struggle of opinion, life dies out in every public institution…in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element. Rosa Luxemburg
The trade of the petty usurer is hated with most reason: it makes a profit from currency itself, instead of making it from the process which currency was meant to serve. Their common characteristic is obviously their sordid avarice. Aristotle
The Protestant Church is regarded by the great mass of the Irish people as an active cause of oppression and misery. Henry George Grey
The policy of depriving capital executions of their present publicity is well worthy of careful revision; and Sir James Graham, in obedience to your Majesty's desire, will bring the subject under the notice of his colleagues. He is disposed to think that the sentence might be carried into execution in the presence of a Jury to be summoned by the Sheriff with good effect; and that the great body of idle spectators might be excluded, without diminishing the salutary terror and awful warning which this extreme punishment is intended to produce on the public mind. In dealing, however, with a matter in which the community has so deep an interest, it is prudent not to violate public opinion, and caution is necessary before a change of the long-established usage is proposed. James Robert George Graham
The Republican brand is in the trash can. If we were dog food, they would take us off the shelf. Thomas M. Davis III
In America there is not one single element of civilization that is not made to depend, in the end, upon public opinion. Henry Ward Beecher
If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America. Lyndon B. Johnson
No one you'd really like to see in public office has the bad taste to run. F. Paul Wilson
The old saying of ‘Vox populi, vox Dei’, as every philosopher knows, cannot be trusted in science. Charles Darwin
I have watched how steadily the general feeling, as shown at elections, has been rising against Slavery. What a proud thing for England if she is the first European nation which utterly abolishes it! Charles Darwin
On the political chessboard of internal palace intrigue politics, our people were played last night as a pawn…. It is why the American people hate Congress. It is why they hate them. Chris Christie
We will never get anywhere in fighting the pistol until we convert public opinion to the belief that the revolver has no value as a weapon of defense. William McAdoo
I have read your proposed speech. Your argument is like that of the man who is accused of seduction and defends himself by explaining that he has committed rape. Elihu Root
No president … has ever quarreled with Congress as a whole, or with either chamber, without being backed by the people. The great body of voters hate what they regard as an unequal fight, and may always be trusted to side with the one man as against the many; with the public servant whom they have jointly elected, as against any number of public servants chosen to represent fractional parts of the Union. Francis E. Leupp
When a judge decides a constitutional question, when he decides what the people as a whole can or cannot do, the people should have a right to recall that decision if they think it is wrong. If the courts have the first say so as to all legislative acts, and if no appeal can lie from them to the people, then they are the irresponsible masters of the people. Theodore Roosevelt
How can there be so vast a difference of opinion in an age so intelligent and educated as ours? Is half the world struck blind to-day, and is sight given to the other half alone? No, there is neither incurable blindness, nor is sight vouchsafed only to a few. The sole reason for the confusion is that men employ different standards in measuring the same thing, and for this reason find it impossible to understand each other. Guglielmo Ferrero
Have two centuries of education nothing to do with our success, or an eternity of ignorance with Mexican failure? Was our government a lucky guess, and theirs an unfortunate speculation? The one lesson that America is destined to teach the world, or to miss her destiny in failing to teach, has with us passed into a truism, and is yet continually lost sight of; it is the magnificent result of three thousand years of experiment: the simple truth, that no government is so firm, so truly conservative, and so wholly indestructible, as a government founded and dependent for support upon the affections and good-will of a moral, intelligent, and educated community Charles Francis Adams II
Politics is concerned with herds rather than with individuals, and the passions which are important in politics are, therefore, those in which the various members of a given herd can feel alike. Bertrand; 3rd Earl of Kingston
The Press is such as the public demands, and the public demands bad newspapers because it has been badly educated. Bertrand Russell
What does the term "anti-American" mean? Does it mean you are anti-jazz? Or that you're opposed to freedom of speech? That you don't delight in Toni Morrison or John Updike? That you have a quarrel with giant sequoias? Does it mean that you don't admire the hundreds of thousands of American citizens who marched against nuclear weapons, or the thousands of war resisters who forced their government to withdraw from Vietnam? Does it mean that you hate all Americans? Arundhati Roy
Scientific method isn't about winning popularity contests. It's also not about being with the majority opinion. It isn't supposed be determined by politics. It is about attempting to limit bias or prejudice in the results David A. Ridenour
We give lip service to the importance of deficit reduction, but Americans oppose every single thing that you might do to reduce the deficit. Alan S. Blinder
If you call anything “big government”, Americans will be against it reflexively. Alan S. Blinder
I think that mind-sets are changing in the Middle East. Poll after poll is showing that men see the value of greater female participation and empowerment. We still have a long way to go, but Islam should not be used as a scapegoat. The obstacles that face women today are more cultural. It's not about the religion. Rania Al-Abdullah
Men's fundamental attitudes toward the world are fixed by the scope and qualities of the activities in which they partake. John Dewey
We've reached a truly remarkable situation: a grotesque mismatch between the American intelligencia and the American electorate. Richard Dawkins
The evils of war must fall upon the people, and with them the war-feeling should originate. We, their representatives, are but a mirror to reflect the light, and never should become a torch to fire the pile. Jefferson Davis
We’re very hard on our intelligence agencies. Condoleeza Rice
Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper. Margaret Thatcher
My job is to stop Britain going red. Margaret Thatcher
We are not in politics to ignore peoples' worries: we are in politics to deal with them. Margaret Thatcher
I would like somebody to be hated more than I am. Dionysius the Elder
Political leaders will never take risks unless the people push them to take risks. Barack Obama
Everyone is an expert on T.V., just as he is on education; everyone has some education and a T.V. set. Judy LaMarsh
May a monument be erected to me in your hearts, as it is to you in mine. Alexander II
When I was very young, I was attracted to men and to government. I assumed that my attraction for men would likely interfere with my activity in government. I could not have believed that today, my attraction to men is much more politically acceptable than my attraction to government. Barney Frank
War is a crime perpetrated by hearts hardened like weapons Albius Tibullus
It is an enormous simplification to speak of the American mind. Every American has his own mind. It is absurd to ascribe any achievements and virtues or any misdeeds and vices of individual Americans to America as such.... What makes the American people different from any other people is the joint effect produced by the thoughts and actions of innumerable uncommon Americans. Ludwig von Mises
No ruler who lacks the gift of persuasion can stay in office long; it is the indispensable condition of government. It would be an idle illusion to assume that any government, no matter how good, could lastingly do without public consent. Ludwig von Mises
To fill the minds of the public with hatreds, jealousies, and suspicions is to poison the fountains of public security. Robert Hall (minister)
We find—in the case of political affairs—that the most servile submission to privileged classes, and the grossest abuses of power by these, have been the precursors of the wildest ebullitions of popular fury,—of the overthrow indiscriminately of ancient institutions, good and bad. Richard Whately
Nothing is more difficult, in general, than to make a nation perceive anything as true, or seek its own interest, in any manner but as its forefathers have opined and acted. Henry Hallam
I would never seek foreign conflicts just to distract attention from domestic difficulties; that would be frivolous. Prince Otto von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
Let the other side also have a hearing. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Cultural views often don't move at all for a very long time, but when they move they can move very fast. David Frum
The endless money chase has given the appearance of corrupting government. John Kerry
Voters are not great at reading issues. They are great at reading character. David Brooks
Sometimes it's hard to tell which evokes more anger – businesses that know and care about nothing except profits or governments that know and care about nothing except power and paper-pushing. However, anger is not a solution. Anger attempts to shout down problems, and it never works. Rich Turner
Soldiers will continue to die in wars that few can convincingly explain why we are fighting. Rich Turner
… you can have peace at the barrel of a gun, but unless you have peace with justice and self-determination, and allow people to exist in a way where they feel they have had justice done, they can determine their own future, you will never have a just situation, you will never have peace. Valerie Morse
Since the attacks on September 11th, I do not believe there has been any serious effort by the US mainstream press to review the history of US involvement in and support of terrorism. The news is monopolized by those who want to go to war. For that reason, I do not think it will be very easy to avoid this 'war on terrorism'. The US media are so powerful, and they fill our minds every day with what they think we should know and how we should interpret it. They are working hand-in-hand with the Government, and they share the same values. Philip Agee
Debating the peace process to most Israelis is the equivalent of debating the color of the shirt you were going to wear when landing on Mars. Yair Lapid
While public participation in the promulgation of new regulations is allowed, and often required, the process is generally perfunctory and dismissive. Jonathan Turley
It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners. Albert Camus
Yes, and many of them still do. Eleanor Roosevelt
Everyone champions freedom of expression in the abstract but few can resist calling for censorship when they do not like what is being expressed. Stephen Schwartz
We need to have some people fired for reasons of public trust. Thomas Massie
Public officials often learn a great deal from the concerns and objections of citizens. (I certainly did) …. those who have the privilege of serving the American public should listen closely to those whom they are privileged to serve. Cass Sunstein
“The Wisdom of Crowds” suggests that if enough bumbling people act in concert, they’ll find their way to a less bumbling place. Frank Bruni
That we Americans are out to lunch isn’t news. But every once in a while a fresh factoid like the Obamacare ignorance comes along to remind us that we’re out to breakfast and dinner as well. Frank Bruni
Money is influential in Congress, but votes will kick money’s ass any time they come up against each other. Barney Frank
Ordinary people abroad take a better attitude toward men who come as guests with their wives. ….Therefore, I would propose that Khrushchev take Nina Petrovna with him and also include in the delegation other members of his family. This will be well received by ordinary Americans, and that would be better for us. Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan
Those who dare to speak out about major public events may not receive tangible benefits, but they receive the very considerable reward of high moral reputation among fellow Chinese as well as in the international community. Liu Xiaobo
The history of the world is the world’s court of justice Johann Friedrich von Schiller
Maintaining legitimacy in an authoritarian state is very difficult. Noah Feldman
There is nothing in the situation to be disturbed about Andrew Mellon
Somewhere "out there," beyond the walls of the courthouse, run currents and tides of public opinion which lap at the courtroom door. William Rehnquist
One cannot be independent of the deep thinking of the people. Robert Byrd
Once nations get emotional, their relationships can change at bewildering speed. Walter Russell Mead
Time has proved that the Supreme Court’s judgment was wrong on the most outstanding issues upon which it chose to challenge the popular branches Robert Houghwout Jackson
No people ever recognize their dictator in advance. He never stands for election on the platform of dictatorship. He always represents himself as the instrument — the Incorporated National Will. ... When our dictator turns up, you can depend on it that he will be one of the boys, and he will stand for everything traditionally American Dorothy Thompson

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