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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
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 voice of the majority is no proof of justice. Friedrich Schiller
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
Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect. Herbert Spencer
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 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
Let the people think they govern and they will be governed. William Penn
It is impossible to please all the world and one's father. Jean de La Fontaine
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
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
A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement. Abba Eban
The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth. Edith Sitwell
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
... the taint of slavery will render the cause of the South loathsome to the civilized world. Richard Bickerton Pemell Lyons
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
Observer's Paradox: How you are doing in the polls will affect how you are doing in the polls. Alexandra Petri
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.
Arrogantly demanding their rights, activist gays and lesbians have become a militant voice in American politics, influencing elections and affecting the policies of high government leaders. Their public demonstrations and political lobbying have fooled many in our country into believing that they deserve special status. William R. Bright
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
We may blunder on in spite of repeated miscalculations of the popular will Leonard Henry Courtney
The people’s priorities are our priorities. The people’s concerns are our concerns. Tony Blair
Leaders respond when they perceive that there will be a political cost of inaction. Don Cheadle
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
Polls are not the instruments of the mob. They offer the prospect of leadership wedded to a finely calibrated measurement of opinion. Dick Morris
You have a lot of ideas …. I want them so I can test them. Dick Morris
Internet referendums will not, in the beginning, have any legally binding effect, but they will be politically binding. Dick Morris
The icons of the past relied on political instinct. Now Presidents can use scientific polls and focus groups. Dick Morris
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
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
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
Politicians do what they hear from the American people. John C. Danforth
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
It’s not the mainstream. It’s just the status quo. Tom Selleck
The Press, which is mostly controlled by vested interests, has an excessive influence on public opinion. Albert Einstein
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
…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
Public agencies should be criticized. Dana Gioia
The people are certainly the best judges whether they are well governed. Jonathan Shipley
Fear of the consequences of the masses’ indignation often induces the class holding parliamentary power to make concessions which the masses would not otherwise have obtained Anton Pannekoek
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
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
Polls move money as much as money moves polls. Aaron Sorkin
Certainly the people have the right to say that they do not want to do something. Kerry Neb
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
Pollsters don't vote. People vote. Anonymous
The Voice of the People is the Supreme Law [Voce Populi Lex Suprema] 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
The only way to deal with gridlock is compromise. And if we compromise, it means we’ll have a confused policy. Kazuo Aichi
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
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
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
Puritan standards have become the public standards of America, and you will find more of New England in Colorado Springs, Boulder, or Greeley than in most towns of Massachusetts. James Baker
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
Polls make leadership impossible. Mary Frances Berry
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
We ought to change polls, not to follow polls. 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
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
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
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
The people is a beast of muddy brain that knows not its own strength. Tommaso Campanella
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
Vain hope to make people happy by politics! Thomas Carlyle
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
Politics is a like physics. Whatever goes up has to come down a little bit. James Carville
How many fools does it take to make up a public? Nicolas Chamfort
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
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
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
Forget the polls and remember the people. Blanche Wiesen Cook
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
Our leaders now are entirely spooked by polls. William Crystal
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
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
Polling can undermine the ability of officials to lay out, debate, analyze, and implement their plans. By turning to instant [electronic] polls we would eliminate the captain and the officers and leave every shipboard decision to the passengers. Michael L. Dertouzos
Polling can undermine the ability of officials to lay out, debate, analyze, and implement their plans. By turning to instant [electronic] polls we would eliminate the captain and the officers and leave every shipboard decision to the passengers. Michael L. Dertouzos
Polls are only good for dogs. John G. Diefenbaker
The founding fathers set up this country as a republic—not a democracy. John Dingell
You can’t be too firm. What the public meetings want is nonsense, not politics: something quite shadowy, speculative, and not practical. Benjamin Disraeli
Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing. Benjamin Disraeli
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
Our government has become a system rather than a living expression of the popular will. Esther Dyson
The average American doesn't know the difference between a Contra and a caterpillar or between a Sandinista and a sardine. John P. East
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinion. Albert Einstein
Had President Truman not gone ahead with the dropping of the atomic bomb, I think he would have been impeached. George Elsey
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
The only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion. 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
The nation is a power hard to rouse, but when roused harder still and more hopeless to resist. William E. Gladstone
In polling, truth is what people perceive. Ed Goeas
What the multitude says is so, or soon will be. Baltasar Gracian
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
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
Nobody knows what people want. Richard Frank
The Pulse of Democracy George Gallup; Saul Rae
The factors that are the long-term influences on opinion in this country are education, social and economic background, and religion. Those are the great constants. People's basic attitudes change very little. George Gallup
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
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
The public has to have a head, and if the President takes the heads away, the public will have his. Leonard Garment
The voice of the people is the voice of God. Hesiod
Out of sight, out of mind. John Heywood
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
People don't want to be thought of as racists ... all polls tend to over-report tolerance. Susan Howell
We are ruled by public opinion, not by statute law. Elbert Hubbard
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
That mysterious independent variable of political calculation, Public Opinion. Thomas Huxley
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
Public opinion polls would have maintained slavery. Jesse Jackson
Surveys give us a way of finding out what people across the country are thinking. Mae Jemison
The people sometimes may be misled by the lying spirit in the mouths of their prophets, but never perverted; and in the end are always right. Andrew Johnson
After a point it does not matter whether ... perceptions are true or false; it is the perceptions that matter. Eddie Bernice Johnson
Opinion and protest are the life breath of democracy—even when it blows heavy. Lyndon B. Johnson
We don't base our opinions on the Gallup Poll. 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
Not a single person in this country has voted and we already know we've been defeated. Modern technology takes a lot of the honest emotion out of politics. Hamilton Jordan
Rulers who prefer popular opinion to truth have as much power as robbers in the desert. Justin Martyr
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
This is a democracy, not a dictatorship. Polls give candidates a method to find out what voters want. Christine Mathews
I'd rather be underestimated by the polltakers than by the voters. Eugene McCarthy
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
When a man can take a poll and tell what everybody is thinking, that means nobody is really thinking anymore. Marshall McLuhan
There may be a limit beyond which many Americans and much of the world will not permit the United States to go. John McNaughton
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
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
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
If you're unpopular, it means you've done the tough things. Brian Mulroney
I've learned a long time ago not to take polls too seriously. Brian Mulroney
Free government is government by public opinion. Upon the soundness and integrity of public opinion depends the destiny of democracy. Robert M. La Follette
Quebec has no opinions, only emotions. Wilfrid Laurier
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
Early polls mean nothing. Allan Lichtman
The pollsters are engaged in an ancient and primitive rite—trying to predict the future. Patricia Nelson Limerick
A universal feeling, whether well or ill-founded, can not be safely disregarded. Abraham Lincoln
Public opinion in this country is everything. 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
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
Where all think alike, none thinks very much. Walter Lippmann
The Digest's Presidential Poll Is On! The Digest's smooth-running machine moves with the swift precision of thirty years' experience to reduce guess-work to hard fact. Literary Digest
All I care about is what the boys at the fork of the creek think of me. Huey P. Long
The worse I do the more popular I get. John F. Kennedy
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
Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest violence Jewish Proverb
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
I don’t poll. I go out into the communities and talk to regular people. That’s the poll. Al Sharpton
Public outrage gets used up. You just move to a lower standard. Paul Sarbanes
I saw my father march with Martin Luther King Mitt Romney
Public opinion has become the public law George Francis Train
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
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
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
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
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
The general right of the whole decides what is good and what is evil Baruch Spinoza
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
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
Like any poll, it depends on the ethnicity of the person asking the questions and the nature of the questions. Otis Graham Jr.
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
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
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
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.
The last I checked, this is an election, and in an election we play politics. Shannon F. Reeves
Many people would like Osama bin Laden … to hurt America, but they do not want bin Laden to rule their children. Shibley Telhami
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
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
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
The public is a ferocious beast: one must chain it up or flee from it. Voltaire
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
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
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
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 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
It is long since I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value. Alexander Hamilton
Your people, sir, is nothing but a great beast! Alexander Hamilton
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
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
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
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
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
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
The best government rests … on the free development of public opinion and not on authority. George Bancroft
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
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
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
Public opinion will be led to adopt, without knowing it, the proposals we dare not present to them. Valery Giscard D'estang
Lobbyists can pay consultants to do studies that say anything. John Walke
We live at a time when people do not have much trust in government. Stephen Breyer
Even legal documents are of little value if there is not behind them the force of public opinion and public approval. Eleanor Roosevelt
In the coffee shops of the Middle East, where only conspiracies are believed and the simple truth is considered naivete or duplicity, America’s motives are invariably assumed to be malicious. Kenneth M. Pollack
In case you haven’t noticed, we are now almost as feared and hated all over the world as the Nazis were. Kurt Vonnegut
Opinions have caused more ills than the plague or earthquakes on this little globe of ours. Voltaire; Francois-Marie
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
What counts is not so much the fact as what the public perceives to be the fact. Barbara Tuchman
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
The law itself is on trial in every case as well as the cause before it. Harlan Fiske Stone
... the populace is variable and inconstant, so that, if a reputation be not kept up, it quickly withers away. Baruch Spinoza
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
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
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
Majorities are generally wrong, if only in their reasons for being right. George Saintsbury
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
At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice. Gore Vidal
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the right side of the argument, it just matters whether you have the right ear. John McCain
… knowing as the man in the street always does Fulke Baron; Charles Fulke Greville
Counting heads is not an ideal way to govern, at least it is better than breaking them. Learned Hand
The condition of our survival in any but the meagerest existence is our willingness to accommodate ourselves to the conflicting interests of others, to learn to live in a social world. Learned Hand
The success of our popular government rests wholly upon the correct interpretation of the deliberate, intelligent, dependable popular will of America. Warren G. Harding
Whoever controls the question determines the answer. Frank Luntz
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
… 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
It is worth being shot at to see how much one is loved. Queen Victoria
I have never seen a poll elect anyone Roland Martin
We never heard a politician so desperate not to offend conventional elite opinion while pretending to be fearless and forthright. Claud Cockburn
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
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
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
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 condition of our survival in any but the meagerest existence is our willingness to accommodate ourselves to the conflicting interests of others, to learn to live in a social world. Learned Hand
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
Real leaders do not follow polls. Real leaders change polls. Chris Christie
If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America. Lyndon B. Johnson
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
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
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
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
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
Cultural views often don't move at all for a very long time, but when they move they can move very fast. David Frum
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
Yes, and many of them still do. Eleanor Roosevelt
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
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
Maintaining legitimacy in an authoritarian state is very difficult. Noah Feldman
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
I'm sick and tired of polls telling us what we already know over and over again. Jack Germond
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
Polls are contradictory when the public opinion is such. Lewis D. Eigen
As long as public opinion influences politicians, those who can influence public opinion will have great political weight Lewis D. Eigen
There is no person in this town who is doing particularly well at the moment when it comes to the opinions of the American people. Barack Obama
America is always a good target for a populist. In many countries, particularly authoritative systems, if you want to get an extra bonus, you bash the Americans. Mohamed El Baradei
Kings are the peoples Idols, creatures of their own making John Cooke
If you only talk to people who agree with you, it’s easy to believe that you’re in the majority. Mark Shields
Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty; that our governments are too unstable; that the public good is disregarded in the conflict of rival parties; and that measures are too often decided, not according to rules of justice, and the rights of the minor party; but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.... James Madison
… the most powerful weapon that we have our command to-day is public opinion. Statesmen quail before it and it could move mountains! Eleanor Roosevelt
The Egyptian people have their own free will and the Army and the police are there to implement that will. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Americans loathe anything that reeks of appeasement. Richard K. Betts
I do not represent public opinion. I represent the public. There is a wide difference between the two, between the real interests of the public and the public’s opinion of those interests. Theodore Roosevelt
It's amazing how people can get so excited about a rocket to the moon and not give a damn about smog, oil leaks, the devastation of the environment with pesticides, hunger, disease. When the poor share some of the power that the affluent now monopolize, we will give a damn. Cesar Chavez
The voices of a billion Indians … are telling us that the course of their lives cannot be decided by a handful of people behind closed doors who are not fully accountable to them. They are telling us that India’s governmental system … robs people of their voice, a system that disempowers rather than empowering. Rahul Gandhi
Despite the frequent drama at the political level, America and Americans have found a comfortable center line in what it is they want their government to do and what it is that they accept their government doing. It is that practical consensus that has fostered such powerful continuity between to vastly different Presidents—George W, Bush and Barack Obama—when it comes to this conflict. Michael Hayden
When the political columnists say 'Every thinking man' they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to 'Every intelligent voter' they mean everybody who is going to vote for them Franklin P. Adams
No usurped power can stand against the artillery of opinion. William Godwin
The will of 1.3 billion Chinese people cannot be infringed upon. Cao Gangchuan
Policy makers do the right thing only if the public makes as much noise as possible. Mary Alice Crimm
It is much easier to establish trust than it is to reestablish it once you have lost it. Ana Navarro
The rejection of the scientific consensus on climate change is one of the many examples of populist revolt against expert consensus in the United States today. Walter Russell Mead
South Korean public opinion is still sometimes xenophobic and chauvinistic—an expression of the country’s long-held resentment of being a proverbial “shrimp among whales”. Marcus Noland
I am not so enamored of my own opinions that I disregard what others may think of them Nicolaus Copernicus
My personal opinion is that a referendum is not necessary to sense public opinion or get a non-partisan consideration of this question. It cannot relieve the President and the Senate of their constitutional powers and duties in respect to foreign relations. I believe the American people prefer to express their will through the representatives selected by them, and in accordance with our long-established constitutional methods. Norman H. Davis
When Germany was defeated in 1918, the Armistice was granted upon the understanding that Germany would be required to pay for the damage sustained by the civilian populations in the victorious countries. The ascertainment of the amount of that damage was of course extraordinarily difficult …. political embarrassments would have been encountered in fixing the precise amount, for passions were running so high that any indemnity within the bounds of reason would have been too low to satisfy popular expectations. Walker Downer Hines
Prejudices were deeply rooted; the people really believed themselves to be the richest of the world, even though they lived in destitution. They took the potentialities of the country for actual wealth. Toribio Esquivel Obregon
For the first time in the history of our country the majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years. Jimmy Carter
If people view somebody as great, then he is. William Thomas
The public is moved by mood more than logic, by instinct more than reason, and that is something that every politician must make use of or guard against Jean Chretien
No law however formal can withstand the effect of changes in opinion. Elihu Root
… we should remember that the real power behind international as well as national progress towards better conditions is public opinion Elihu Root
The convictions of the multitudes … are sincere convictions. They are, as we know, sometimes disastrously erroneous; but they are also disastrously honest. Norman Angell
I am so out of sympathy with what seems to be the prevailing currents of American opinion that I keep my judgment suspended as regards the political wisdom of certain [Republican] party moves Theodore Roosevelt
The plebiscite which restored Constantine to the throne, though it undoubtedly registered the will of the Greek people at that time, was never accepted by Britain and France, nor by the United States. Hamilton Fish Armstrong
I have been brought up amongst the Irish people. I was reared in a laborers cottage here in Ireland. I have not lived soley amongst the intellectuals—whever I wanted to know what the Irish people wanted, I had only to examine my own heart and it told me straight away what the Irish people wanted. Eamon de Valera
It is important not to confuse the national spirit with that of the faction which presently dominates… Samuel Iperusz Wiselius
No foreign ruler or man of eminence could have aroused more universal attention, received a warmer welcome or achieved greater popularity among every class of society New York Times
If I had been President, I should have acted on the thirtieth or thirty-first of July, as head of a signatory power of the Hague treaties, calling attention to the guaranty of Belgium's neutrality and saying [to Germany] that I accepted the treaties as imposing a serious obligation which I expected not only the United States but all other neutral nations to join in enforcing. Of course, I would not have made such a statement unless I was willing to back it up. I believe that if I had been President the American people would have followed me. Theodore Roosevelt
The great work which is to be done is to change public opinion. Dorothy Day
It is impossible to carry the American people along with you on a program of caution to forestall a threatening position. Harold L. Ickes
The Pulpit, the Press, and the Novel—these undisputedly are the great molders of public opinion and public morals to-day. Frank Norris
Bigger Than His Party. Puck Magazine
Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers. Sarah Palin
There can be no assumption that today’s majority is “right”. Warren E. Burger
The American does not want to listen to socialism because he thinks he already has it. Leon Samson
A hated government does not last long. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
My plan cannot fail if the people are with us and we ought not succeed unless we do have the people with us. William Jennings Bryan
In a democracy such as ours military policy is dependent on public opinion. George C. Marshall
Public opinion wins war. I have always considered as quasi-staff officers, correspondents accredited to my headquarters. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. Gerald R. Ford
I don’t need polls to tell me I’m right or wrong. Gerald R. Ford
Washington is a mirror reflecting our instinct. Gerald R. Ford
The … populace is at all times disposed to dislike the existing government, be it what it will: and as the popular party retained the government in its hands for many years, the habitual feeling against all governments happens to turn against them. Thomas Arnold
Only one in 10 Americans trusts the federal government to do the right thing most or all of the time. Approval of state and local government is even less in many parts of the country. Dick W. Simpson
No one in China has a solid belief or trust in society. Ai Weiwei
Now tell me, why am I not popular in England? Wilhelm II
The Domestic Servant Problem is one of the most serious problems of the present day. London Times
People don't trust anything anymore. We don't trust our government. We don't trust our automobile makers. We don't trust our pharmaceutical houses. We don't trust our doctors or our hospitals or our cops. We don't trust Congress. And a lot of Americans don't trust the president of the U.S. So the media are simply regarded as another piece of the American establishment. People think we're trying to get away with something, trying to pull the wool over their eyes, trying to push an agenda.. Mike Wallace
What's extreme today will not be extreme tomorrow. Michael Muhammad Knight
People of every era believe that theirs is golden. Eric Weiner
When it comes to our perceptions, one is an event, two is a pattern, three is a trend, and four is fact. Peter Atwater
Public sentiment is not a trivial matter. .. Russia is an autocracy with the consent of the governed. Dmitri Trenin
Opinions are like assholes. Everybody's got one and they all stink. Joshua Michael Stern
Public Policy Polling asked a broad sample of Democratic and Republican primary voters whether they would support bombing Agrabah. Nearly a third of Republican respondents said they would, versus 13 percent who opposed the idea. Democratic preferences were roughly reversed; 36 percent were opposed, and 19 percent were in favor. Agrabah doesn’t exist. It’s the fictional country in the 1992 Disney film Aladdin. Liberals crowed that the poll showed Republicans’ aggressive tendencies. Conservatives countered that it showed Democrats’ reflexive pacifism. Experts in national security couldn’t fail to notice that 43 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats polled had an actual, defined view on bombing a place in a cartoon. Tom Nichols
People get tired of unresolved issues. Arseniy Yatsenyuk
People cannot understand that a women, even if she is a President’s wife, can have independent views. Eleanor Roosevelt
Patrick Moynihan famously said that everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not to his own facts. Liberals want to turn that on its head and claim that their opinions are facts and anyone who disagrees isn’t merely voicing a bad opinion but it somehow living in alternative reality or “denying” science. It’s the secular version of claiming that God is on your side. Jonah Goldberg
People who have been empowered by positive change are demanding quick solutions to current problems. Michelle Bachelet
Inside the intelligentsia, the pressure of public opinion is overwhelming. Nationalistic loyalty towards the proletariat, and most vicious theoretical hatred of the bourgeoisie, can and often do co-exist with ordinary snobbishness in everyday life. George Orwell
The Chinese people don't get to vote but they do get to grumble. Lindsey Graham