Public Opinion Quotes

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Paulo Coelho
“Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.”
Paulo Coelho

Suzanne Collins
“But collective thinking is usually short-lived. We're fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction.”
Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

Terry Goodkind
“People are stupid. They will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true.”
Terry Goodkind, Wizard's First Rule

Suzanne Collins
“It must be very fragile, if a handful of berries can bring it down.”
Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

Jon   Stewart
“You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn't that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena.”
Jon Stewart

Allen Ginsberg
“Whoever controls the media, the
images, controls the culture.”
Allen Ginsberg

Marcus Aurelius
“If any man despises me, that is his problem. My only concern is not doing or saying anything deserving of contempt.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

H.L. Mencken
“I am suspicious of all the things that the average people believes.”
H.L. Mencken

Abraham Lincoln
“If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it.”
Abraham Lincoln

Dennis Lehane
“There are so many more important things to worry about than how you're perceived by strangers.”
Dennis Lehane

Anthon St. Maarten
“Constantly exposing yourself to popular culture and the mass media will ultimately shape your reality tunnel in ways that are not necessarily conducive to achieving your Soul Purpose and Life Calling. Modern society has generally ‘lost the plot’. Slavishly following its false gods and idols makes no sense in a spiritually aware life.”
Anthon St. Maarten

Robert A. Heinlein
“Does history record any case in which the majority was right?”
Robert A. Heinlein

H.L. Mencken
“No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have searched the record for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.”
H.L. Mencken, Gist of Mencken

Oscar Wilde
“By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.”
Oscar Wilde

Nicolas Chamfort
“Public opinion is the worst of all opinions.”

Ray Bradbury
“Remember, the firemen are rarely necessary. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Henrik Ibsen
“Public opinion is an extremely mutable thing”
Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People

William Shakespeare
“Rumour is a pipe
Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures
And of so easy and so plain a stop
That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,
The still-discordant wavering multitude,
Can play upon it.”
William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

“The COUNTRY is controlled by LAWS>
LAWS are controlled by POLITICIANS>
POLITICIANS are controlled by VOTERS>
VOTERS are controlled by PUBLIC OPINION>
PUBLIC OPINION is controlled by the MEDIA (News, Hollywood, Internet...) & EDUCATION

so. whoever controls MEDIA & EDUCATION, controls the COUNTRY.”
William J Federer, Change to Chains-The 6,000 Year Quest for Control -Volume I-Rise of the Republic

William Shakespeare
“Enter RUMOUR, painted full of tongues."

[Stage direction, Henry IV, Part 2, Induction]”
William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“If unconventional ideas = sperm, then public opinion = abortion.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Alexander Pope
“The Wit of Cheats, the Courage of a Whore,
Are what ten thousand envy and adore:
All, all look up, with reverential Awe,
At crimes that 'scape, or triumph o'er the Law:
While Truth, Worth, Wisdom, daily they decry-`
'Nothing is sacred now but Villainy'

- Epilogue to the Satires, Dialogue I”
Alexander Pope

Abraham Lincoln
“In this age, in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions.”
Abraham Lincoln

Roberto Bolaño
“When people read his books they have an uncontrollable desire to hang the author in the town square. I can’t think of a higher honor for a writer.”
Roberto Bolaño

Alexandra Robbins
“In one survey, respondents listed Princeton as one of the country’s top ten law schools. The problem? Princeton doesn’t have a law school”
Alexandra Robbins

Rudyard Kipling
“Good Lord! who can account for the fathomless folly of the public?”
Rudyard Kipling, The Light That Failed

Carl Sagan
“We saw a pale echo of what is now possible in 1990-1991, when Saddam Hussein, the autocrat of Iraq, made a sudden transition in the American consciousness from an obscure near-ally - granted commodities, high technology, weaponry, and even satellite intelligence data - to a slavering monster menacing the world. I am not myself an admirer of Mr. Hussein, but it was striking how quickly he could be brought from someone almost no American had heard of into the incarnation of evil. These days the apparatus for generating indignation is busy elsewhere. How confident are we that the power to drive and determine public opinion will always reside in responsible hands?”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

E.M. Forster
“The issues Miss Quested had raised were so much more important than she was herself that people inevitably forgot her.”
E.M. Forster, A Passage to India

Barbara Dana
“I have always tried to be obedient regarding important matters like not being scalded to death by burning oil, but when public opinion takes a route far from one's inner conviction, one cannot value disobedience too highly.”
Barbara Dana, A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson

“The proliferation of material means that people might start to become selective about what they consume and, if my instincts are correct, they are likely to read only that which confirms what they already know. This means they will never have their ideas tested. I worry that as a result, people will form tight groups around those who confirm their biases, mistrusting those whom they encounter who think differently.”
Una McCormack

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