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For such will be our ruin if you, in the immensity of your public abstractions, forget the private figure, or if we in the intensity of our private emotions forget the public world. Both houses will be ruined, the public and the private, the material and the spiritual, for they are inseparably connected.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist and essayist.

The approval of the public is to be avoided like the plague. It is absolutely essential to keep the public from entering if one wishes to avoid confusion. I must add that the public must be kept panting in expectation at the gate by a system of challenges and provocations.

André Breton (1896-1966) French writer, poet, and surrealist theorist.

The reading public is intellectually adolescent at best, and it is obvious that what is called ''significant literature'' will only be sold to this public by exactly the same methods as are used to sell it toothpaste, cathartics and automobiles.

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) U.S. writer of detective fiction.

I don't believe that the public knows what it wants; this is the conclusion that I have drawn from my career.

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) English author.

A man in public life expects to be sneered at -- it is the fault of his elevated situation, and not of himself.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) British novelist.


Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

There is not a more mean, stupid, dastardly, pitiless, selfish, spiteful, envious, ungrateful animal than the Public. It is the greatest of cowards, for it is afraid of itself.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

The Public is a thing I cannot help looking upon as an enemy, and which I cannot address without feelings of hostility.

John Keats (1795-1821) British poet.

I never know when I press these whether I am going to blow up Massachusetts or start the project.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

The public seldom forgive twice.

Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801) Swiss theologian and poet.