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 (1826-1877) British economist.
If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright.
Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.
Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.
The world will only, in the end, follow those who have despised as well as served it.
Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.
Public Opinion... an attempt to organize the ignorance of the community, and to elevate it to the dignity of physical force.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.
Wonderful ''Force of Public Opinion!'' We must act and walk in all points as it prescribes; follow the traffic it bids us, realize the sum of money, the degree of ''influence'' it expects of us, or we shall be lightly esteemed; certain mouthfuls of articulate wind will be blown at us, and this what mortal courage can front?
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.
There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.
Nicolas Chamfort (1741-1794) French writer.
What we call public opinion is generally public sentiment.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.
Ah! Sir, a boy's being flogged is not so severe as a man's having the hiss of the world against him.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.
It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom.
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.