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[ Also see Applause Compliments Disgrace Fame Praise Reputation Success ]

Yet has the popular voice much potency.
      - Aeschylus

Popular applause veers with the wind.
      - John Bright

The great secrets of being courted are, to shun others, and seem delighted with yourself.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Their poet, a sad trimmer, but no less
  In company a very pleasant fellow,
    Had been the favorite of full many a mess
      Of men, and made them speeches when half mellow;
        And though his meaning they could rarely guess,
          Yet still they deign'd to hiccup or to bellow
            The glorious meed of popular applause,
              Of which the first ne'er knows the second cause.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto III, st. 82)

Popularity is like the brightness of a falling star, the fleeting splendor of a rainbow, the bubble that is sure to burst by its very inflation.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

It is not so difficult a task to plant new truths as to root out old errors; for there is this paradox in men--they run after that which is new, but are prejudiced in favor of that which is old.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Oh, popular applause! what heart of man
  Is proof against thy sweet seducing charms?
    The wisest and the best feel urgent need
      Of all their caution in thy gentlest gales;
        But swell'd into a gust--who then, alas!
          With all his canvas set, and inexpert,
            And therefore, heedless, can withstand thy power?
      - William Cowper

Some shout him, and some hang upon his ear,
  To gaze in his eyes, and bless him. Maidens waive
    Their 'kerchiefs, and old women weep for joy;
      While others, not so satisfied, unhorse
        The gilded equipage, and turning loose
          His steeds, usurp a place they well deserve.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. VI, l. 708)

Bareheaded, popularly low he bow'd,
  And paid the salutations of the crowd.
      - John Dryden

His joy concealed, he sets himself to show;
  On each side bowing popularly low:
    His looks, his gestures, and his words he frames,
      And with familiar ease repeats their names,
        Thus formed by nature, furnished out with arts,
          He glides unfelt into their secret hearts.
      - John Dryden

I have no taste
  Of popular applause: The noisy praise
    Of giddy crowds as changeable as winds;
      Still vehement, and still without a cause;
        Servants to chance, and blowing in the tide
          Of swoln success; but veering with the ebb,
            It leaves the channel dry.
      - John Dryden

The truth, the hope, of any time must be sought in the minorities. Michael Angelo was the conscience of Italy. We grow free with his name, and find it ornamental now, but in his own day his friends were few.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The actor's popularity is evanescent; applauded to-day, forgotten to-morrow.
      - Edwin Forrest

I put no account on him who esteems himself just as the popular breath may chance to raise him.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The world sees only the reflection of merit; therefore when you come to know a really great man intimately, you may as often find him above as below his reputation.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Those men who are commended by everybody must be very extraordinary men; or, which is more probable, very inconsiderable men.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

O breath of public praise,
  Short liv'd and vain! oft gain'd without desert,
    As often lost, unmerited; composed
      But of extremes: Thou first beginn'st with love
        Enthusiastic, madness of affection; then
          (Bounding o'er moderation and o'er reason)
            Thou turn'st to hate, as causeless and as fierce.
      - William Havard

Could the departed, whoever he may be, return in a week after his decease, he would almost invariably find himself at a higher or a tower point than he had formerly occupied on the scale of public appreciation.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Of all the scamps society knows, the traditional good fellow is the most despicable.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

The common people are but ill judges of a man's merits; they are slaves to fame, and their eyes are dazzled with the pomp of titles and large retinue. No wonder, then, that they bestow their honors on those who least deserve them.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

I have discovered that a famed familiarity in great ones is a note of certain usurpation on the less; for great and popular men feign themselves to be servants to others to make those slaves to them.
      - Ben Jonson

A generous nation is grateful even for the preservation of its rights, and willingly extends the respect due to the office of a good prince into an affection for his person.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.
      - Immanuel Kant

There is what is called the highway to posts and honor, and there is a cross and by way, which is much the shortest.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

The greatness of a popular character is less according to the ratio of his genius than the sympathy he shows with the prejudices and even the absurdities of his time. Fanatics do not select the cleverest but the most fanatical leaders as was evidenced in the choice of Robespierre by the French Jacobins, and in that of Cromwell by the English Puritans.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

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