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Our merit gains us the esteem of the virtuous; our star, that of the public.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

There are people who, like new songs, are in vogue only for a time.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

And to some men popularity is always suspicious. Enjoying none themselves, they are prone to suspect the validity of those attainments which command it.
      - George Henry Lewes, The Spanish Drama
         (ch. III)

Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Popularity is power.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Whatever is popular deserves attention.
      - Sir James Mackintosh

He who can listen pleas'd to such applause,
  Buys at a dearer rate than I dare purchase,
    And pays for idle air with sense and virtue.
      - Robert Mallett

I wish popularity; but it is that popularity which follows, not that which is run after--it is that popularity which sooner or later never fails to do justice to the pursuit of noble ends by noble means.
      - 1st Earl of Mansfield, William Murray

The good opinion of the vulgar is injurious.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The vulgar and common esteem is seldom happy in hitting right; and I am much mistaken if, amongst the writings of my time, the worst are not those which have most gained the popular applause.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.
      - William Penn

Please not thyself the flattering crowd to hear;
  'Tis fulsome stuff, to please thy itching ear.
    Survey thy soul, not what thou does appear,
      But what thou art.
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus)

Public opinion is a courtesan, whom we seek to please without respecting.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Popular opinion is oftenest, what Carlyle pronounced it to be, a lie!
      - Wendell Phillips

To please the many is to displease the wise.
      - Plutarch

Be as far from desiring the popular love as fearful to deserve the popular hate; ruin dwells in both: the one will hug thee to death; the other will crush thee to destruction: to escape the first, be not ambitious; to avoid the second, be not seditious.
      - Francis Quarles

As inclination changes, thus ebbs and flows the unstable tide of public judgment.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Racine will pass away like the taste for coffee.
      - Marquise de Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

A habitation giddy and unsure hath he that buildeth on the vulgar heart.
      - William Shakespeare

Every wretch, pining and pale before
  Beholding him, plucks comfort from his looks:
    A largess universal, like the sun,
      His liberal eye doth give to every one,
        Thawing cold fear.
      - William Shakespeare

O, he sits high in all the people's hearts:
  And that, which would appear offence in us,
    His countenance, like richest alchymy,
      Will change to virtue and to worthiness.
      - William Shakespeare

Then, as I said, the duke, great Bolingbroke,
  Mounted upon a hot and fiery steed,
    Which his aspiring rider seem'd to know,
      With slow but stately pace kept on his course;
        While all tongues cry'd, God save thee, Bolingbroke,
          You would have thought the very windows spake
            So many greedy looks of young and old
              Through casements darted their desiring eyes
                Upon his visage.
      - William Shakespeare

They more or less came in with cap and knee,
  Met him in boroughs, cities, villages;
    Attended him on bridges, stood on lanes,
      Laid gifts before him, proffer'd him their oaths,
        Gave him their heirs: as pages follow'd him,
          Even at his heels, in golden multitudes.
      - William Shakespeare

Your affections are
  A sick man's appetite, who desires most that
    Which would increase his evil. He that depends
      Upon your favor, swims with fins of lead,
        And hews down oaks with rushes. Hang ye! Trust ye?
          With every minute you do change a mind;
            And call him noble that was now your hate,
              Him vile that was your garland.
      - William Shakespeare

All tongues speak of him, and the bleared sights
  Are spectacled to see him.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Brutus at II, i)

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