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He who serves the public is a poor animal; he worries himself to death and no one thanks him for it.
  [Ger., Wer dem Publicum dient, ist ein armes Thier;
    Er qualt sich ab, niemand bedankt sich dafur.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Reimen (III)

Knowing as "the man in the street" (as we call him as Newmarket) always does, the greatest secrets of kings, and being the confidant of their most hidden thoughts.
      - Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville, Memoirs

The public have neither shame nor gratitude.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

No whispered rumours which the many spread can wholly perish.
      - Hesiod, Works and Days (I, 763)

The leader, mingling with the vulgar host,
  Is with the common mass of matter lost!
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. IV, l. 397), (Pope's translation)

The crowd of changeable citizens.
  [Lat., Mobilium turba Quiritium.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Odes
         (bk. I, 1, 7)

To scorn the ill-conditioned rabble.
  [Lat., Malignum
    Spernere vulgus.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Odes
         (bk. II, 16, 39)

I hate the uncultivated crowd and keep them at a distance. Favour me by your tongues (keep silence).
  [Lat., Odi profanum vulgus et arceo.
    Favete linguis.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Odes
         (bk. III, 1)

Reason stands aghast at the sight of an "unprincipled, immoral, incorrigible" publick; And the word of God abounds in such threats and denunciations, as must strike terror into the heart of every believer.
      - Richard Hurd, D.D., Works
         (vol. IV, sermon 1)

The majority of a society is the true definition of the public.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The venal herd.
  [Lat., Venale pecus.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (VIII, 62)

That miscellaneous collection of a few wise and many foolish individuals, called the public.
      - John Stuart Mill

Do not lay on the multitude the blame that is due to a few.
  [Lat., Paucite paucarum diffundere crimen in omnes.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (III, 9)

The people's voice is odd,
  It is, and it is not, the voice of God.
      - Alexander Pope, To Augustus
         (bk. II, ep. I, l. 89)

Self-interest, be it enlightened, works indirectly for the public good.
      - William H. Prescott

Trust not the populace; the crowd is many-minded.
      - Pseudo-Phocyl

The public is a bad guesser.
      - Thomas De Quincey ("The Opium Eater"),

The voice of the people, the voice of God.
  [Lat., Vox Populi, vox Dei.]
      - Walter Reynolds (Reginald, Raynold, Reynel),
        Text of the Sermon when Edward III ascended the throne

Who o'er the herd would wish to reign,
  Fantastic, fickle, fierce, and vain?
    Vain as the leaf upon the stream,
      And fickle as a changeful dream;
        Fantastic as a woman's mood,
          And fierce as Frenzy's fever'd blood--
            Thou many-headed monster thing,
              Oh, who would wish to be thy king?
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto V, st. 30)

Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people, who ne'er loved them; and there be many that they have loved, they know not wherefore; so that, if they love they know not why, they hate upon no better a ground.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Second Officer at II, ii)

And to make us no better thought of, a little help will serve; for once we stood up about the corn, he himself stuck not to call us the many-headed multitude.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (First Citizen at II, iii)

I heard thee speak me a speech once, but it was never acted, or if it was, not above once, for the play, I remember, pleased not the million; 'twas caviary to the general, but it was (as I received it, and others, whose judgments in such matters cried in the top of mine) an excellent play, well digested in the scenes, set down with as much modesty as cunning.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at II, ii)

Was ever feather so lightly blown to and fro as this multitude?
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Cade at IV, viii)

Look, as I blow this feather from my face
  And as the air blows it to me again,
    Obeying with my wind when I do blow
      And yielding to another when it blows,
        Commanded always by the greater gust--
          Such is the lightness of you common men.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (King Henry at III, i)

Many-headed multitude.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney), Arcadia
         (bk. II)

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