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Public opinion

Published Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 1:08 PM EST
Mar 04 2016

A public opinion poll is no substitute for thought.
-Warren Buffett

American public opinion is like an ocean- it cannot be stirred by a teaspoon.
-Hubert H. Humphrey

As the master politician navigates the ship of state, he both creates and responds to public opinion. Adept at tacking with the wind, he also succeeds, at times, in generating breezes of his own.
-Stewart Udall

At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice.
-Gore Vidal

I had grown tired of standing in the lean and lonely front line facing the greatest enemy that ever confronted man- public opinion.
-Clarence Darrow

It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
-James Fenimore Cooper

It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion.
-Joseph Goebbels

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.
-Bertrand Russell

Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much.
-Abraham Lincoln

Polling is merely an instrument for gauging public opinion. When a president or any other leader pays attention to poll results, he is, in effect, paying attention to the views of the people. Any other interpretation is nonsense.
-George Gallup

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

Public opinion is like the castle ghost; no one has ever seen it, but everyone is scared of it.
-Sigmund Graff

Public opinion is the whore among opinions.
-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Public opinion polls are rather like children in a garden, digging things up all the time to see how they're growing.
-J.B. Priestley

Public opinion rarely considers the needs of the next generation or the history of the last. It is frequently hampered by myths and misinformation, by stereotypes and shibboleths, and by an innate resistance to innovation.
-Theodore (Ted) Sorensen

Public opinion reigns in society because stupidity reigns amongst the stupid.
-Nicolas Chamfort

Public opinion's always in advance of the law.
-John Galsworthy

Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average man.
-William R. Inge

Publicity is a great purifier because it sets in action the forces of public opinion, and in this country public opinion controls the courses of the nation.
-Charles Evans Hughes

The private citizen, beset by partisan appeals for the loan of his Public Opinion, will soon see, perhaps, that these appeals are not a compliment to his intelligence, but an imposition on his good nature and an insult to his sense of evidence.
-Walter Lippmann

There is nothing that makes more cowards and feeble men than public opinion.
-Henry Ward Beecher

To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great or rational whether in life or in science.
-Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

When the people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one.
-Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given to public opinion.
-James Fenimore Cooper

Your life will be good and secure when aliveness will mean more to you than security; love more than money; your freedom more than party line or public opinion...
-Wilhelm Reich

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