Quotation Explorer - 'Popular'

Literature is always personal, always one man's vision of the world, one man's experience, and it can only be popular when men are ready to welcome the visions of others. - W.B. Yeats
In order to fully realize how bad a popular play can be, it is necessary to see it twice. - George Bernard Shaw
A very popular error: having the courage of one's convictions; rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack on one's convictions! - Friedrich Nietzsche
While some people want to be popular, some of us simply want to be brave. - Tara Estacaan
Expose the Jesuit order and learn about the global genocide. Speak out, even when what you have to say is not popular. - John Reynaga
WORSHIP, n. Homo Creator's testimony to the sound construction and fine finish of Deus Creatus. A popular form of abjection, having an element of pride. - Ambrose Bierce
Isn't it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow? - Albert Einstein
The phrase ‘popular science’ has in itself a touch of absurdity. That knowledge which is popular is not scientific. - Maria Mitchell
Denying the popular vote is un-American and anti-democratic. - DaShanne Stokes
ORTHODOX, n. An ox wearing the popular religious joke. - Ambrose Bierce
Darling: the popular form of address used in speaking to a person of the opposite sex whose name you cannot at the moment recall
Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular. - Maximilien Robespierre
I don’t want to write a book which will bring me fame for just an hour. I will try to write something which may not be very popular but it may last forever. - Debasish Mridha
The essential quality of a market system, contrary to popular thinking, is not that it promotes greed; but rather, that it renders greed harmless. - Israel M. Kirzner
Being popular comes when you have everything. But to be liked, it means that you must be treating people with respect and you must be showing kindness toward them. - Rania Al Abdullah
Contrary to popular opinion, we are all a vast brotherhood of human beings whose very survival hinges not on what we keep, but on what we give. And it is in the giving that we not only survive to live another day, but we thrive to celebrate another day. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
Now art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic. - Oscar Wilde
If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual. - Frank Herbert
We're more popular than Jesus now; I dont know which will go first; rock 'n' roll or Christianity. - John Lennon
CLIO, n. One of the nine Muses. Clio's function was to preside over history -- which she did with great dignity, many of the prominent citizens of Athens occupying seats on the platform, the meetings being addressed by Messrs. Xenophon, Herodotus and other popular speakers. - Ambrose Bierce
If you're a misfit within a group of misfits, does that mean you're actually popular and normal? - Laura Preble
Do not yearn to be popular; be exquisite. Do not desire to be famous; be loved. Do not take pride in being expected; be palpable, unmistakable. - C. JoyBell C.
REFERENDUM, n. A law for submission of proposed legislation to a popular vote to learn the nonsensus of public opinion. - Ambrose Bierce
A popular Harvard business professor urged his students to read the obituaries in the New York Times before they read anything else, in order to learn from the lives of great men. - Georges F. Doriot
The Pentagon still has not given a name to the Iraqi war. Somehow 'Operation Re-elect Bush' doesn't seem to be popular. - Jay Leno
RICE-WATER, n. A mystic beverage secretly used by our most popular novelists and poets to regulate the imagination and narcotize the conscience. It is said to be rich in both obtundite and lethargine, and is brewed in a midnight fog by a fat which of the Dismal Swamp. - Ambrose Bierce
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. - Oscar Wilde
Money is the most powerful and popular god because everybody is praying for money. - Debasish Mridha
In the future, designer viruses will be more popular than designer jeans. - R.A.Delmonico
All literature and popular art contain themes that resonate with the audience. - Daniel Lambert
Contrary to popular belief, some animals would not have each chosen to be a human being, if they were given the choice between being what they are and being human. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
That frontier operated as a rough and ready homeostatic device; the more a state pressed its subjects, the fewer subjects it had. The frontier underwrote popular freedom. - James C. Scott
The populace think that your rejection of popular standards is a rejection of all standard, and mere antinomianism; and the bold sensualist will use the name of philosophy to gild his crimes. But the law of consciousness abides. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. - George Washington
Regardless of the popular literary trend of the times, write the thing which lies close to your heart. - Bess Streeter Aldrich
It is better to be respected than it is to be popular. Popularity ends on yearbook day, but respect lasts forever. - John Bytheway
RACK, n. An argumentative implement formerly much used in persuading devotees of a false faith to embrace the living truth. As a call to the unconverted the rack never had any particular efficacy, and is now held in light popular esteem. - Ambrose Bierce
Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity. - George Bernard Shaw
Concerning your Personal Brand; Do not do that which is Popular, do that which is Purposeful - Bernard Kelvin Clive
We must be courageous yet humble and do what is right not what will make you popular, - Debasish Mridha
You can tell how popular a church is by who comes on Sunday morning.You can tell how popular the pastor or evangelist is by who comes on Sunday night.But you can tell how popular Jesus is by who comes to the prayer meeting. - minister from Australia or New Zealand...(Jim Cymbala)
Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world. - Thomas Carlyle
To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosohpy. - William Ralph Inge
Contrary to popular belief, there are peaks higher than Mount Everest. These are the hurdles that lie within each of us. Thank you Stephen Hawking for showing us that they are not insurmountable - karan godara
Mathematics is a wonderful common sense,To understand the harmony in nature magnificent; The wondrous language, & popular in terms of @ financeIts’ unique, and abundantly rich in terms of substance, - Priyavrat Thareja
The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. - Margaret Chase
Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. - Margaret Chase Smith
I used the word 'prose' in the Trans-Siberian in the early Latin sense of prosa dictu. Poem seemed to me too pretentious, too narrow. Prose is more open, popular. - Blaise Cendrars
The popular idea that a child forgets easily is not an accurate one. Many people go right through life in the grip of an idea which has been impressed on them in very tender years. - Agatha Christie
Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? Expediency asks the question - is it political? But conscience asks the question - is it right? There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, popular, or political; but because it is right.
Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When you have a good romance, find ways to make their lives miserable and hellish...Do you think 'Titanic' would have been so popular if they had both lived? Not a prayer. - Orson Scott Card
I am not anxious to be the loudest voice or the most popular. But I would like to think that at a crucial moment, I was an effective voice of the voiceless, an effective hope of the hopeless. - Whitney Young
How can you put human rights to a popular vote and call it democracy? How many times do you need to redefine or haggle about the meaning of the word EQUALITY. - Christina Engela
We have to do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular. - Roy T. Bennett
Being popular doesn’t always win spiritual change. Christ didn’t pour out the coins of the moneychangers and overturn their tables with any degree of manners when he cleansed the temple. His harshness drew a point—to make people realize how much better they could become. - Shannon L. Alder
OBSTINATE, adj. Inaccessible to the truth as it is manifest in the splendor and stress of our advocacy. The popular type and exponent of obstinacy is the mule, a most intelligent animal. - Ambrose Bierce
PLEBISCITE, n. A popular vote to ascertain the will of the sovereign. - Ambrose Bierce
One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid.
I'm not sure I want popular opinion on my side -- I've noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts. - Bethania McKenstry
I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel? - Irwin Shaw
Contrary to popular belief: Knowing where you are from will not really tell you where you are going. It will merely tell you why you are where you are. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
People say - popular culture advocates - government demands that we sell our souls, for nothing but the cheapest of baubles and bling, if even that. If you do sell, the result is a gray, cheerless, and dreary existence. - Mike Klepper
Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn't believing. It's where belief stops, because it isn't needed any more. - Terry Pratchett
The lessons this life has planted in my heart pertain more to caring than crops, more to Golden Rule than gold, more to the proper choice than to the popular choice. - Kirby Larson
If you have a success you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work. - Ernest Hemingway
A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something. - Wilson Mizner
When people come to a conclusion that is contrary to popular opinion, there’s a calm resolution to them, for they are experiencing a short burst of pride. They have just captured an intellectual territory, and they will hold that territory. - Mike Klepper
When a woman reads a romance novel, she is putting her own pleasure first. That small act of rebellion is perceived as a threat to the status quo. It’s also why this eternally popular and profitable genre has been scorned, ridiculed and dismissed. - Maya Rodale
A person who can feel the pain of the underprivileged people can always be a true, stand-up comedian; most performers do not stand up to this standard and yet, surprisingly, many are popular. - Anuj Somany
I said once that lies have no rights against truth. I was wrong. In daily life, it's the truth that's disenfranchised. What fits the popular narrative, what makes an observer happy with the consistency of events, is what is believed. - Adrian Lamo
LODGER, n. A less popular name for the Second Person of that delectable newspaper Trinity, the Roomer, the Bedder, and the Mealer. - Ambrose Bierce
Contrary to popular belief, English women do not wear tweed nightgowns.
Don't fall asleep yet. Contrary to popular belief, that's not where dreams get accomplished. - George Watsky
What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish. - W. H. Auden
[The answer of to the question 'Which is the most perfect popular government?']That where the least injury done to the meanest individual, is considered as an insult on the whole constitution. - Solon
Cultures produce myths because they satisfy a deep-rooted human need: the need to make sense of life. Myths are appealing because they reduce the complexity of experience, by making things seem simple and absolute; myths define popular realities which are accepted readily, even uncritically. - Matthew Screech
All that is popular is not always right. All that is right is also not always popular. Somewhere in between, lies all that is real! - rajuda
It is long since I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value. - Alexander Hamilton
Our Heavenly Father did not form us and place us on this planet so that we would manage on our own. Neither does the popular saying, God helps those who help themselves, hold any water. The Truth is we all need help. Those who look strong and contained on the outside may not be so on the inside. - Eve Juurik
People never understand who you are, until If you're popular or talented. - Bhoopal M
Vigilantes who executed some of the most vicious and ignoble acts of lawless brutality in U.S. history nevertheless considered those very acts to be the work of citizenship and in many cases elicited wide popular approval. - Linda Gordon
I am still searching for a popular prayer which doesn’t seek materialistic or other benefits from God and is a simple prayer which simply expresses gratitude in Him and believes what He does will be for our best… - Neelam Saxena Chandra
No matter how you feel you have to actlike you are very popular with yourself;very relaxed and purposefulvery unconfusedand notlike you are walking through the sunshinesingingin chains. - Tony Hoagland
Fantasy stories will always be popular, as there are always readers who are willing to escape, freely, to the worlds that the authors create, and spend time with the characters we give life to. - Jason Ellis
I have female friends that get mails from publishers that read 'Hey. I heard you write about sex. This is a very popular topic now'. - Martijn Benders
It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences. - Aristotle
Most people get interested in stocks when everyone else is. The time to get interested is when no one else is. You can't buy what is popular and do well. - Warren Buffett
Hanging with people who make you feel unappreciated, for the mere sake of appearing to be popular, is the loneliest place to be. - Ellen J. Barrier
…Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I don't know what will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity. We're more popular than Jesus now. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me. - John Lennon
The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. - Martin Luther King Jr.
Nature, it seems, is the popular namefor milliards and milliards and milliardsof particles playing their infinite gameof billiards and billiards and billiards. - Piet Hein
POSTERITY, n. An appellate court which reverses the judgment of a popular author's contemporaries, the appellant being his obscure competitor. - Ambrose Bierce
In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular. - Laurence J. Peter
At every turn, girls - even the most carefully raised and deeply loved - are surrounded by a popular culture that exhorts them to think of themselves as sexually disposable creatures. - Caitlin Flanagan
Don't ... depend on current fashion or ... popular opinion. - John F. Nash
The notion of making money by popular work, and then retiring to do good work, is the most familiar of all the devil's traps for artists. - Logan Pearsall Smith
Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained. - James A. Garfield
As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. - Oscar Wilde
Schools and schoolmasters, as we have them today, are not popular as places of education and teachers, but rather prisons and turnkeys in which children are kept to prevent them disturbing and chaperoning their parent. - George Bernard Shaw
It's frustrating to witness how popular Fairtrade bananas, coffee and tea have become with shoppers and supermarkets while plenty of unfair trade goes on, largely unnoticed, in our own back yard. - Rose Prince
You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner. - Aristophanes
Contrary to popular opinion, leadership is not a reserved position for a particular group of people who were elected or appointed, ordained or enthroned. Leadership is self-made, self-retained, self-inculcated and then exposed through a faithful, sincere and examplary life. - Israelmore Ayivor
It is the duty of every generation of writers and artists to find fresh ways of expressing the habitual circumstances of the human condition. To serve up the lukewarm remains of yesterdays dinner is easy, profitable and popular, (for a while). It is also wrong. - Jeanette Winterson
Orwell wrote easily and well about small humane pursuits, such as bird watching, gardening and cooking, and did not despise popular pleasures like pubs and vulgar seaside resorts. In many ways, his investigations into ordinary life and activity prefigure what we now call 'cultural studies. - Christopher Hitchens
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular. - C.G. Jung
How would you complete with people who are more talented, more popular, who get better training, better mentoring and who get their share of luck, without some luck? - Daya Kudari
A popular author is one who writes what the people think. Genius invites them to think something else. - Ambrose Bierce
Contrary to popular belief, going shopping is really about stopping afterward for cheesecake. - Bonnie Jensen
The attitude of the city on his action was of no importance to him, not because he was going to leave the city, but because any outside attitude on the situation seemed superficial. He was completely indifferent to popular opinion. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are. - G.K. Chesterton
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. - Noam Chomsky
The most popular labor saving device is still money. - Phyllis George
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