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Report uttered by the people is everywhere of great power.
      - Aeschylus, Agamemnon (938)

We would not listen to those who were wont to say the voice of the people is the voice of God, for the voice of the mob is near akin to madness.
  [Lat., Nec audiendi sunt qui solent dicere vox populi, vox dei; cum tumultus vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.]
      - Alcuin (Albinus), Epistle to Charlemagne
         (vol. I, p. 191),
        (Froben's ed. 1771), also credited to Eadmer

The voice of the people has about it something divine: for how otherwise can so many heads agree together as one?
  [Lat., Vox populi habet aliquid divinum: nam quomo do aliter tot capita in unum conspirare possint?]
      - Francis Bacon, 9. Laus, Existimatio

. . . for thou art a stiff-necked people. . .
      - Bible, Exodus (ch. XXXIII, v. 3)

The great unwashed.
      - attributed to Lord Henry Peter Brougham (Brougham and vaux)

An enlightened self-interest, which, when well understood, they tell us will identify with an interest more enlarged and public.
      - Edmund Burke

The individual is foolish; the multitude, for the moment is foolish, when they act without deliberation; but the species is wise, and, when time is given to it, as a species it always acts right.
      - Edmund Burke,
        in a speech, Reform of Representation in the House of Commons, May 7, 1782

The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
      - Edmund Burke, To Thomas Mercer

A man, if he be active and energetic, can hardly fail also, be he never so selfish, of benefiting the general public interest.
      - Benjamin Franklin Butler

The public! why, the public's nothing better than a great baby.
      - Thomas Chalmers,
        in a letter, quoted by Ruskin, "Sesame and Lilies", sec. I, 40

The public! the public! how many fools does it require to make the public?
  [Fr., Le public! le public! combien faut-il de sots pour faire un public?]
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

A thousand wheels of labor are turned by dear affections, and kept in motion by self-sacrificing endurance; and the crowds that pour forth in the morning and return at night are daily procession of love and duty.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

He who hangs on the errors of the ignorant multitude, must not be counted among great men.
  [Lat., Qui ex errore imperitae multitudinis pendet, hic in magnis viris non est habendus.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Officiis (I, 19)

The rabble estimate few things according to their real value, most things according to their prejudices.
  [Lat., Vulgus ex veritate pauca, ex opinione multa aestimat.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Oratio Pro Quinto Roscio Comoedo (X, 29)

The fickle populace always change with the prince.
  [Lat., Mobile mutatur semper cum principe vulgus.]
      - Claudian (Claudianus),
        De Quarto Consulatu Honorii Augusti Panegyris

Hence ye profane; I hate ye all;
  Both the great vulgar, and the small.
      - Abraham Cowley, Of Greatness,
        translation of Horace, ode I, bk. III

This many-headed monster, Multitude.
      - Samuel Daniel, History of the Civil War
         (bk. II, st. 13)

The key of the fields (street).
  [Fr., La clef des champs.]
      - used by Charles Dickens,
        The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
         (ch. XLVII)

The multitude is always in the wrong.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon,
        Essay on Translated Verse (l. 184)

For who can be secure of private right,
  If sovereign sway may be dissolved by might?
    Nor is the people's judgment always true:
      The most may err as grossly as the few.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. I, l. 779)

The man in the street does not know a star in the sky.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Conduct of Life--Worship

It is a good part of sagacity to have known the foolish desires of the crowd and their unreasonable notions.
  [Lat., Bona prudentiae pars est nosse stultas vulgi cupiditates, et absurdas opiniones.]
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus,
        De Utilitate Colloquiorum--Preface

Classes and masses.
      - used by Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone,
        see Moore, "Fudges in England", Letter 4

I am very anxious to please the public, particularly as it lives and lets live.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I wish the crowd to feel itself well treated,
  Especially since it lives and lets me live.
    [Ger., Ich wunschte sehr, der Menge zu behagen,
      Besonders weil sie lebt und leben lasst.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Faust Vorspiel auf dem Theater (l. 5)

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