A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on judgment, popularity, reason, and vulgarity

Thus we should beware of clinging to vulgar opinions, and judge things by reason's way, not by popular say.

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on adoption, fear, ideas, men, nobility, people, and popularity

Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody. Not a few men who cherish lofty and noble ideas hide them under a bushel for fear of being called different.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on popularity and time

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it's right.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on belief, christianity, church, commitment, conviction, evil, god, heaven, ideas, peace, popularity, power, principles, society, suffering, and time

There was a time when the church was very powerful. It was during that period when the early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days 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. Whenever the early Christians entered a town the power structure got disturbed and immediately sought to convict them for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators." But they went on with the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," and had to obey God rather than man. They were small in number but big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated." They brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Letter from Birmingham Jail (April 1963)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on accidents, certainty, fame, and popularity

Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Margaret Fuller on pleasure, popularity, and vanity

Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.

Margaret Fuller (1810 - 1850)

Source: The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

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A Quote by Margaret Atwood on art, dreams, popularity, and society

Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself.

Margaret Atwood (1939 -)

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A Quote by Loyd J. Ericson on action, acting, conscience, control, decisions, direction, friendship, idealism, ideas, inspiration, lust, money, popularity, thinking, and words

When one chooses to be directed by his conscientious decisions - thinking and acting according to his divinely inspired ideals - he will be acting for himself with thoughts, words and actions that satisfy his conscience. When unbalanced, a person is likely to become controlled by friends, fashions, public opinion, popular individuals or ideas, carnal lusts of the flesh, or by other externals such as money and things.

Loyd J. Ericson

Source: Loyd J. Ericson, The Sower and the Divine Pattern of Progress, Boise, Idaho, 1998

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A Quote by Loren Eiseley on acceptance, art, generations, genius, humanity, popularity, scientists, and tragedy

It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man. If he is more than a popular story-teller it may take humanity a generation to absorb and grow accustomed to the new geography with which the scientist or artist presents us. Even then, perhaps only the more imaginative and literate may accept him. Subconsciously the genius is feared as an image breaker; frequently he does not accept the opinions of the mass, or man's opinion of himself.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: The Mind as Nature

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on accidents, birth, chance, elections, neighbors, perception, popularity, questions, reason, security, and thinking

We see no reason for thinking that the opinions of the magistrate on speculative questions are more likely to be right than those of any other man. None of the modes by which a magistrate is appointed, popular election, the accident of the lot, or the accident of birth, affords, as far as we can perceive, much security for his being wiser than any of his neighbors. The chance of his being wiser than all his neighbors together is still smaller.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: 1830

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