quotations about popularity
My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
ADLAI STEVENSON, The Papers of Adlai E. Stevenson
Popularity is teenage heroin.
SHAUN DAVID HUTCHINSON, We Are the Ants
If you have friends who actually like you, you're popular enough.
E. LOCKHART, Real Live Boyfriends
In civilized life, where the happiness, and indeed almost the existence, of man depends so much upon the opinion of his fellow-men, he is constantly acting a studied part. The bold and peculiar traits of native character are refined away or softened down by the levelling influence of what is termed good-breeding, and he practices so many petty deceptions and affects so many generous sentiments for the purposes of popularity that it is difficult to distinguish his real from his artificial character.
WASHINGTON IRVING, Philip of Pokanoket
Reputation is but a synonym of popularity: dependent on suffrage, to be increased or diminished at the will of the voters.
WASHINGTON ALLSTON, Memoirs and Essays
I wish to walk in such a line as will give most general satisfaction.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Joseph Reed, December 15, 1775
The love of popularity seems little else than the love of being beloved; and is only blameable when a person aims at the affections of a people by means in appearance honest, but in their end pernicious and destructive.
WILLIAM SHENSTONE, Essays on Men and Manners
To some men popularity is always suspicious. Enjoying none themselves, they are prone to suspect the validity of those attainments which command it.
GEORGE HENRY LEWES, The Spanish Drama
The people in the popular group say there is no peer pressure because they are at the top of the food chain. Really what they are doing is just eating away at everybody else.
LAUREN GREENFIELD, Girl Culture
Popularity was fickle and elusive, like trying to catch fireflies in a jar. You were either born with it or relegated to wallflower status according to the mysterious and unknowable workings of the universe.
MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, Blue Bloods: Keys to the Repository
Art thou base, common and popular?
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry V
The problem with popularity is that the accelerator on popular opinion has been pressed to the floor. Without overusing the metaphor, the road of culture is windy and treacherous, so there will always be those who end up sailing off a cliff to be forgotten in obsolescence.
CAN AKDENIZ, Popularity: How to Become Famous
But though he did everything to alienate the sympathy of other boys he longed with all his heart for the popularity which to some was so easily accorded. These from his distance he admired extravagantly; and though he was inclined to be more sarcastic with them than with others, though he made little jokes at their expense, he would have given anything to change places with them.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM, Of Human Bondage
Popularity? It's glory's small change.
VICTOR HUGO, attributed, The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations
If popularity is not likeability, then what is it?... Popularity in the child and adolescent peer group is a dimension of prestige and visibility. When children or adolescents nominate the most popular peers in their classroom or grade, they name who is highly visible and who they see as prestigious.
ANTONIUS H. N. CILLESEN, "Toward a Theory of Popularity", Popularity in the Peer System
To be popular is to be encored today, forgotten tomorrow.
ADA ISAACS MENKIN, attributed, Day's Collacon
Really Hagrid, if you are holding out for universal popularity, I'm afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time.
J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Popularity is rigged and can be bought.
SUZY KASSEM, Rise Up and Salute the Sun
The shortest and most direct road to popularity is for a man to be the same that he wishes to be taken for.
SOCRATES, attributed, Day's Collacon
Popularity is a crime from the moment it is sought; it is only a virtue where men have it whether they will or no.
GEORGE SAVILE, "Of Ambition", The Life and Letters of Sir George Savile