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...it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate,
tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds...
-- Samuel Adams

If we were to convince society to strive towards creating a better world, we would address all of the problems that endanger our future.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

When we convince the people and the nations of our planet to make 'striving for a better world' our priority and shared goal, we will transform our culture of fear and violence into a 'culture of peace and sustainability.'
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

Opinions are formed in a process of open discussion and public debate, and where no opportunity for the forming of opinions exists, there may be moods…but no opinion.
-- Hannah Arendt

I believe if a private citizen is able to affect public opinion in a constructive way
he doesn't have to be an elected public servant to perform a public service.
-- Warren Beatty

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

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

The power of an aroused public is unbeatable.
-- Helen Caldicott

“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion”
-- Chinese Proverb

For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

“A state that denies its citizens their basic rights becomes a danger to its neighbors as well: internal arbitrary rule will be reflected in arbitrary external relations. The suppression of public opinion, the abolition of public competition for power and its public exercise opens the way for the state power to arm itself in any way it sees fit. A state that does not hesitate to lie to its own people will not hesitate to lie to other states.”
-- Vaclav Havel

It is not at all clear how much the media influences public opinion
and how much public opinion influences the media.
-- Bruce Jackson

Public opinion shapes our destinies and guides the progress of human affairs.
-- Frank B. Kellogg

I believe that in the end the abolition of war, the maintenance of world peace, the adjustment of international questions by pacific means will come through the force of public opinion, which controls nations and peoples.
-- Frank B. Kellogg

 

Public opinion in this country is everything.
-- Abraham Lincoln

* The big powers are traveling on the dangerous road of armament. The signpost just ahead of us is 'Oblivion.' Can the march on this road be stopped? Yes, if public opinion uses the power it now has.
-- Sean MacBride

Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice,
wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.
-- Robert Peel

In America, public opinion is the leader.
-- Frances Perkins

Law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm,
living public opinion.
-- Wendell Phillips

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
-- Grantland Rice

You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn't mean you do nothing, but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

We have hardly an adequate idea how all-powerful law is in forming public opinion, in giving tone and character to the mass of society.
-- Ernestine Rose

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
It is sufficient that people should understand that what is enunciated to them as public opinion, and maintained by such complex, energetic, and artificial means, is not public opinion, but only the lifeless outcome of what was once public opinion; and, what is more important, it is sufficient that they should have faith in themselves, that they should believe that what they are conscious of in the depths of their souls, what in every one is pressing for expression, and is only not expressed because it contradicts the public opinion supposed to exist, is the power which transforms the world, and to express which is the mission of mankind...
-- Leo Tolstoy

 

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