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The public is wiser than the wisest critic.

Author: George Bancroft (1800-1891)

Profession: American Historian

You're not an M.P., you're a gastronomic pimp.

Author: Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960)

Profession: British Labor Politician

The approval of the public is to be avoided like the plague. It is absolutely essential to keep the public from entering if one wishes to avoid confusion. I must add that the public must be kept panting in expectation at the gate by a system of challenges and provocations.

Author: Andre Breton (1989-1966)

Profession: French Surrealist

I'm not a very gregarious person. I can't bear attention being called to me in a public place, which is ridiculous in a business that pays you to be noticed.

Author: Gabriel Byrne (1950)

Profession: Irish Actor, Producer

The reading public is intellectually adolescent at best, and it is obvious that what is called ''significant literature'' will only be sold to this public by exactly the same methods as are used to sell it toothpaste, cathartics and automobiles.

Author: Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Profession: American Author

I don't believe that the public knows what it wants; this is the conclusion that I have drawn from my career.

Author: Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)

Profession: British Comic Actor, Filmmaker

The basic idea which runs right through modern history and modern liberalism is that the public has got to be marginalized. The general public are viewed as no more than ignorant and meddlesome outsiders, a bewildered herd.

Author: Noam Chomsky (1928)

Profession: American Linguist, Political Activist

The measure of your quality as a public person, as a citizen, is the gap between what you do and what you say.

Author: Ramsey Clark


A man in public life expects to be sneered at -- it is the fault of his elevated situation, and not of himself.

Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Profession: British Novelist

The urgent consideration of the public safety may undoubtedly authorize the violation of every positive law. How far that or any other consideration may operate to dissolve the natural obligations of humanity and justice, is a doctrine of which I still desire to remain ignorant.

Author: Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

Profession: British Historian

Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

There is not a more mean, stupid, dastardly, pitiless, selfish, spiteful, envious, ungrateful animal than the Public. It is the greatest of cowards, for it is afraid of itself.

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist

I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my best against the odds. As I develop and serve, be patient. God is not finished with me yet.

Author: Jesse Jackson (1941)

Profession: American Clergyman, Civil Rights Leader

The Public is a thing I cannot help looking upon as an enemy, and which I cannot address without feelings of hostility.

Author: John Keats (1795-1821)

Profession: British Poet

I never know when I press these whether I am going to blow up Massachusetts or start the project.

Author: John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Profession: Thirty-fifth President of the USA