The public sense is in advance of private practice.
The rabble gather round the man of news, and listen with their mouths wide open; some tell, some hear, some judge of news, some make it, and he that lies most loud, is most believed.
This gives force to the strong, that the multitude have no habit of self-reliance or original action.
The proverbial wisdom of the populace at gates, on roads, and in markets, instructs the attentive ear of him who studies man more fully than a thousand rules ostentatiously arranged.
What is the people but a herd confused, a miscellaneous rabble, who extol things vulgar, and well weigh'd, scarce worth the praise? they praise and they admire they know not what, and know not whom, but as one leads the other.
The multitude which is not brought to act as unity, is confusion. That unity which has not its origin in the multitude is tyranny.
The multitude is always in the wrong.
There are occasions when the general belief of the people, even though it be groundless, works its effect as sure as truth itself.
You common cry of ours! whose breath I hate as reek o' the rotten fens, whose loves I prize as the dead carcasses of unburied men that do corrupt the air.
There have been many great men that have flattered the people, who never loved them; and there may be many that they have loved, they know not wherefore: so that, if they love they know not why, they hate upon no better ground.
I will not choose what many men desire, because I will not jump with common spirits, and rank me with the barbarous multitude.