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Popularity

  • Being popular is important. Otherwise people might not like you.

  • ... what is popular need not necessarily be right or wise.

  • It has lately been drawn to your correspondent's attention that, at social gatherings, she is not the human magnet she would be. Indeed, it turns out that as a source of entertainment, conviviality, and good fun, she ranks somewhere between a sprig of parsley and a single ice-skate.

    • Dorothy Parker,
    • "Wallflower's Lament" (1928), The Portable Dorothy Parker, rev. ed. ()
  • Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.

  • It's a sign of your own worth sometimes if you are hated by the right people.

  • ... the truth and value of a theory does not depend on the number of people who are interested in it — otherwise you might compare the number of people who follow the predictions of astrologers in the daily press with those who attend lectures by Einstein, and conclude that astrology was more valuable and true than physics.

    • Dorothy L. Sayers,
    • 1943, in Barbara Reynolds, ed., The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers, vol. 2 ()
  • I am as unpopular as an electric eel in a pool of flatfish.

    • Edith Sitwell,
    • in Elizabeth Salter, The Last Years of a Rebel ()