Popularity is an Accident but Character Endures.

Saw this chart this week and was reminded how fleeting popularity can be. I can remember how many of the entities pictured were once esteemed in our country. In light of that I thought I might share a few quotes:

Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
-Horace Greeley

Avoid popularity if you would have peace. -Abraham Lincoln

Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit. -William Penn

I don't care whether people like me or dislike me. I'm not on earth to win a popularity contest. I'm here to be the best human being I possibly can be. -Tab Hunter

One of my proudest moments is I didn't sell my soul for the sake of popularity. -George W. Bush

The presidency is more than a popularity contest. -Al Gore

I don't know one of my friends who is considered a conservative who has not had to go back and thoroughly think through everything. You do a lot of soul-searching - 'cause we are not going to win any popularity contests.
-Clarence Thomas

To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs. -Aldous Huxley

I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity. -Julius Erving

Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in senate. -Orson Welles


  1. I wonder if Donald Duck and The Muppets could do a better job than some in Congress now.
    What a great and profound gathering of quotes Bob.

  2. Luk 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. ;)


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