- "Avoid popularity, if you would have peace."
- "Avoid popularity, it has many snares, and no real benefit."
- "Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them."
- "Those men who are commended by everybody must be very extraordinary men; or, which is more probable, very inconsiderable men."
- "It is more important to be popular than it is to be smart or interesting."