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1. "What should worry us is not the number of people who oppose us, but how good their reasons are for doing so. We should therefore divert our attention away from the presence of unpopularity to the explanations for it. It may be frightening to hear that a high proportion of a community holds us to be wrong, but before abandoning our position, we should consider the method by which their conclusions have been reached. It is the soundness of their method of thinking that should determine the weight we give to their disapproval. We seem afflicted by the opposite tendency: to listen to everyone, to be upset by every unkind word and sarcastic observation. We fail to ask ourselves the cardinal and most consoling question: on what basis has this dark censure been made? We treat with equal seriousness the objections of the critic who has thought rigorously and honestly and those of the critic who has acted out of misanthropy and envy."
Author: Alain De Botton
2. "By not caring too much about what people think, I'm able to think for myself and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular. And I succeed."
Author: Albert Ellis
3. "The political function of 'the right of free speech' is to protect dissenters and unpopular minorities from forcible suppression - not to guarantee them the support, advantages, and rewards of a popularity they have not gained."
Author: Ayn Rand
4. "In this era in which we live, the old-fashioned virtues grow increasingly unpopular."
Author: B. Carroll Reece
5. "It's true that the Federal Reserve faces a lot of political pressure and is unpopular in many circles."
Author: Ben Bernanke
6. "I am not unaware how unpopular on this floor are the sentiments I am about to advocate."
Author: Benjamin F. Wade
7. "To an eagle or to an owl or to a rabbit, man must seem a masterful and yet a forlorn animal; he has but two friends. In his almost universal unpopularity he points out, with pride, that these two are the dog and the horse. He believes, with an innocence peculiar to himself, that they are equally proud of this alleged confraternity. He says, 'Look at my two noble friends -- they are dumb, but they are loyal.' I have for years suspected that they are only tolerant."
Author: Beryl Markham
8. "Governors of both political parties face a stark choice between unpopular tax increases and drastic cuts in Medicaid, education, public safety and other essential services."
Author: Bill Delahunt
9. "What's the point in being an unpopular writer? It just doesn't make a lot of sense. For me it doesn't, anyway."
Author: Bryce Courtenay
10. "[Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner belonged to] that small army of brave people who made it their duty, without thought of themselves or hope or expectation of reward, to strive for unpopular causes.[Chapman Cohen on the death of noted freethinker and peace advocate Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner]"
Author: Chapman Cohen
11. "What was surprising--and would largely be forgotten as time went on--was how well Adams had done. Despite the malicious attacks on him, the furor over the Alien and Sedition Acts, unpopular taxes, betrayals by his own cabinet, the disarray of the Federalists, and the final treachery of Hamilton, he had, in fact, come very close to winning in the electoral count. With a difference of only 250 votes in New York City, Adams would have won an electoral count of 71 to 61. So another of the ironies of 1800 was that Jefferson, the apostle of agrarian America who loathed cities, owed his ultimate political triumph to New York."
Author: David McCullough
12. "I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish."
Author: Edith Sitwell
13. "I have been unable to live an uncommitted or suspended life. I have not hesitated to declare my affiliation with an extremely unpopular cause."
Author: Edward Said
14. "I know I'm unpopular."
Author: Ehud Olmert
15. "Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publications."
Author: Frances Ann Lebowitz
16. "The Western post-Christian civilization has picked up the Christ without His Cross. But a Christ without a sacrifice that reconciles the world to God is a cheap, colorless, itinerant preacher who deserves to be popular for His great Sermon on the Mount, but also merits unpopularity for what He said about His Divinity on the one hand, and divorce, judgment, and hell on the other. This sentimental Christ is patched together with a thousand commonplaces, sustained sometimes by academic etymologists who cannot see the Word for the letters, or distorted beyond personal recognition by a dogmatic principle that anything which is Divine must necessarily be a myth. Without His Cross, He becomes nothing more than a sultry precursor of democracy or a humanitarian who taught brotherhood without tears."
Author: Fulton J. Sheen
17. "By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece."
Author: G.K. Chesterton
18. "I saw the other loners the way everyone else did-as unappealing, as to be avoided at all costs. If I hung out with one of them, I thought, my unpopular status would get worse, not better, because it would be magnified by association."
Author: Gail Carson Levine
19. "I was unpopular at school just because I was an intellectual. I always answered all the questions off the top of my head but they nevertheless resented because of that."
Author: George Woodcock
20. "A president who is burdened with a failed and unpopular war, and who has lost the trust of the country, simply can no longer govern. He is destined to become as much a failure as his war."
Author: Glenn Greenwald
21. "I feel that if I am freed of the burden of politics, then I can do more and I can take more unpopular decisions. I can have as my guidance for decision whatever is right, not whatever is popular."
Author: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
22. "Worldliness proposes objectives which demand no radical breach with man's fallen nature; it judges the importance of things by the present and material results; it weighs success by numbers; it covets human esteem and wants no unpopularity; it knows no truth for which it is worth suffering; it declines to be a 'fool for Christ's sake."
Author: Iain Murray
23. "I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?"
Author: Irwin Shaw
24. "In other news, Aang dominates on "Are You Smarter Than the Fire Nation". Bella Swan becomes engaged to her boyfriend of one year, Edward Cullen, and unceremoniously sends Jacob Black to the "friend zone". Pop star Candy Cane trades her controversial career for being a housewife (which was a move that is very unpopular with many of her young fans), and Jacquel Rassenworth is still the Internet's biggest fame-nut (cue APPLAUSE)."
Author: Jacquel Chrissy May
25. "There never is a good time for tough decisions. There will always be an election or something else. You have to pick courage and do it. Governance is about taking tough, even unpopular, decisions."
Author: Jairam Ramesh
26. "The government was to raise the duty on cheese to 83 percent, an unpopular move that would doubtless have the more militant citizens picketing cheese shops."
Author: Jasper Fforde
27. "I didn't mind being unpopular at school, because everyone else was a heathen."
Author: Jeanette Winterson
28. "Tip: Unpopularity is a state of mind. Feel nerdy. Think uncool thoughts. It also helps to use the word "vaginal" a lot."
Author: Jennifer Ziegler
29. "It is our duty to concentrate all our influence to make popular that which is sound and good, and unpopular that which is unsound."
Author: Joseph Smith Jr.
30. "And to be quite frank, that is precisely what we need philosophers for. We do not need them to choose a beauty queen or the day's bargain in tomatoes. (This is why they are often unpopular!) Philosophers will try to ignore highly topical affairs and instead try to draw people's attention to what is eternally 'true,' eternally 'beautiful,' and eternally 'good."
Author: Jostein Gaarder
31. "Real courage is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. Doing the unpopular thing because it's what you believe, and the heck with everybody."
Author: Justin Cronin
32. "Jesus--if Kilgore Trout could only write!" Rosewater exclaimed. He had a point: Kilgore Trout's unpopularity was deserved. His prose was frightful. Only his ideas were good."
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
33. "Well I think that what we're seeing now is that the people feel like they, the people in Congress don't have their consent to govern them. They keep doing things that are incredibly unpopular. And so when that happens, folks get angry."
Author: Laura Ingraham
34. "Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like."
Author: Lemony Snicket
35. "And they are beginning to realize that the world they live in is a place where the right thing is often hard, sometimes dangerous, and frequently unpopular."
Author: Lois Lowry
36. "The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character."
Author: Margaret Chase Smith
37. "Nearly thirty years on, despite Pejic's unpopularity with some feminists and the closet-cases who write for US FHM, 1980s Marilyn and his shameless, shining desire to be desired looks more like a glamorous prophet, preparing the way for the Metrosexy 21st Century."
Author: Mark Simpson
38. "Our own State Department polls say that 80 percent of Iraqis view the United States as an unpopular occupier."
Author: Marty Meehan
39. "A celebrity farts, and everyone endures, but the unpopular will be thrased to death."
Author: Michael Bassey Johnson
40. "I'm not staring. I'm observing. . . . And what do you observe? . . . A brave young woman who has always fought for what was right, even when it was unpopular."
Author: Michelle Moran
41. "Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection."
Author: Neal Boortz
42. "As a leader, one must sometimes take actions that are unpopular, or whose results will not be known for years to come."
Author: Nelson Mandela
43. "An open internet is an open platform for debating opposing views. It allows unpopular voices to be heard."
Author: Newton Lee
44. "The main reason nerds are unpopular is that they have other things to think about."
Author: Paul Graham
45. "A lot of my childhood memories involve walking home in floods of tears. At that age, feeling unpopular is difficult to handle."
Author: Rachel Stevens
46. "Look you don't know I'm your soul mate," Lily said. " You barely know me at all. I have terrible habits. I swallow toothpaste. My socks don't always match. I'm not good at small talk. I'm just about the most unpopular kid in class, a close third behind the guy who doesn't shower and the girl who's a compulsive liar. Besides, it's not like Jake and me... He was just being nice.""You are my soul mate, even if you don't know it yet," Tye said"
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
47. "Top 10 Deathbed Regrets:1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life other people expected of me.2. I wish I took time to be with my children more when they were growing up.3. I wish I had the courage to express my feelings, without the fear of being rejected or unpopular.4. I wish I would have stayed in touch with friends and family.5. I wish I would have forgiven someone when I had the chance.6. I wish I would have told the people I loved the most how important they are to me.7. I wish I would have had more confidence and tried more things, instead of being afraid of looking like a fool.8. I wish I would have done more to make an impact in this world.9. I wish I would have experienced more, instead of settling for a boring life filled with routine, mediocrity and apathy.10. I wish I would have pursued my talents and gifts.(contributed by Shannon L. Alder, author and therapist that has 17 years of experience working with hospice patients)"
Author: Shannon L. Alder
48. "But Carroll's were more convoluted, and they struck me as funny in a new way:1) Babies are illogical.2) Nobody is despised who can manage a crocodile.3) Illogical persons are despised.Therefore, babies cannot manage crocodiles.And:1) No interesting poems are unpopular among people of real taste.2) No modern poetry is free from affectation.3) All of your poems are on the subject of soap bubbles.4) No affected poetry is popular among people of taste.5) Only a modern poem would be on the subject of soap bubbles.Therefore, all your poems are uninteresting."
Author: Steve Martin
49. "I figured it is always better to be unpopular by your own choice."
Author: Tom Upton
50. "In all the world, rich people are very unpopular."
Author: Victor Pinchuk

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