Best Quotes About Popularity

I think writing about unhappiness is probably the source of my popularity, if I have any-after all, most people are unhappy, don't you think? -Philip Larkin

The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity. -Max Beerbohm

I think George W. Bush has a warm, engaging personality. But, you know, the presidency is more than just a popularity contest. -Al Gore

When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it's because he's so human; and that is the secret of his popularity. -Walt Disney

Thus the metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet. -Dave Barry

Avoid popularity if you would have peace. -Abraham Lincoln

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

When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people. -Edmund Burke

Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; riches take wings; the only earthly certainty is oblivion. -Horace Greeley

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

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

There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few. -Edgar Allan Poe

I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity. -Bette Midler

True popularity comes from acts of kindness rather than acts of stupidity. -Bo Bennett

The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny. -David Hume

If you're holding out for universal popularity, I'm afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time. -J. K. Rowling

If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking. -William Tecumseh Sherman

I can analyse the trajectory of my popularity and find out why the peak was a peak and the valley was a valley – grapple with it that way – but I prefer not to analyse it that much. -Corey Hart

Goodness means the highest degree of popularity. -Heinrich Mann

As far as sustaining our popularity, I believe we can. -Vince McMahon

There is a price for popularity. Critics look for your weaknesses, your flaws, anything that makes the work seem like a fluke and not seem worthy of all the attention it's getting. -Terry McMillan

I wouldn't overestimate the importance of my popularity in the country and abroad but at the end of the day it's not as important because I believe that my presence here could make some difference and it could encourage people. -Garry Kasparov

Gore will not win a popularity contest, he will not win a personality contest, but he can win an idealogical battle, and he can win a battle of experience. -Susan Estrich

Magic Realism is not new. The label's new, the specific Latin American form of it is new, its modern popularity is new, but it's been around as long as literature has been around. -Terri Windling

Judging from what looks like the popularity of this classic wrestling show is that the people like what they have grown to know and love here in Memphis. -Jerry Lawler

I hesitate to predict whether this theory is true. But if the general opinion of Mankind is optimistic then we're in for a period of extreme popularity for science fiction. -David Eddings

I've never personally criticized anyone else's music, but I know that the public's real problem is not the music I make but the perception that I play simple music for money only and for the notoriety and to increase my popularity. -Kenny G

Second, the President's popularity has not translated into increased support for the Republican party or for the policies and approaches on domestic policy championed by the President. -Thomas E. Mann

My popularity plunged three years ago and I didn't try to court publicity. -Namie Amuro

I first got to know Charles in the late seventies when I wrote an article and then a book about him and I think at the time he came across as quite appealing, it was probably the height of his popularity. -Anthony Holden

There are others who aim at popularity under the disguise of patriotism. -Jonathan Mayhew

But having said all of that, that still doesn't account for a lot of the increase in popularity which stems, I think, from Lincoln's personal characteristics. -David Herbert Donald

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

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

In a way, the popularity of Corona came too fast for its own good, initially. We took a few steps back. -Carlos Alvarez

Mom and Pop were proud of my popularity, but from their point of view, show business was no way to make a living. -Ethel Merman

Some people really trip on success or popularity. My friends would talk to me about that, about tripping on all this stuff, but you know what I tripped on? I started buying property. -Roy Ayers

The popular tendency is to listen approvingly to the most extreme statements and claims of politicians and orators who seek popularity by declaring their own country right in everything and other countries wrong in everything. -Elihu Root

The car is a character in the piece – I've never liked the car, I submitted to it's objectionable popularity. -Paul Michael Glaser

For some critics we might be uncool on account of our popularity. -Gavin Rossdale

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

I think the rising and falling popularity of areas like hard SF and far-future SF is, to a considerable extent, the same as any other fashion. -Stanley Schmidt

Overall, I think Michael Jordan is the greatest athlete in any particular sport. He dominated the game for the Chicago Bulls and brought the NBA to its greatest peak of popularity. -Will McDonough

Lincoln's stature and strength, his intelligence and ambition – in short, all the elements which gave him popularity among men in New Salem, rendered him equally attractive to the fair sex of that village. -John George Nicolay

Ultimately the Emmys are a popularity contest. -William Devane

When it comes to the recording and writing, it's still mostly Mickey and I. But now there's this whole live entity that's a whole different thing, and it seems to be where we're gaining the most popularity. -Gene Ween

Quite a few operas are still being commissioned around the world, although nothing apart from audience popularity can ensure more than a few performances. -Bruce Beresford

You have to expect the raps when you have achieved popularity as a writer. -Irwin Shaw

No, I always felt that amongst my core fans- because there was a level of popularity that I had in the mid '80s that was sort of a bump on the scale- they fundamentally understood the values that are at work in my work. -Bruce Springsteen

There are a lot of bands who claim to be punk and they only play the music, they have no clue what it's all about. It's a lifestyle. It's not about popularity and all that crap. -Billie Joe Armstrong

But I don't think the popularity of flying has diminished a bit. -Gerard Arpey

Art has never been a popularity contest. -James Levine

The actor's popularity is evanescent; applauded today, forgotten tomorrow. -Harrison Ford

The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof. -Mary McCarthy

An actor's popularity is fleeting. His success has the life expectancy of a small boy who is about to look into a gas tank with a lighted match. -Fred Allen

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

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

I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It's totally for myself. I never in my wildest dreams expected this popularity. -J. K. Rowling

Since I started in Nascar, popularity has definitely gone up. I've become more attractive and helpful to companies that are looking for spokespersons. So from that perspective, things are going really well. -Danica Patrick

Some people want fame, popularity and huge sales. I've always hoped to have a really long career. So I've tried to make each of my creative decisions and business decisions to allow for longevity. As a side effect I got really famous and really big. I didn't realize the two could go together. -Jewel

I've always tried to be nice to people, so that sort of translates into popularity, I guess. -Andy Richter

When popularity is your only goal, doing well in class is going to feature very low, if at all, on your priority list. -Arabella Weir

We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity. -Marco Rubio

I believe we have become paralyzed, paralyzed by our desire to be loved. Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing, and that this country's principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times. -Chris Christie

Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing, and that this country's principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times. -Chris Christie

Anytime something starts to feel like a popularity contest or not about the music, I'd rather just not be involved. I'm not a big high-fiver. That really gets to people around me when we have a No. 1 or something big happen. I'm not a big, 'Let's go have a party about it!' -Gary Allan

The popularity of Groupon has almost rendered the group-buying element of it obsolete, because we're able to deliver so many customers that the merchants are very happy with even the smallest number that we can provide. -Andrew Mason

If I had rolled along with the strip's popularity and repeated myself for another five, 10 or 20 years, the people now 'grieving' for 'Calvin and Hobbes' would be wishing me dead. -Bill Watterson

If we get our self-esteem from superficial places, from our popularity, appearance, business success, financial situation, health, any of these, we will be disappointed, because no one can guarantee that we'll have them tomorrow. -Kathy Ireland

I'm not someone who gets to play The O2 and places like that, but that's the kind of rock and roll venue. The popularity of stand-up means that some people are getting to play rock star venues. -Tim Vine

Considering the popularity of soaps with the African-American audience, it's grotesque that the entertainment industry, for all its vaunted liberalism, is lagging so far behind social changes in the United States. And why has there never been an all-black daytime network soap? It would probably blow the white soaps off the map. -Camille Paglia

Many of the network television shows have done takeoffs on 'Family Circus,' including 'David Letterman,' 'Friends,' 'Roseanne,' and others, and, in my estimation the use of them is a compliment to the popularity of the feature, which just by mentioning it's name sets up the image of a warm, loving family-type feature. -Bil Keane

When I launched the development of the GNU system, I explicitly said the purpose of developing this system is so we can use our computers and have freedom, thus if you use some other free system instead but you have freedom, then it's a success. It's not popularity for our code but it's success for our goal. -Richard Stallman

When I got into rap I didn't exactly win any popularity contests. I called myself Dee Dee King, after B.B. King, to the total dismay of my fellow Ramones. -Dee Dee Ramone

My guess is that people look at me and project their own values – importance of family, ego is healthy but not the biggest thing. I don't know. I can't explain my popularity. -Jane Pauley

In high school, it was all about popularity, being with the boyfriend and all the girls thinking he's cute. -Ashley Tisdale

You're an island no matter what you do. I think it's very dangerous to use popularity as your identity in life. So you have to really know who you are inside, the core person, and follow what is true rather than follow what is hype. -Donny Osmond

I've never had issues with popularity. I was always a popular guy… I've always had friends and loved ones and everything, so it wasn't like, 'Oh man, I gotta fill some void that was left by high school.' I had a great high-school experience. -Jonah Hill

My political science degree is always on the back-burner. I took my LSAT, so even if I want to take the LSAT again, I know what I'm getting into. I'll keep it on the back-burner. Who knows, maybe with my popularity, I can have a career in politics with a law degree. I think it'll work out either way. -Vinny Guadagnino

I don't aspire to have high approval ratings. I aspire, in light of my two predecessors, to be the most honest governor I can be. I'd rather focus on honesty than popularity. -Pat Quinn

We have to unclutter our brains from worries that maybe people don't like us. Women tend to worry about popularity; it doesn't matter if they like you. They need to respect you. They need to show that respect for you in your pay check. And that needs to be okay. -Mika Brzezinski

Why, I wonder, should the popularity of a news story matter to me? Does it mean it's a good story or just a seductive one? -Susan Orlean

What's funny is that the idea of popularity – even the use of the word 'popular' – is something that had been mostly absent from my life since junior high. In fact, the hallmark of life after junior high seemed to be the shedding of popularity as a central concern. -Susan Orlean

It's dangerous to think too much about how a film will be received. Filmmaking is not a popularity contest. Some would disagree. -Julia Leigh

I want to take advantage of any popularity I have. -Ben Barnes

In fact, my popularity seems almost entirely a masculine phenomenon. -Marilyn Monroe

The popularity of the party and Yingluck is getting more and more. -Thaksin Shinawatra

It is by now beyond question that Elton John is a competent and classy entertainer. Few people who have achieved his popularity have succeeded in maintaining his standards for performance and professionalism. -Jon Landau

To her audience, Janis Joplin has remained a symbol, artifact and reminder of late Sixties youth culture. Her popularity never derived from her musical ability, but from her capacity to link her fantasies of freedom and immortality with ours. -Jon Landau

There is a 'patrician arrogance' to James Taylor that accounts in part for his popularity while it at the same time explains the critical resistance to his work. -Jon Landau

Has Bill Clinton inspired idealism in the young, as he himself was inspired by John F. Kennedy? Or has he actually reduced their idealism? Surely part of the answer lies in Clinton's personal moral lapse with Monica Lewinsky. But more important was his sin of omission – his failure to embrace a moral cause beyond popularity. -Arlie Russell Hochschild

Our success as a global brand has been directly related to how we select locations where we are confident our particular clients desire to be. Los Cabos, Mexico is the ideal Engel & Volkers market, growing in popularity among world luxury travelers seeking exceptional properties for second home opportunities. -Anthony Hitt

The Academy Awards were basically created by the industry to promote pictures. They weren't really to acknowledge the performances. Then it became sort of this a great popularity contest and now, it's an incredible show and it's seen all over the world. -James Cromwell

I didn't go into politics because I wanted to win a popularity contest. -Andrew Lansley

I think musicians and actors have all these problems, because of the popularity and the opportunity. -Ravi Shankar

The popularity of the Internet and using it as an available resource has really changed the way chefs kind of gather information and look for inspiration. To me, a food trend is potentially a lot of people following an idea. -Grant Achatz

Don't we all know why nerds do what they do? To get money, which leads to popularity, which leads to girls. -Zadie Smith

Even though the popularity and the fanbase is much much greater, and more people have heard about me through things like the Grammys and the Ivors and touring and word of mouth, it doesn't reflect in the sales of the record and doesn't go into my pocket. -Imogen Heap

I'm not trying to win a popularity poll. I'm trying to win football games. -Woody Hayes

Given the growing popularity of pop culture conventions, many of them are selling out, leaving a lot of fans out in the dark and having to trawl the Internet for bits and pieces of news that relate to these events. -Emmett Shear

If I want popularity, I go to a chef's convention. -Nathan Myhrvold

Records were replaced by CDs, and lead type died in favor of computerized fonts. However, each had a 100-year ride of popularity, so you can't feel too bad for them. -Nathan Myhrvold

Elections, for their part, are typically popularity contests rather than measures of candidates' relative competency or effectiveness. Imagine if scientific truth were determined according to which scientist was most popular. To be successful, scientists would have to be charismatic and attractive – and human knowledge would suffer terribly. -Nathan Myhrvold

George W. Bush is not preoccupied with his legacy – nor with his popularity. He never has been. He has always led based on core conviction and strong principles and has believed that time and distance would allow for context. -Mark McKinnon

The big cop-out would be to accept popularity rather than opting to try to create potent work. It's so easy to do the popular thing, the expected thing, and that's where you start to cheat yourself – and your fans, in the end – because there's an inherent dishonesty in pandering and dishing up what everyone's expecting. -The Edge

Why don't the Grammys matter? Because it feels rigged and cheap – like a popularity contest that the insiders club has decided. -Trent Reznor

All language is a popularity contest. -Erin McKean

Whenever education budgets get tightened, art programs are the first to get cut. Like the enduring popularity of reality TV, this never ceases to amaze me. -Lynda Resnick

Too often the pressure for popularity, on children and teens, places an economic burden on the income of the father, so mother feels she must go to work to satisfy her children's needs. That decision can be most shortsighted. -Ezra Taft Benson

Horse racing is waning in popularity. -Elayne Boosler

I was more comfortable with guys growing up, but now I find myself more comfortable in my own skin and open to people, regardless of their gender or popularity or any other label, as a result. -Gillian Zinser

I think the general public's response to my projects is very strong. You can be an intellectual and say that popularity detracts from architectural quality. On the other hand, you can see in the public's identification something very positive. -Moshe Safdie

I've accepted I can't rely on my work alone; I must market myself. The truly spectacular roles do go to the girls who actively promote their popularity. -Embeth Davidtz

You're always going to sound like yourself, but you can make really strong attempts to keep some similarities, but move away from what you did before for popularity's sake. -Chuck D

I am a person who always tries not to be easily influenced by position or achievement. I thank God for the fact that I can share more kindness and a good quality of life through the popularity. Not for the popularity itself. -Mario Teguh

I'm very happy to be a part of a very successful piece of art, as the 'Saw' films have been. One gets into this to participate. It's the coming together of a good story. So, that aspect of it has been just splendid. It really has nothing to do with me or my popularity. I'm fascinated. -Tobin Bell

You know, it's a wonderful thing. I have to say that some of the greatest actors I've ever worked with have been doing anime for years. It's not just because of the popularity, either. -Steven Blum

How one hates to think of oneself as alone. How one avoids it. It seems to imply rejection or unpopularity. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

It seems that elections today are more popularity than they are substantial issues. -Jesse Ventura

I don't make decisions for money or popularity. I do things because they're right for me, and they're interesting and challenging. -Clare Balding

Bloggers create kind of a popularity. But they are not the experts, and we have to understand that. -Martha Stewart

The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection. -Henri Nouwen

My thing is, once you start to put a backbeat on your music or something that has a machine in it, you have popularity, but you lose the flexibility. And you lose a richness. -Wynton Marsalis

It turns out that popularity is scary. I don't feel comfortable receiving so much attention from people; perhaps that's because I'm just a kampong boy. -Andrea Hirata

I guess what I enjoy most is directing, because it incorporates all aspects of filmmaking. Directing is in the same line as acting – both are popularity contests, and in both you're trying to tell a story through the film as a medium. -James Franco

We can't deny that films have a bigger reach. After the popularity of the 'Slumdog Millionaire,' a lot of people started reading Vikas Swarup's 'Q & A'. From a business sense, films are a good tool to increase the number of readers. -Ashwin Sanghi

I found popularity through self-destruction, and that can be quite addictive. -Johnny Vegas

I thought I could play the hellraiser and then put 'Johnny Vegas' back in his box. I found popularity through self-destruction. The more you damage yourself, the more people are drawn to you, and that can be quite addictive. It is not a lifestyle you can maintain. -Johnny Vegas

I'm really interested in kind of weird social situations and cliques, watching girls vying for attention, watching how the popularity thing happens. I've always thought too hard about everything. -Lorde

I think we have tremendous media covering the sport of boxing, even if boxing is a little bit lost in popularity with MMA sports. And I think that with the show 'Lights Out' it's going to get more attention to the sport, and it's going to put more attention to the problems that athletes in general have. -Wladimir Klitschko

Don't give in to all the cliques and popularity. It means nothing. I know super popular guys, and guess what? They're just normal people, too. -Leo Howard

Since social networks gained popularity extremely rapidly, there had been a debate as to whether social media was a fad. There are countless pieces of evidence now proving the contrary, among them the explosion in Twitter growth and Facebook's public listing. -Ryan Holmes

I don't care at all about the mainstream; I don't care about popularity contests; I don't care about who's got the biggest-selling album; and I don't care about glossy production. -Phil Anselmo

As the word 'tolerance' grows in popularity, tolerance for pure, unadulterated Christian doctrine appears to be shrinking. -Monica Johnson

The world will try to make you think that being good is outdated and old-fashioned and that popularity comes from breaking the rules and lowering your standards. Don't buy into that way of thinking. As you watch TV or read magazines, you might be made to feel abnormal when, really, you are the one who has it figured out. -Margaret D. Nadauld

Twitter's popularity and usefulness are mysteries to me. -David Harsanyi

I always wanted to live the lives of different people, portray characters that are different from me. But I could have done that in front of a mirror, also, I didn't need to do films for that. At the end of the day, it's this fame, recognition, popularity, the love and appreciation you get from your audience that drives you. -Vidya Balan

The sheer diversity of literature in the Bible is one of the secrets of its continuing popularity through the centuries. There is something for all moods and many different cultures. Its message is not buried in religious jargon only accessible to either believers or scholars, but reflects the issues that people struggle with in daily life. -John Drane

Leadership is not a popularity contest; it's about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title. -Robin S. Sharma

All who have taken it upon themselves to rule over others have incurred hatred and unpopularity for a time; but if one has a great aim to pursue, this burden of envy must be accepted, and it is wise to accept it. -Pericles

Nowadays, kids know how a programme like Merlin is made and how it works. But the show just seems to grow in popularity the more it goes on. -Colin Morgan

Adidas is just right. They've been, like, a partner I couldn't be more thankful for. I really feel like they've helped increase my popularity. You know? It's tight to be able to attach to their brand and be able to add whatever I can offer to their brand. It's nice to know that they appreciate it. They are always showing love. -Big Sean

For all the popularity of spiritual advisers in South Korea, it still shocks to see the leaders of huge public companies relying on fortune-tellers. A shaman may advise a struggling executive to move a building's front entrance, tapping the widespread pungsu belief that your luck depends on the direction of your house. -Kim Young-ha

Over the years, Good Deeds Day has annually gained greater popularity, spreading beyond geographical boundaries to include many more countries worldwide. International Good Deeds Day has become a global annual tradition of giving. -Shari Arison

The unknown has undone many a president, and no matter the popularity of an Oval Office occupant, any and all presidents are vulnerable. Of course, one thing that seems to set Obama part from his recent predecessors is his ability to keep an inner calm about tough issues. -Chuck Todd

If you're a publisher and you forbid deep linking into your site, or have a paid wall or registration requirement, then you're making it hard to 'point to' your content. When no one points to your content, your content is harder to find because search uses links as a proxy for popularity. -John Battelle

How do you rate works of genius? Partly by personal inclination, partly by accepted wisdom, partly by popularity. -Robert Gottlieb

Truth is the most bitter to accept, swallow and digest it. The moment you speak truth, you lose your popularity. But I don't care. -Bikram Choudhury

The power of the 'Muppets,' and the popularity of these characters, is so iconic in people's lives that I had to distance myself from publicly. Not privately… Privately, hell, I'm with them for life, and I love these people. They're my second family. -Frank Oz

Some call-in moderators are neutral and courteous. Then there's Rush Limbaugh, who is funny and pompous and a scapegoater and hatemonger. His popularity could cause you to draw some terrible conclusions about the state of mind of the American people. It helps to remember that Bill Cosby is popular, too. -Donella Meadows

Now is a time where there are so many social networks, such need for validation… you don't have to be a star or a politician to want to have likes or dislikes. Now there is a disease of popularity in the whole society. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

At the height of his popularity in 1977, Cat Stevens converted to Islam and dedicated his life to educational and philanthropic causes. -Shawn Amos

Animals' taste systems are specialized for the niche they occupy in the environment. That includes us. As hunters and foragers of the dry savannah, our earliest forebears evolved a taste for important but scarce nutrients: salt and high-energy fats and sugars. That, in a nutshell, explains the widespread popularity of junk food. -Mary Roach

I think if you're constantly reinvesting into your content and giving the fans stuff, then you can continue to tour. You can continue to sell the merch and monetize the popularity of the brand. -G-Eazy

When you look at Kennedy and Nixon, TV played a crucial part in Kennedy's popularity. He was incredibly photogenic, while Nixon was this scowling figure. American viewers judged him on his appearance on TV. -Peyton Reed

The real kiss of death – particularly with my father – is the extraordinary popularity of his work. -Jamie Wyeth

In today's world, America's soft power is commonly thought to reside in the global popularity of Hollywood movies, Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Starbucks. -Ahmed Zewail

Some people thought I was using my popularity as a singer to sell my first novel. For others, it was almost a sacrilege: a practitioner of a minor art daring to enter the field of high art. -Chico Buarque

The popularity of figure skating has increased tremendously, and Koreans have a huge interest in figure skaters – not only me, other international skaters as well. -Kim Yuna

It pays to cultivate popularity. It doubles success possibilities, develops manhood, and builds up character. -Orison Swett Marden

To my way of thinking, passive management of file assets is okay for screwing around with iPads, where we're mainly watching TV on Netflix or obsessive-compulsively checking the popularity of our Instagram uploads. -Jeffrey Zeldman

I was always known in my industry, and I always enjoyed a modicum of popularity. -Iris Apfel

There are three elements to perceived popularity. A student has to be visible, recognizable and influential. -Alexandra Robbins

I did a guest thing on 'My Name Is Earl,' and there is something about being involved in a TV show that's in the midst of its popularity that frees up the creative process. -Jon Favreau

I'm not surprised 'The Avengers' has such enduring popularity, because it was a groundbreaking series that changed television. It was the first show that put its leading man and leading lady on an equal footing and showed a woman fighting and kicking and throwing men around. That was a radical departure in its time. -Patrick Macnee

On YouTube, if anything, coming out as gay or bi or trans explodes someone's popularity. -Tyler Oakley

I was thinking recently about the popularity of TV shows about people shopping for houses. I wonder if part of their appeal is the chance to vicariously imagine our lives playing out in a variety of spaces. We have a sense that the shape and style of our dwellings affects the shapes of the lives that unfold within them. -Mary Szybist

I'll be judged on the body of work and not the popularity of any one decision. -Kamala Harris

The affairs of America I shall ever look upon as my first business whilst I am in Europe. Any confidence from the king and ministers, any popularity I may have among my own countrymen, any means in my power, shall be, to the best of my skill, and till the end of my life, exerted in behalf of an interest I have so much at heart. -Marquis de Lafayette

Honestly, I think there's a cycle to the popularity of fantasy and fairytales that usually coincides with times of unrest or hardship in our own world. By retelling these legends or immersing ourselves in fantasy realms, we can safely explore the very real, very day-to-day darkness of our own lives. -Sarah J. Maas

Making economic policy isn't a popularity contest, especially when financial markets are in a panic. -David Ignatius

Legislators are interested in their pet projects, getting re-elected, and popularity contests. -Bud Grant

My popularity has to do with the divorce between modern art, where everything is obscure, and the viewer who often feels he needs a professor to tell them whether it's good or not. I believe a painting has to talk directly to the viewer, with composition, color and design, without a professor to explain it. -Fernando Botero

There are all sorts of people who will say disobliging things about me. I don't mind that. I would rather people said, 'This is a man that sticks to his principles, not a man who's worried about popularity.' -Michael Gove

I'm not prepared to give up the truth for popularity. -Naftali Bennett

The sense of popularity in an actor is essential. -Roger Rees

Part of the popularity with Louis Farrakhan has less to do with the content of his message and more to do with the form that he portrays himself – as being a free black person who speaks what is on his mind with boldness and fearlessness. Who is willing to pay the consequences. -Cornel West

It's very interesting, the dynamics of popularity. When you do something all the time, you don't worry about whether it's trendy or not. -Taj Mahal

I had an initial wave of popularity that, in time, crashed, and I slowly became less popular and less successful, and I had to figure out who I was without those things. -Mike Posner

Popularity is given to you, and if you think that just because you're really popular you're a better person, it could be a real crash when you find the popularity goes down. -Amy Tan

I have no predilection for unpopularity as such, but I hold it much preferable to the popularity of a day, which perishes with the transient topic upon which it is grounded. -John Quincy Adams

My own personal popularity can have no influence over me when the dictates of my best judgment and the obligations of an oath require of me a particular course. Under such circumstances, whether I sink or swim on the tide of popular favor is, to me, a matter of inferior consideration. -John Tyler

I think of 'Twilight' in terms of the fact that the popularity has given us the opportunity to do the things that we love, and now we can pick and choose. -Taylor Lautner

Within the macho-melodrama tropes of the superhero genre, it's fair to say 'Watchmen' stands out for its rich entertainment, its darkness, and its lurid pleasures. Its vividly drawn panels, moody colors and lush imagery make its popularity well-deserved, if disproportionate. -Lydia Millet

It would be nice if we could all agree to this proposition: popularity is not the same as achievement. -Howard Jacobson

Lauren Conrad has been described as one of the first people to significantly benefit from the popularity of reality TV. -Fabrizio Moreira

I quit 'Qubool Hai' at the right time. When 'Alone' was offered to me, I was learning production and direction. I don't think not being seen on TV for more than a year will affect my popularity or 'Alone.' -Karan Singh Grover

The popularity of leaders like Mandela was an invitation to counter-attack by the government. Mandela was banned from speaking, from attending gatherings, from leaving Johannesburg, from belonging to any organization. -Oliver Tambo

I suppose popularity is measured by ratings. If a broadcaster is known as the leader because of ratings, then that's where people most want to be seen and heard, so there's no question that there's an advantage. -Walter Cronkite

I think that, occasionally, fame and popularity can garner more attention for individuals or films. But as a person who believes in my craft, I like the romantic notion that skill and hard work is more important than notoriety. -Nargis Fakhri

Singers are definitely getting their due in Bollywood. I feel that music composers, on the other hand, tend to lose out on the popularity, fame, and success that singers usually enjoy. -Armaan Malik

It is inevitable that popularity will fade. That's why I must always be prepared. I don't want a meteoric rise in popularity. I want to be an actor who can quickly get back on my feet after a fall. If I want to have a long-term career in acting, I must be careful about the choices I make. -Song Joong-ki

I intend not to do an item song ever. I find the term 'item songs' bizarre. I do not want to comment on its presence and its popularity, but I would rather avoid it. -Yami Gautam

The making of the Barack Obama franchise far exceeded the skill set of Washington's best. In fact, the recipe for Mr. Obama's global popularity can be attributed less to political minds and chance than to the enduring power of Hollywood. -Andrew Breitbart

'Kahaani' gave me popularity and 'Gangs of Wasseypur' stardom. -Nawazuddin Siddiqui

'Lost' is an entity of its own. It's still such a culture touchstone that I think it'll be something people go back to for a long time, like 'Star Trek.' I'm just so amazed by the show's popularity. -Sonya Walger

Networks are operating from a fear base where it's all about playing the popularity game. -Mo Collins

I have never been attracted to increasing my popularity or hireability by being on Instagram. -Katherine Langford

The popularity of fantasy surpassing science fiction and the popularity of apocalyptic fiction, particularly for young adults, may indicate a desire to escape a more difficult and confusing reality, even in astrophysics and particle physics. -James Gunn

The more I grow in popularity, the lonelier it gets. Because you don't really know me. You just know this part of me. You fell in love with that. But it's way more intricate than what meets the surface. -Kevin Gates

Don't make election popularity largely a matter of which candidate hires the most creative and effective propagandists. Insist that it be, instead, a running conversation with the public. -Ron Howard

My job isn't to win popularity contests. -Betsy DeVos

The popularity of '2 Dope Queens' just showed there was like a hunger for new stories because we have alternative comics on our show that wouldn't normally be featured on, like, a white guy's comedy show. -Jessica Williams

No one likes to think of themselves as a one-trick pony as an actor, but on the other hand, it's nice to be part of something that has an international popularity, that is seen literally everywhere in the world and stays in the marketplace forever. -Robert Picardo

Not every character that you play is going to be somebody that you like or love, but every character that you play has a story that is worth telling. If you're not the person to tell it, that's one thing. But if you don't want to tell it because you are afraid of the unpopularity of the character, I view that as a missed opportunity. -Sterling K. Brown

Presidents have to decide what their popularity is for. Lyndon Johnson probably understood best that political popularity is a wasting asset. You had to use it when you had it. -H. W. Brands

'12 Years A Slave' is a film that is beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, and told in a compelling manner. However, there are some questions, in my opinion, as to its importance. Paramount among those questions is, What does this scenario illustrate that we didn't know or haven't seen before? And why does such a film garner such popularity? -Joe Morton

I'm not here to win a popularity contest. -Gary Bettman

Over the years, the way our customers shop our stores and websites has changed and will continue to change with the increasing popularity and convenience of smart phones and tablets. -Karen Katz

I think 'Candy Crush' may be fading in popularity, but there's always something new that's popping up. -Kristen Soltis Anderson

I'm excited to be part of the world's biggest dance show. What attracted me towards the show, apart from its global popularity, was the format of street versus stage. -Rithvik Dhanjani

I'm sorry, but I am not interested in getting cheap popularity. I've earned my success through sincere hard work. And that's the only success I want. -Yo Yo Honey Singh

I am a very simple guy. Of course, popularity matters a lot, but for me, my health and family come first. -Barun Sobti

My career choices aren't based on the popularity of my character; I have never intended to capitalise on my fan base. -Barun Sobti

I am genuinely happy that other actors are entering the industry and gaining popularity. There are enough opportunities in the business for everybody. -Fawad Khan

I try not to be influenced by success or popularity. -Suga

Looking ahead, we see the popularity of eSports exploding as competitive gaming becomes more mainstream and eSports leagues like 'Call of Duty' World League and Overwatch League driving greater engagement and viewership. -Bobby Kotick

I was in the wilderness of Hollywood for almost ten years. I was off the studio lists. I wasn't getting the roles offered to actors that hadn't done a third of the roles I had done or had the popularity I had. -Cuba Gooding, Jr.

I almost turned down '8 Mile.' I was due to start 'ER,' and I learned they really wanted me to be in '8 Mile.' I didn't know Eminem; I just knew he was a rapper and saw what everyone else saw in the media. I thought they were just trying to capitalize on his popularity. -Mekhi Phifer

Nightclubs are a small-revenue business that go through pretty fast popularity cycles. -Christie Hefner

Does the Grammys intentionally use artists for their celebrity, popularity, and cultural appeal when they already know the winners and then program a show against this expectation? Meanwhile, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences hides behind the 'peer' voting system to escape culpability for not even rethinking its approach. -Steve Stoute

Leadership is not a contest of likeability. Leadership often boils down to making the tougher choices. You are not in a popularity contest. -Paul Polman

Daily, I visualize the smart-ass troll who lives deep in my subconscious, and I pelt him with rainbows and unicorns. I fight a battle against my judgmental thoughts. And when an opportunity arises to gain acceptance or popularity at the expense of someone else, I zip it. It's not easy. -Julie Plec

Europeans tend to feel more positively about their governments than do Americans, for whom the failures and unpopularity of their federal, state, and local politicians are a commonplace. Yet Americans' various governments collect taxes and, in return, provide services without which they could not easily live their lives. -Angus Deaton

The rise of the social web promised a new era of personalization for globe-trotting. But like many things born online, as popularity of the new tools increased, efficiency and usefulness began to decrease. -Jenna Wortham

For me, when I grew up, I never really had an outlet when it came to my social surroundings. Even if I had a form of popularity, I felt like I was very limited. -Khalid

I think there are districts – a lot of them – where Donald Trump is deeply unpopular, and tying your opponent to Donald Trump's unpopularity is a winning strategy. But that's not true for every district. -Brian Schatz

When professors expect a few dozen students and hundreds show up, it's a mixed blessing. While it's a testament to their popularity, it also means they have to scramble to interview and hire more teaching fellows, schedule rooms, and order lab supplies. -Parker Conrad

The booming popularity of alligator hunting, sparked by reality shows like the History Channel's 'Swamp People,' is easy to understand: It's an exotic blast of adrenaline. But there's a culinary upside as well, with gator boasting a delicate light-pink meat that, to me, falls somewhere between veal and wild turkey. -Jonathan Miles

Jockeying for a popularity position has been a valorized teen tradition since the notion of a discrete teen stage of life was invented. -Mary H.K. Choi

There are people who don't like popularity. It's much better to be exclusive and remote. -Robert Indiana

While 'Twilight''s popularity was undeniable among both the teenagers they were aimed at and middle-aged women who flocked to the series in droves, Meyer has drawn her share of criticism for her writing. Some feminist critics assailed what they saw as Bella's mooning over her vampire lover. -Michelle Dean

I've noticed, in the ebbs and flows of success and popularity, so much of it is fraudulent and to be distrusted. -Paul Bettany

I first got online in the late '80s when I was an eccentric teenager in suburban New Jersey, in a town mostly interested in sports, popularity, and clothes. I was a reader, into Jorge Luis Borges, and I found, connected to, and delighted in a group of Borges scholars from Aarhus, Denmark, that I met online. -Caterina Fake

I was an eccentric teenager in suburban New Jersey, in a town mostly interested in sports, popularity, and clothes. A fan of Jorge Luis Borges, I found a group of Borges scholars from Aarhus, Denmark – perfect strangers – whom I connected to online and immediately became enthralled by the idea of virtual communities. -Caterina Fake

Russian strategy seems to center on maintaining Putin's popularity at home; building a strong military capacity in special forces, nuclear weapons, and advanced submarines; pressuring nearby nations to join various defense and customs pacts dominated by Russia; and pushing back on the U.S. wherever convenient. -James G. Stavridis

During his last 18 months in office, Eisenhower flew to Asia, Europe, and Latin America and deployed his war hero's popularity to seek new friends for America while trying to improve relations with Moscow. By the time Ike left office, most Americans had forgotten their anger over losing the space race to the Soviets. -Michael Beschloss

Unlike Washington, the California legislature has proved that cooperation is both possible and essential to successful policymaking, while stubborn absolutism will have you trailing head lice in popularity polls. -Kevin de Leon

It would be really dangerous for us to assume that Christian hip-hop's popularity equals racial unity. -Trip Lee

The Left discovered that its post-electoral strategy of constant confrontation was actually helping Felipe Calderon and his popularity instead of undermining it. So Marcelo Ebrard, the mayor of Mexico City, who's a very savvy politician, he changed course. He decided to actually govern instead of simply trying to bring the Calderon government down. -Denise Dresser

Scholars are deeply gratified when their ideas catch on. And they are even more gratified when their ideas make a difference – improving motivation, innovation, or productivity, for example. But popularity has a price: people sometimes distort ideas and, therefore, fail to reap their benefits. -Carol S. Dweck

I don't think anyone could be the next Dick Vitale. I mean that in a good way. More than an announcer, Dick is an ambassador for the game. Dick is in class by himself. Like what he does or not, what he has done to expand the popularity of college basketball is phenomenal. -Stan Van Gundy

Every time I step out there in the Octagon, I aim to do Australia proud. And this isn't for popularity or a fan base; it has never been for that. It's just because I love my country, and I want to show the world what we're doing down here. -Robert Whittaker

Forty-five million people hit that button for 'In These Streets.' When you find out you have that kind of popularity, you better use it. It's called responsibility. -Jenifer Lewis

First and foremost, I am most proud of how 'Hee Haw' did its part to help pave the way for country music to burst from its regional roots to remarkable worldwide popularity. -Roy Clark

Not being active, your name doesn't go out there as much, and you lose the popularity thing. Also, you're not able to make a living. This is what we do to make a living: we go out there and fight. Not being able to fight for a year and a half and not able to bring in money, it definitely sets you back. -Cain Velasquez

I'm really thankful for the popularity of 'Strong Woman Do Bong Soon,' but I know it's only temporary. -Park Bo-young

I'll put it like this: When I was in high school, I would never win a popularity contest back then… it was always somebody else that got picked first for whatever reason. But all those people that went before me usually dropped the ball… then I'd get my shot. -Charlie Murphy

I don't wear clothes that I am not comfortable with – clothes will not get you popularity. -Tamannaah

I can't explain my popularity. I suppose I'm just an ordinary bloke, and a lot of people see a little bit of Eddie in themselves. -Eddie the Eagle

'Top Gear''s popularity is a complete mystery to me. Maybe it's because it's still a car programme, but it's turned into a distorted world view from three men; a world view through the windscreen. -James May

Of course, no single entertainment device can enjoy eternal popularity. -Satoru Iwata

I'm not out there to win a popularity contest. I'm out there to win basketball games. -Reggie Miller

Film music has given me everything – career and popularity. -Sid Sriram

Sometimes music can really seem like a popularity contest with beautiful people. -Tom Walker

I feel very fortunate to have made my debut with Sunny Deol. I'm aware of his stardom, his popularity, and his reach. I'm sure that teaming up with him has made people sit back and notice me. -Urvashi Rautela

I have got popularity. BJP workers have given me unmatched love. They admire me so much that I feel humbled. -Amit Shah

You don't have to like me as a person – I understand that I can get on people's nerves with the antics I do in the ring. This is not a popularity contest. I'm trying to do whatever I can to win the fight. -Paulie Malignaggi

It's an uncommon phenomenon, but Mahesh's popularity has never been dictated by the success of his films. -Namrata Shirodkar

I want to do a project with the right intentions – not money or popularity or to be busy. I'm not even concerned about being 'out of sight, out of mind' because if that's the motivation, then I won't give my 110% to the work. -Shweta Tripathi

I was looking at YouTube and seeing things really heat up again in terms of the popularity of talking about serious political or philosophical issues and almost no one doing leftist content that engaged with the other side in any way. I was like, 'I bet I can do this,' so I gave it a shot, and it's worked out better than I expected. -ContraPoints

I love to play, and I love the sport, but I don't play it to gain popularity. -Dirk Nowitzki

'Company' attracted a certain strata that acknowledged me as a good actor. But in terms of popularity, I owe everything I have to 'Road' because of the song, 'Raste raste, toofan sa.' -Vivek Oberoi

Britain First has deeply ignoble form on trying to 'hijack' the poppy to increase their popularity and donations. -Amber Rudd

Historically, the most favorably viewed figure in any administration is the first lady, regardless of her husband's popularity. That is largely because first ladies avoid the political fray and are ritualistically presented as a warm, human presence in the White House. -Ari Melber

Today we live in a world now where it is easy to confuse truth and popularity. And you can use money to amplify whatever you believe and get people to believe what is popular is now truthful. And what is not popular may not be truthful. -Chamath Palihapitiya

All these social media sites allow us to confuse truth and popularity. That has to be fixed. Because every normal citizen has a right to know what is factual versus what is amplified by good actors or bad actors. -Chamath Palihapitiya

We curate our lives around this perceived sense of perfection, because we get rewarded in these short term signals: Hearts, likes, thumbs up. We conflate that with value, and we conflate it with truth, and instead, what it really is is fake, brittle popularity that's short term and leaves you even more vacant and empty before you did it. -Chamath Palihapitiya

If some independent artists are using film as a medium to reach out to an audience, it should be promoted. Cinema is a popular medium and has a broad reach. There have been films with ghazals, classical and folk songs sung by local artists, which gave them popularity. -Shankar Mahadevan

I can understand my popularity with the Indian diaspora, but I do get surprised when non-Indians recognise my music. -Asha Bhosle

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