“Judges rule on the basis of law, not public opinion, and they should be totally indifferent to pressures of the times.”
Warren E. Burger
“Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice”
“There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.”
“Public Opinion... an attempt to organize the ignorance of the community, and to elevate it to the dignity of physical force.”
“Public opinion is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God.”
“Public opinion, I am sorry to say, will bear a great deal of nonsense. There is scarcely any absurdity so gross, whether in religion, politics, science or manners, which it will not bear.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained”
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