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I've had strong opinions probably since I was born. It makes you unpopular, but what can you do?
James D. Watson
There are popular celebrities, there are unpopular celebrities and then there are the walking dead. You know the walking dead when you see them: they look like Mel Gibson, still striving for drunken charm in an L.A. County mug shot, after getting picked up on a DWI charge that included anti-semitic slurs directed at the police.
It's true that the Federal Reserve faces a lot of political pressure and is unpopular in many circles.
The courage in journalism is sticking up for the unpopular, not the popular.
I just did what I did and I still am. It makes you unpopular, maybe for a lifetime, but I'd rather do that than be popular and doubt what I am.
Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!
I was incredibly unpopular in high school but also extremely notorious.
At times unpopular measures are needed in order to change behaviour.
So easy to fall into a rut, isn't it? Why should ruts be so comfortable and so unpopular?
The Korean war has always been an unpopular war among the American people.
I had the lunchbox that cleared the cafeteria. I was very unpopular in the early grades. Because I hung out with my grandfather, I started to bring my lunchbox with sardine sandwiches and calamari that I would eat off my fingers like rings. I was also always reeking of garlic.
To go from being an unpopular, chubby little kid who was chasing girls and couldn't seem to catch them, to being chased after and making sure I ran slow enough that I did get caught, it was 180 degree turn. It was being given the keys to the candy store.
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.
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
When I arrived in France aged 20, I marched against the death penalty, which was an unpopular thing to protest against at the time.
My esoteric doctrine, is that if you entertain any doubt, it is safest to take the unpopular side in the first instance. Transit from the unpopular, is easy... but from the popular to the unpopular is so steep and rugged that it is impossible to maintain it.
Look, none of the artists who I admire or respect have ever shied away from a role because it might make them unpopular with somebody.
The really important victory of the civil rights movement was that it made racism unpopular, whereas a generation ago at the turn of the last century, you had to embrace racism to get elected to anything.
Carol Moseley Braun
Well, here's what I think. I mean, the people are saying, 'We don't want it,' and the Democrats are saying, 'We don't care. We're going to pass it anyway.' And so for the next three months, Washington will be consumed with the Democrats trying to jam this through in a very messy procedure an unpopular health care bill.
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.
Since the end of the Cold War, hegemonism has become increasingly unpopular.
In all the world, rich people are very unpopular.
Presidents with strong nerves are decisive. They don't balk at unpopular decisions. They are willing to make people angry. Bush had strong nerves. Clinton, who passed up a chance to eliminate Osama bin Laden, did not. Obama is a people pleaser, a trait not normally associated with nerves of steel.
As you may recall, Truman was extremely unpopular when he finally left Washington in 1953, thanks largely to the Korean War. Today, however, he is thought to have been a solidly good president, a 'Near Great' even, in the terminology of those surveys of historians they do every now and then.
In this era in which we live, the old-fashioned virtues grow increasingly unpopular.
B. Carroll Reece
When Reagan left office, he was the most unpopular living president, apart from Nixon, even below Carter. If you look at his years in office, he was not particularly popular. He was more or less average. He severely harmed the American economy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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