the voice of the people is the voice of God

Cf. a 804 ALCUIN Letter clxiv. in Works (1863) 1.438 solent dicere: vox populi, vox Dei, they often say: the voice of the people is the voice of God.

c 1412 T. HOCCLEVE Regimen of Princes (EETS) 104 Peples vois is goddes voys, men seyne.

1450 in T. Wright Political Poems (1861) II. 227 The voice of the people is the voice of God.

1646 BROWNE Pseudodoxia Epidemica I. iii. Though sometimes they are flattered with that Aphorisme, [they] will hardly beleeve the voyce of the people to bee the voyce of God.

1822 C. C. COLTON Lacon II. 266 The voice of the People is the voice of God; this axiom has manifold exceptions.

1914 G. B. SHAW Misalliance p. lxxii. An experienced demagogue comes along and says, ‘Sir: you are the dictator: the voice of the people is the voice of God.’

1989 Washington Post 24 Mar. C2 I imagine they are fine citizens. After all, we elected them and the voice of the people is the voice of God, remember that.

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