Vox Populi

2013 December 11, 2013 20131211-D04_6684 Vox PopuliAnother early reference to the expression is in a letter from Alcuin to Charlemagne  in 798, although it is believed to have been in earlier use. The full quotation reads:

Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.
And those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.