Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong.
— Oscar Wilde

The strongest poison ever known came from Caesar's laurel crown.
William Blake laurel quote

The nation's government has just handed me the bill that grants us our civil rights. I am receiving it before you, certain that I am accepting this on behalf of all Argentinean women, and I can feel my hands tremble with joy as they grasp the laurel proclaiming victory.
— Evita Peron

You told me, I remember, glory, builtOn selfish principles, is shame and guilt; The deeds that men admire as half divine, Stark naught, because corrupt in their design. Strange doctrine this! that without scruple tearsThe laurel that the very lightning spares; Brings down the warrior
— William Cowper

Behold then Septimus Dodge returning to Dodge-town victorious. Not crowned with laurel, it is true, but wreathed in lists of things he has seen and sucked dry. Seen and sucked dry, you know: Venus de Milo, the Rhine or the Coliseum: swallowed like so many clams, and left the shells.
— laurel quotation by D. H. Lawrence