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Quotations: Opinions

He who is master of all opinions can never be the bigot of any.
William R. Alger

Public opinion is a second conscience.
William R. Alger

Public opinion is the atmosphere of society, without which the forces of the individual would collapse, and all the institutions of society fly into atoms.
William R. Alger

The deep slumber of a decided opinion.
Anon

What people will say--in these words there lies the tyranny of the world, the whole destruction of our natural disposition, the oblique vision of our minds. These four words bear sway everywhere.
Berthold Auerbach

Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.
Jane Austen

It is pure illusion to think that an opinion that passes down from century to century, from generation to generation, may not be entirely false.
Pierre Bayle

Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent.
Henry Ward Beecher

And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
Bible

I could never divide myself from any man upon the difference of an opinion, or be angry with his judgment for not agreeing in that from which within a few days I might dissent myself.
Sir Thomas Browne

Men get opinions as boys learn to spell, by reiteration chiefly.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I have opinions of my own -- strong opinions -- but I don't always agree with them.
George Bush

The world is governed much more by opinion than by laws. It is not the judgment of courts, but the moral judgment of individuals and masses of men, which is the chief wall of defence around property and life. With the progress of society, this power of opinion is taking the place of arms.
William Ellery Channing

Were a whole nation to start upon a new career of education, with mature faculties and minds free from prepossession or prejudice, how much would be quickly abandoned that is now most stubbornly cherished!
Paul Chatfield

It is not only arrogant, but it is profligate, for a man to disregard the world's opinion of himself.
Cicero

No liberal man would impute a charge of unsteadiness to another for having changed his opinion.
Cicero

Our quaint metaphysical opinions, in an hour of anguish, are like playthings by the bedside of a child deathly sick.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The masses procure their opinions ready made in open market.
Charles Caleb Colton

Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth.
Charles A. Dana

Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing.
Benjamin Disraeli

Stiff in opinion, always in the wrong.
John Dryden

An opinion may be controverted; a prejudice, never.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
Albert Einstein

He is a strong man who can hold down his opinion. A man cannot utter two or three sentences without disclosing to intelligent ears precisely where he stands in life and thought, namely, whether in the kingdom of the senses and the understanding, or in that of ideas and imagination, in the realm of intuitions and duty.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The free expression of opinion, as our experience has taught us, is the safety-valve of passion. That noise of the rushing steam, when it escapes, alarms the timid; but it is the sign that we are safe.
Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

In the minds of most men, the kingdom of opinion is divided into three territories,--the territory of yes, the territory of no, and a broad, unexplored middle ground of doubt.
James Abram Garfield

The sages of old live again in us, and in opinions there is a metempsychosis.
Joseph Glanvill

A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.
Edmond de Goncourt

The opinions of men who think are always growing and changing, like living children.
Philip Gilbert Hamerton

The mind revolts against certain opinions, as the stomach rejects certain foods.
William Hazlitt

The public is so in awe of its own opinion that it never dares to form any, but catches up the first idle rumour, lest it should be behindhand in its judgment, and echoes it till it is deafened with the sound of its own voice.
William Hazlitt

Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions.
Cullen Hightower

It is not often that an opinion is worth expressing, which cannot take care of itself.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

A man's opinions, look you, are generally of much more value than his arguments.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

All power, even the most despotic, rests ultimately on opinion.
David Hume

It is on opinion only that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the most free and most popular.
David Hume

Happy opinions are the wine of the heart.
Leigh Hunt

Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
Thomas Jefferson

Monuments of the safety with which errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
Thomas Jefferson

Opinion is power.
Thomas Jefferson

We may add to the great honor of science and the arts, that their natural effect is, by illuminating public opinion, to erect it into a censor before which the most exalted tremble for their future as well as present fame.
Thomas Jefferson

You get fifteen democrats in a room, and you get twenty opinions.
Senator Patrick Leahy

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Any clod can have the facts, but having opinions is an art.
Charles McCabe

I'm not sure I want popular opinion on my side -- I've noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.
Bethania McKenstry

It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!
Friedrich Nietzsche

You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.
Plato

It is not advisable, James, to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener.
Ayn Rand

I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.
Bertrand Russell

Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
Edith Sitwell

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts.
Mark Twain

Sane and intelligent human beings are like all other human beings, and carefully and cautiously and diligently conceal their private real opinions from the world and give out fictitious ones in their stead for general consumption.
Mark Twain

As our inclinations, so our opinions.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Oscar Wilde

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