quotations about opinion
Ten gods cannot change the opinion of one fool, especially if another fool agrees with him.
ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims
The first opinion that occurs to us when we are suddenly asked about a matter is usually not our own, but only the customary one, appropriate to our caste, position, or parentage; our own opinions seldom swim near the surface.
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Human, All Too Human
Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making.
JOHN MILTON, Areopagitica
The kind of man who always thinks that he is right, that his opinions, his pronouncements, are the final word, when once exposed shows nothing there. But a wise man has much to learn without a loss of dignity.
There is nothing in the world so easy as giving an opinion; consequently, in general, there are few things so utterly valueless.
CHARLES WILLIAM DAY, The Maxims, Experiences, and Observations of Agogos
Our opinions are not our own.
WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characteristics
I'll tell you what's the greatest power under heaven, and that is public opinion--the ruling belief in society about what is right and what is wrong, what is honourable and what is shameful. That's the steam that is to work the engines.
GEORGE ELIOT, Felix Holt
It is always chilling in friendly intercourse, to say you have no opinion to give. And if you deliver an opinion at all, it is mere stupidity not to do it with an air of conviction and well-founded knowledge. You make it your own in uttering it, and naturally get fond of it.
GEORGE ELIOT, The Mill on the Floss
Few have opinions: fewer still have their own opinions.
IVAN PANIN, Thoughts
The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
MARK TWAIN, Christian Science
No errors of opinion can possibly be dangerous in a country where opinion is left free to grapple with them.
WILLIAM GILMORE SIMMS, Egeria: Or Voices of Thought and Counsel, for the Woods and Wayside
I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789
At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice.
GORE VIDAL, "Sex and the Law", Homage to Daniel Shays
The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes in its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered.
SAMUEL BUTLER, Note Books
The mind revolts against certain opinions, as the stomach rejects certain foods.
WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characteristics
The presumption that any current opinion is not wholly false, gains in strength according to the number of its adherents.
HERBERT SPENCER, First Principles
Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception--do not confuse them with "facts" or "truth". Wars have been fought and millions have been killed because of the inability of men to understand the idea that EVERYBODY has a different viewpoint.
JOHN MOORE, Quotations for Martial Artists
There are as many opinions as there are experts.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, speech, June 12, 1942
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.
MARK TWAIN, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
I've had my say out, and I shall be the' easier for't all my life. There's no pleasure i' living, if you're to be corked up forever, and only dribble your mind out by the sly, like a leaky barrel.
GEORGE ELIOT, Adam Bede