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Opinions
Men get opinions as boys learn to spell by reiteration chiefly.

- Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
To be turned from one's course by men's opinions, by blame, and by misrepresentation shows a man unfit to hold an office.

- Quintus Fabius Maximus
Opinions have vested interests just as men have.

- Butler, Samuel
Any clod can have the facts, but having opinions is an Art.

- Charles McCabe
We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Hardly a man in the world has an opinion upon morals, politics or religion which he got otherwise than through his associations and sympathies. Broadly speaking, there are none but corn-pone opinions. And broadly speaking, Corn-Pone stands for Self-Approval. Self-approval is acquired mainly from the approval of other people. The result is Conformity.

- Twain, Mark
I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them.

- Lehman, Herbert Henry
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.

- Virginia Woolf
Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.

- Thomas Mann
CONTROVERSY, n. A battle in which spittle or ink replaces the injurious cannon-ball and the inconsiderate bayonet. In controversy with the facile tongue -- That bloodless warfare of the old and young -- So seek your adversary to engage That on himself he shall exhaust his rage, And, like a snake that's fastened to the ground, With his own fangs inflict the fatal wound. You ask me how this miracle is done? Adopt his own opinions, one by one, And taunt him to refute them; in his wrath He'll sweep them pitilessly from his path. Advance then gently all you wish to prove, Each proposition prefaced with, "As you've So well remarked," or, "As you wisely say, And I cannot dispute," or, "By the way, This view of it which, better far expressed, Runs through your argument." Then leave the rest To him, secure that he'll perform his trust And prove your views intelligent and just. Conmore Apel Brune

- Ambrose Bierce
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
Men who borrow their opinions can never repay their debts.

- Halifax, Edward F.
Just as it would be madness to settle on medical treatment for the body of a person by taking an opinion poll of the neighbors, so it is irrational to prescribe for the body politic by polling the opinions of the people at large.

- Plato
It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions makes it impossible to earn a living.

- Russell, Bertrand
A friend once won need never be lost, if we will be only trusty and true ourselves. Friends may part, not merely in body, but in spirit, for a while. In the bustle of business and the accidents of life, they may lose sight of each other for years; and more, they may begin to differ in their success in life, in their opinions, in their habits, and there may be, for a time, coldness and estrangement between them, but not for ever if each will be trusty and true. For then they will be like two ships who set sail at morning from the same port, and ere night-fall lose sight of each other, and go each on its own course and at its own pace for many days, through many storms and seas, and yet meet again, and find themselves lying side by side in the same haven when their long voyage is past.

- Water of Life Sermons.
Nothing is more unjust or capricious than public opinion.

- Hazlitt, William
The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.

- Russell, Bertrand
A sweeping statement is the only statement worth listening to. The critic without faith gives balanced opinions, usually about second-rate writers.

- Kavanagh, Patrick
When the Lord finished the world, He pronounced it good. That is what I said about my first work, too. But Time, I tell you, Time takes the confidence out of these incautious early opinions.

- Mark Twain
A great deal of laziness of mind is called liberty of opinion.




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