Opinions quotes
ABRIDGE, v.t. To shorten. When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for people to abridge their king, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. --Oliver Cromwell

- Ambrose Bierce
The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most part, they are manifestations of his debate with himself as to what he should do next and what he should avoid.

- Auden, W. H.
To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

- Jefferson, Thomas
Each man calls barbarism what is not his own practice for indeed it seems we have no other test of truth and reason that the example and pattern of the opinions and customs of the country we live in.

- Michel de Montaigne
Altered opinions do not alter a man's character (or do so very little); but they do illuminate individual aspects of the constellation of his personality which with a different constellation of opinions had hitherto remained dark and unrecognizable.

- Nietzsche, Friedrich
The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.

- Blake, William
Our quaint metaphysical opinions, in an hour of anguish, are like playthings by the bedside of a child deathly sick.

- Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.

- Woolf, Virginia
Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent.

- Beecher, Henry Ward
Opinions mean nothing; they may be beautiful or ugly, clever or foolish, anyone can embrace or reject them.

- Hermann Hesse
Ah, I fancy it is just the same with most of what you call your emancipation. You have read yourself into a number of new ideas and opinions. You have got a sort of smattering of recent discoveries in various fields -- discoveries that seem to overthrow certain principles which have hitherto been held impregnable and unassailable. But all this has only been a matter of intellect, Miss West -- superficial acquisition. It has not passed into your blood.

- Ibsen, Henrik
. . . As to self-improvement, the true Catholic mode of learning is to "prove all things," as far as we can, without sin or the danger of it, to "hold fast that which is good." Let us never be afraid of trying anything new, learnt from people of different opinions to our own. And let us never be afraid of changing our opinions. The unwillingness to go back from once declared opinion is a form of pride which haunts some powerful minds: but it is not found in great childlike geniuses. Fools may hold fast to their scanty stock through life, and we must be very cautious in drawing them from it--for where can they supply its place?

- Letters and Memories. 1843.
Opinions are to the vast apparatus of social existence what oil is to machines: one does not go up to a turbine and pour machine oil over it; one applies a little to hidden spindles and joints that one has to know.

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

- Russell, Bertrand
Opinions that are well rooted should grow and change like a healthy tree.

- Batcheller, Irving
I used to look down on the world for being corrupt, but now I adore it for the utter magnificence of that corruption.

- Needham, Richard J.
In forming a judgment, lay your hearts void of foretaken opinions; else, whatsoever is done or said, will be measured by a wrong rule; like them who have jaundice, to whom everything appears yellow.

- Sir Philip Sidney
Stay at home in your mind. Don't recite other people's opinions. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo
What you think of me is none of my business.

- Cole-Whittaker, Terry
A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.

- Rogers, Will

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