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OPINION
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Stiff in opinion, always in the wrong.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (I, 545)

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

As the saying is, So many heades, so many wittes.
      - Elizabeth I,
        Godly Meditacyon of the Christian Sowle

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

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 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

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

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

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 (1)

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 (1)

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

It is not often that an opinion is worth expressing, which cannot take care of itself.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Medical Essays
         (211)

All men do not, in fine, admire or love the same thing.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (II, 2, 58)

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 (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

Intolerant only of intolerance.
      - I.S.S.G.,
        in "Fraser's Mag.", Aug., 1863, in an article on Mr. Buckle in the East

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,
        in his first inaugural address

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

Dogmation is puppyism come to its full growth.
      - Douglas William Jerrold, Man Made of Money,
        in the "Wit and Opinions of Jerrold", p. 28


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