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OPINION
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The greatest part of mankind have no other reason for their opinions than that they are in fashion.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

There are opinions which come from the heart, and whoever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings.
      - Joseph Joubert

Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love the truth.
      - Joseph Joubert

We should always keep a corner of our heads open and free, that we may make room for the opinions of our friends. Let us have heart and head hospitality.
      - Joseph Joubert

One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.
      - Robert F. Kennedy, in a speech

He who has no opinion of his own, but depends upon the opinion and taste of others, is a slave.
      - Friedrich O. Klopstock

We think very few people sensible except those who are of our opinion.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We hardly find any persons of good sense save those who agree with us.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (347)

Facts are stubborn things.
      - Alain Rene Le Sage, Gil Blas
         (bk. X, ch. I), (Smollet's translation)

It is a golden rule not to judge men by their opinions but rather by what their opinions make of them.
      - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Public opinion in this country is everything.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Opinion, which on crutches walks,
  And sounds the words another talks.
      - Robert Lloyd

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion.
      - James Russell Lowell

Men are never so good or so bad as their opinions.
      - Sir James Mackintosh

Do not think of knocking out another person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.
      - Horace Mann

Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.
      - Thomas Mann

Correct opinions well established on any subject are the best preservative against the seduction of error.
      - Richard Mant

Everything is mere opinion.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth.
      - John Stuart Mill

Men are tormented by the opinions they have of things, and not the things themselves.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more that two hairs, or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
        Essays--Of the Resemblance of Children to their Fathers

Even opinion is of force enough to make itself to be espoused at the expense of life.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
        Of Good and Evil (ch. XL)

One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Opinion is the queen of the world.
  [Lat., Della opinione regina del mondo.]
      - Blaise Pascal,
        quoted as the title of an Italian work


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