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OPINION
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Opinion is, as it were, the queen of the world, but force is its tyrant.
      - Blaise Pascal

Orthodoxy on one side of the Pyrenees may be heresy on the other.
      - Blaise Pascal

Who confers reputation? who gives respect and veneration to persons, to books, to great men? Who but Opinion? How utterly insufficient are all the riches of the world without her approbation!
      - Blaise Pascal

He adopts the opinion of others like a monk in the Sorbonne.
  [Fr., Il opine du bonnet comme un moine en Sorbonne.]
      - Blaise Pascal, Lettres Provinciales (II)

Force and not opinion is the queen of the world; but it is opinion that uses the force.
  [Fr., La force est la reine du monde, et non pas l'opinion; mais l'opinion est celle qui use de la force.]
      - Blaise Pascal, Pensees (art XXIV, 92)

Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator.
      - Wendell Phillips

With us law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion.
      - Wendell Phillips

Opinion is a medium between knowledge and ignorance.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

He (Cato) never gave his opinion in the Senate upon any other point whatever, without adding these words, "And, in my opinion Carthage should be destroyed." ["Delenda est Carthago."]
      - Plutarch, Life of Cato the Censor

Some praise at morning what they blame at night,
  But always think the last opinion right.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (pt. II, l. 230)

Opinion is a bold bastard.
      - Francis Quarles

A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.
      - Will Rogers

Broad-minded is just another way of saying a fellow's too lazy to form an opinion.
      - Will Rogers

The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, the skillful direct it.
      - Madame Jeanne Marie Phlipon de La Platiere Roland

A government can be no better than the public opinion which sustains it.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

There are as many opinions as there are experts.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

There is no process of amalgamation by which opinions, wrong individually, can become right merely by their multitude.
      - John Ruskin

I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people.
      - William Shakespeare

If I for my opinion bleed, opinion shall be surgeon to my hurt, and keep me on the side where still I am.
      - William Shakespeare

Opinion crowns with an imperial voice.
      - William Shakespeare

Opinion, a sovereign mistress of effects.
      - William Shakespeare

Weed your better judgments of all opinion that grows rank in them.
      - William Shakespeare

We will proceed no further in this business.
  He hath honored me of late, and I have brought
    Golden opinions from all sorts of people,
      Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
        Not cast aside so soon.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at I, vii)

Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan
  The outward habit by the inward man.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Simonides, King of Pentapolis at II, ii)

Opinions should be formed with great caution, and changed with greater.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)


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