Sunday, 14 April 2013

Opinions

All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others. - Douglas Adams

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

At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice. - Gore Vidal

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. - Russell Bertrand

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

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. - Steve Jobs

Dont let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks youre crazy. Succeed, and he thinks youre lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks youre greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesnt understand. - Robert G. Allen

Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth. - Charles A. Dana

For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise. - Benjamin Franklin

For you to insult me, I must first value your opinion. - Unknown

If a man should register all his opinions upon love, politics, religion, learning, etc., beginning from his youth, and so go on to old age, what a bundle of inconsistencies and contradictions would appear at last. - Jonathan Swift

If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is better by assenting to truth to conquer opinion, than by assenting to opinion to be conquered by truth. - Epictetus 

It is more true to say that our opinions depend upon our lives and habits, than to say that our lives and habits depend on our opinions. - Unknown

It is much easier to modify an opinion if one has not already persuasively declared it. - David H. Souter

It is not advisable ... to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener. - Ayn Rand

It is often very illuminating ... to ask yourself how you got at the facts on which you base your opinion. Who actually saw, heard, felt, counted, named the thing, about which you have an opinion? - Walter Lippmann

It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first. - Jane Austen

Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself. - C. JoyBell C

Men are disturbed, not by things that happen, but by their opinion of things that happen. - Epictetus

Most often people seek in life occasions for persisting in their opinions rather than for educating themselves. - Andre Gide

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common. - John Locke

No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion. - Unknown

Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever. - Georg Christopher Lichtenberg

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all. - Georg Christoph Lichenberg

Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect. - Herbert Spencer

Opinions are made to be changed – or how is truth to be got at? - Lord Bryon

Opinions scattered indiscriminately about leave the mark of egotism. - William Strunk

Opinions, like weapons, are often made for defense as well as offense. - Edward Counsel

Opponents fancy they refute us when they repeat their own opinion and pay no attention to ours. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government. - Abraham Lincoln

Our opinions partake, more or less, of the prejudices of our class, party, or sect. We are all largely pledged, through interest, affection, or passion, to particular classes of opinion, and the strength of efforts to get released from these pledges, is the measure of our advancement. - Christian Nestell Bovee

People are usually more firmly convinced that their opinions are precious than that they are true. - George Santayana  

Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent. - Henry Ward Beecher

Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate. - Henry David Thoreau

Public opinion is the pennant on a nation's mast which shows the politician and the editor how to trim the sails. - Austin O’Malley

The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it. - Walter Bagehot

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible. - Bertrand Russell

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

The opinion we have of ourselves is often a reflection of the opinion we think others have of us. - Unknown

The trick is to hold opinions without letting opinions hold you. - Unknown

The world is governed by opinion. - William Ellery Channing

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

Theres only one opinion that counts. Its your opinion. It may be wrong, but its yours and thats the one that counts - Filipe Alou

Those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts. - Unknown

True opinions can prevail only if the facts to which they refer are known; if they are not known, false ideas are just as effective as true ones, if not a little more effective. - Walter Lippmann

We are all of us more or less the slaves of opinion. - William Hazlitt

We are so vain that we even care for the opinions of those we dont care for. - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

We cling to our own point of view, as thought everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away. - Chuang Tzu

Your opinions are worthless and count for absolutely nothing! - Unknown

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