- Why should you mind being wrong if someone can show you that you are? 1910–89 English philosopher: attributed
- I've never had a humble opinion. If you've got an opinion, why be humble about it?
Observer 29 February 2004 1941– American singer and songwriter: in
- He that complies against his will,
Is of his own opinion still.
Hudibras pt. 3 (1680) canto 3, l. 547 1612–80 English poet:
- The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes in its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered.
Notebooks (1912) ch. 17 1835–1902 English novelist:
- You might very well think that. I couldn't possibly comment.
the Chief Whip's habitual response to questioning
House of Cards (televised 1990) 1948– British novelist and broadcaster:
- People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
The Conduct of Life (1860) ‘Worship’ 1803–82 American philosopher and poet:
- It is neither death, nor exile, nor toil, nor any such thing that is the cause of our doing, or of our not doing, anything, but only our opinions and the decisions of our will.
often quoted as ‘Not things, but opinions about things, trouble men’
c.ad 50–120 Phrygian Stoic philosopher: The Discourses bk. 1, ch. 11
- Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.
Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) 1780 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer: James Boswell
- There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays,
1865–1936 English writer and poet: ‘In the Neolithic Age’ (1893)
- Thank God, in these days of enlightenment and establishment, everyone has a right to his own opinions, and chiefly to the opinion that nobody else has a right to theirs.
Reunion All Round (1914) 1888–1957 English writer and Roman Catholic priest:
- If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
On Liberty (1859) ch. 2 1806–73 English philosopher and economist:
- Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making.
Areopagitica (1644) 1608–74 English poet:
- Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.
Newsweek 25 August 1986 1927–2003 American Democratic politician: in
- Some praise at morning what they blame at night;
But always think the last opinion right.
An Essay on Criticism (1711) l. 430 1688–1744 English poet:
- The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holder's lack of rational conviction.
Sceptical Essays (1928) 1872–1970 British philosopher and mathematician:
- A man can brave opinion, a woman must submit to it.
Delphine (1802) 1766–1817 French writer:
- It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse-races.
Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894) ch. 19 1835–1910 American writer:
- An intellectual hatred is the worst,
So let her think opinions are accursed.
1865–1939 Irish poet: ‘A Prayer for My Daughter’ (1920)