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date: 19 May 2019


see also Argument
  1. Why should you mind being wrong if someone can show you that you are?
    A. J. Ayer 1910–89 English philosopher: attributed
  2. I've never had a humble opinion. If you've got an opinion, why be humble about it?
    Joan Baez 1941–  American singer and songwriter: in Observer 29 February 2004
  3. He that complies against his will,
    Is of his own opinion still.
    Samuel Butler 1612–80 English poet: Hudibras pt. 3 (1680) canto 3, l. 547
  4. 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.
    Samuel Butler 1835–1902 English novelist: Notebooks (1912) ch. 17
  5. You might very well think that. I couldn't possibly comment.
    the Chief Whip's habitual response to questioning
    Michael Dobbs 1948–  British novelist and broadcaster: House of Cards (televised 1990)
  6. People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803–82 American philosopher and poet: The Conduct of Life (1860) ‘Worship’
  7. 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’
    Epictetus 50–120 Phrygian Stoic philosopher: The Discourses bk. 1, ch. 11
  8. 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.
    Samuel Johnson 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer: James Boswell Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) 1780
  9. There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays,
    Rudyard Kipling 1865–1936 English writer and poet: ‘In the Neolithic Age’ (1893)
  10. 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.
    Ronald Knox 1888–1957 English writer and Roman Catholic priest: Reunion All Round (1914)
  11. 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.
    John Stuart Mill 1806–73 English philosopher and economist: On Liberty (1859) ch. 2
  12. 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.
    John Milton 1608–74 English poet: Areopagitica (1644)
  13. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.
    Daniel P. Moynihan 1927–2003 American Democratic politician: in Newsweek 25 August 1986
  14. Some praise at morning what they blame at night;
    But always think the last opinion right.
    Alexander Pope 1688–1744 English poet: An Essay on Criticism (1711) l. 430
  15. 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.
    Bertrand Russell 1872–1970 British philosopher and mathematician: Sceptical Essays (1928)
  16. A man can brave opinion, a woman must submit to it.
    Mme de Staël 1766–1817 French writer: Delphine (1802)
  17. It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse-races.
    Mark Twain 1835–1910 American writer: Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894) ch. 19
  18. An intellectual hatred is the worst,
    So let her think opinions are accursed.
    W. B. Yeats 1865–1939 Irish poet: ‘A Prayer for My Daughter’ (1920)