Opinions Quotes

Most popular opinions quotes

In all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.


When you identify as part of a group, your opinions tend to be biased toward the group consensus.

human nature

If you don't understand confirmation bias, you might think new information can change people's opinions. As a trained persuader, I know that isn't the case, at least when emotions are involved. People don't change opinions about emotional topics just because some information proved their opinion to be nonsense. Humans aren't wired that way.

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It's bad to have an opinion you're proud of if you can't state the arguments for the other side better than your opponents. This is a great mental discipline.

critical thinking

Every conviction was a whim at birth.


Prejudice is opinion without judgement.
One man's meat is another man's poison.


Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.


We are all more or less slaves of our opinions.
Express an opinion, but send advice by freight.

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Opinions have vested interests, just as men have.
A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.

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Opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making.
I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.
The foolish and the dead never change their opinions.

flexible thinking

We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinion.
Nothing is more unjust or capricious than public opinion.
The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.

changing people foolishness

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.


Refusing to have an opinion is a way of having one, isn't it?
Opinions are made to be changed—or how is truth to be got at?
Men get opinions as boys learn to spell,
By reiteration chiefly.
I am always of the opinion with the learned, if they speak first.
Don't keep searching for the truth, just let go of your opinions.

letting go

Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
Opinions should be formed with great caution—and changed with greater.

critical thinking

The only thing worse than an expert is someone who thinks he's an expert.


The most difficult secret for a man to keep is his own opinion of himself.
He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

critical thinking

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.
Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth.
Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.
It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion.


Opinion is holding something to be provisionally true which you do not know to be false.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

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A man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.

flexible thinking

Reasoning will never make a man correct an ill opinion, which by reasoning he never acquired.
The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.


I hate to stand here and try your patience like this, but either I'm dead right or I'm crazy!
The average man's opinions are much less foolish than they would be if he thought for himself.


It is easy enough to hold an opinion, but hard work to actually know what one is talking about.
— The Public Years


People don't seem to realize that their opinions of the world are also a confession of character.


The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds only reptiles of the mind.
Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.


An opinion should be treated like a guest who is likely to stay too late and drink all the whiskey.
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.


People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people.
There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.
Let us always remember that he does not really believe his own opinion, who dares not give free scope to his opponent.
Opinion! If every one had so little tact as to give their true opinion when it was asked this would be a miserable world.


It's an odd thing about this universe that, though we all disagree with each other, we are all of us always in the right.
You can't always go by expert opinion. A turkey, if you ask a turkey, should be stuffed with grasshoppers, grit and worms.
— Changing Times


They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion.
Everyone has the right to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers.
— Universal Declaration of Human Rights


It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiased opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.


There's a difference between opinion and conviction. My opinion is something that is true for me personally; my conviction is something that is true for everybody—in my opinion.


Where opinions, morals and politics are concerned, there is no such thing as objectivity. The best we can hope for is that freedom will enable subjective points of view to meet and complement each other.

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Practical life teaches us that people may differ and that both may be wrong: it also teaches us that people may differ and both be right. Anchor yourself fast in the latter faith, or the former will sweep your heart away.

what others think

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.  Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.

religion and politics

The worst thing your brain could do is reinterpret your reality into a whole new movie with each new bit of information. That would be exhausting and without benefit. Instead, your brain takes the path of least resistance and instantly interprets your observations to fit your existing worldview. It's just easier.