Opinions Quotes

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The most difficult secret for a man to keep is his own opinion of himself. - Marcel Pagnol quote.
The most difficult secret for a man to keep is his own opinion of himself.
Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all. - G. C. Lichtenberg quote.
Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.
Opinion is holding something to be provisionally true which you do not know to be false. - Bernard of Clairvaux quote.
Opinion is holding something to be provisionally true which you do not know to be false.
There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued. - Thomas Huxley quote.
There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.
The foolish and the dead never change their opinions. - James Russell Lowell quote.
The foolish and the dead never change their opinions.

flexible thinking

People don't seem to realize that their opinions of the world are also a confession of character. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
People don't seem to realize that their opinions of the world are also a confession of character.

character

The average man's opinions are much less foolish than they would be if he thought for himself. - Bertrand Russell quote.
The average man's opinions are much less foolish than they would be if he thought for himself.

cynical

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

flexible thinking

It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races. - Mark Twain quote.
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.

funny

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

freedom

He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style. - Leo Tolstoy quote.
He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
We are all more or less slaves of our opinions. - William Hazlitt quote.
We are all more or less slaves of our opinions.
Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth. - Joseph Joubert quote.
Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth.
Don't keep searching for the truth, just let go of your opinions. - Gautama Buddha quote.
Don't keep searching for the truth, just let go of your opinions.

letting go

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. - Charlie Munger quote.
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

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

experts

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. - William Blake quote.
The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.

open-mindedness

Opinions should be formed with great caution—and changed with greater. - Josh Billings quote.
Opinions should be formed with great caution—and changed with greater.

critical thinking

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. - Oscar Wilde quote.
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.

experts

Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts. - Bernard Baruch quote.
Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.

facts

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

knowledge

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. - John F. Kennedy quote.
Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

critical thinking

The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion. - Arnold H. Glasow quote.
The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.

facts

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

experts

A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought. - Warren Buffett quote.
A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.

public opinion critical thinking

Every conviction was a whim at birth. - Heywood Campbell Broun quote.
Every conviction was a whim at birth.

beliefs

Refusing to have an opinion is a way of having one, isn't it? - Luigi Pirandello quote.
Refusing to have an opinion is a way of having one, isn't it?
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.

beliefs

Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one. - Thomas Carlyle quote.
Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
Express an opinion, but send advice by freight.

wordplay advice

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.

freedom politics objectivity morals

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain quote.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

witty public opinion

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. - George S. Patton quote.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.

disagreement

Let us always remember that he does not really believe his own opinion, who dares not give free scope to his opponent. - Wendell Phillips quote.
Let us always remember that he does not really believe his own opinion, who dares not give free scope to his opponent.
It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion.

government

I am always of the opinion with the learned, if they speak first. - William Congreve quote.
I am always of the opinion with the learned, if they speak first.
People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people. - Charles F. Kettering quote.
People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people.
I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally. - W. C. Fields quote.
I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.
Prejudice is opinion without judgement. - Voltaire quote.
Prejudice is opinion without judgement.
Nothing is more unjust or capricious than public opinion. - William Hazlitt quote.
Nothing is more unjust or capricious than public opinion.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion. - Thomas Hobbes quote.
They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion.
I hate to stand here and try your patience like this, but either I'm dead right or I'm crazy! - Thomas Jefferson quote.
I hate to stand here and try your patience like this, but either I'm dead right or I'm crazy!
One man's meat is another man's poison.

taste

In all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane. - Mark Twain quote.
In all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.

enemies

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

changing people foolishness

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

attitude character

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds only reptiles of the mind.
Men get opinions as boys learn to spell,
By reiteration chiefly. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning quote.
Men get opinions as boys learn to spell,
By reiteration chiefly.
Opinions have vested interests, just as men have. - Samuel Butler quote.
Opinions have vested interests, just as men have.
Opinions are made to be changed—or how is truth to be got at? - Lord Byron quote.
Opinions are made to be changed—or how is truth to be got at?
Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice. - Michael Crichton quote.
Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.
Opinion! If every one had so little tact as to give their true opinion when it was asked this would be a miserable world. - Edna Ferber quote.
Opinion! If every one had so little tact as to give their true opinion when it was asked this would be a miserable world.
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tact

An opinion should be treated like a guest who is likely to stay too late and drink all the whiskey.
We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinion. - William Hazlitt quote.
We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinion.
Opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making. - John Milton quote.
Opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making.
Reasoning will never make a man correct an ill opinion, which by reasoning he never acquired. - Jonathan Swift quote.
Reasoning will never make a man correct an ill opinion, which by reasoning he never acquired.
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. - Bertrand Russell quote.
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

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. - Scott Adams quote.
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.
Scott Adams Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter

rational thinking persuasion

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. - Scott Adams quote.
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.
Scott Adams Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter

psychology

When you identify as part of a group, your opinions tend to be biased toward the group consensus. - Scott Adams quote.
When you identify as part of a group, your opinions tend to be biased toward the group consensus.
Scott Adams Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter

human nature

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. - Logan Pearsall Smith quote.
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.
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.

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