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Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent.

Provided we look to and satisfy our consciences, no matter for opinion; let me deserve well though I hear ill.

Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.

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.

Public opinion is, with multitudes, a second conscience; with some, the only one.

Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice.

Public opinion: a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for any one of us who is not content to be the average man.

So many men, so many opinions.

Social opinion is like a sharp knife. There are foolish people who regard it only with terror, and dare not touch or meddle with it; there are more foolish people, who, in rashness or defiance, seize it by the blade, and get cut and mangled for their pains; and there are wise people, who grasp it discreetly and boldly by the handle, and use it to carve out their own purposes.

Statutes are mere milestones, telling how far yesterday's thought had travelled; and the talk of the sidewalk today is the law of the land. - With us, law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion.

Stiff in opinion, always in the wrong.

That the voice of the common people is the voice of God, is as full of falsehood as of commonness.

The eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us. If all but myself were blind, I should want neither fine clothes, fine houses, nor fine furniture.

The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, the skillful direct it.

The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, the skillful direct it.

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.

The free expression of opinion, as experience has taught us, is the safety-valve of passion. The noise of the rushing steam, when it escapes, alarms the timid; but it is the sign that we are safe. The concession of reasonable privilege anticipates the growth of furious appetite.

The greater part of men have no opinion, still fewer an opinion of their own, well reflected and founded upon reason.

The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors.

The masses procure their opinions ready made in open market.


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