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The men of the past had convictions, while we modems have only opinions.

The opinions of men who think are always growing and changing, like living children.

The pressure of public opinion is like the pressure of the atmosphere; you can't see it - but all the same, it is sixteen pounds to the square inch.

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.

The same enthusiasm that dignifies a butterfly or a medal to the virtuoso and the antiquary, may convert controversy into quixotism, and present to the deluded imagination of the theologica' knighterrant, a barber's basin as Mambrinos helmet. The real value of any doctrine can only be determined by its influence on the conduct of man, with respect to himself, to his fellow creatures, or to God.

The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.

The world is governed much more by opinion than by laws. It is not the judgment of courts, but the moral judgment of individuals and masses of men: which is the chief wall of defence around property and life. With the progress of society, this power of opinion is taking the place of arms.

The world is not run by thought, nor by imagination, but by opinion.

There are a great many opinions in this world, and a good half of them are professed by people who have never been in trouble.

There is something among men more capable of shaking despotic power than lightning, whirlwind, or earthquake; that is the threatened indignation of the whole civilized world.

There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains. The most universal quality is diversity.

Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth.

Three Spaniards, four opinions.

To be positive: to be mistaken at the top of one's voice.

To form a correct judgment concerning the tendency of any doctrine we should look rather at the forms it bears in the disciples, than in the teacher, for he only made it; they are made by it.

To maintain an opinion because it is thine, and not because it is true, is to prefer thyself above the truth.

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for.

We are tod much inclined to under-rate the power of moral influence, the influence of public opmion, and the influence of the principles to which great men - the lights of the world and of the present age - have given their sanction.

We never are satisfied with our opimions, whatever we may pretend, till they are ratified and confirmed by the suffrages of the rest of mankind. We dispute and wrangle forever; we endeavor to get men to come to us, when we do not go to them.


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