An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Consensus is what many people say in chorus but do not believe as individuals.


Abba Eban (1915-2002, Israeli politician)


Talk about the flag or drugs or crime (never about race or class or justice) and follow the yellow brick road to the wonderful land of "consensus." In place of honest argument among consenting adults the politicians substitute a lullaby for frightened children: the pretense that conflict doesn't really exist, that we have achieved the blessed state in which we no longer need politics.


Lewis H. Lapham (1935-, American essayist, editor)


A consensus politician is someone who does something that he doesn't believe is right because it keeps people quiet when he does it.


John Major (1943-, British Prime Minister)


It is not much matter which we say, but mind, we must all say the same.


Lord Melbourne (1779-1848, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


Uniform ideas originating among entire peoples unknown to each other must have a common ground of truth.


Giambattista Vico (1688-1744, Italian philosopher, historian)


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