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





It's not that I don't have opinions, rather that I'm paid not to think aloud.


Yitzhak Navon (1921-, Israeli politician, president)


What we really are matters more than what other people think of us.


Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964, Indian nationalist, statesman)


We would not let ourselves be burned to death for our opinions: we are not sure enough of them for that. But perhaps for the right to have our opinions and to change them.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Different men have different opinions -- some prefer apples, some onions.


Indonesian Proverb


The world is ruled by force, not by opinion; but opinion uses force.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Only fools and dead men don't change their minds. Fools won't. Dead men can't.


John H. Patterson (American businessman, founder of National Cash Register)


Law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion.


Wendell Phillips (1811-1884, American reformer, orator)


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


Jeane Platiere


Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


An obstinate person does not hold opinions; they hold them.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


It is easy for someone to talk about fasting when he has a full belly.


Croatian Proverb


The amount of people equals the amount of opinions.


Hungarian Proverb (Sayings of Hungarian origin)


First learn, and then form opinions.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


Every person is a fool in some person's opinion.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


People will in a great degree, and not without reason, form their opinion of you by that they have of your friends, as, says the


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Three Spaniards, four opinions.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Our opinions become fixed at the point where we stop thinking.


Ernest Renan (1823-1892, French writer, critic, scholar)


In a society where the rights and potential of women are constrained, no man can be truly free. He may have power, but he will not have freedom.


Mary F. Robinson


A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


Broad-minded is just another way of saying a fellow is too lazy to form an opinion.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


It takes a very deep-rooted opinion to survive unexpressed.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


It takes a very deep-rooted opinion to survive unexpressed.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


Public opinion is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions makes it impossible to earn a living.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


When one clings to the myth of superiority, one must constantly overlook the virtues and abilities of others.


Anne W. Schaef


To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


It is much easier to modify an opinion if one has not already persuasively declared it.


David H. Souter


Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.


Herbert Spencer (1820-1903, British philosopher)


I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.


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


To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years and to take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


Things are not to be judged good or bad merely because the public think so.


Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117, Roman historian)


Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


I agree with no one's opinion. I have some of my own.


Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883, Russian author)


Hardly a man in the world has an opinion upon morals, politics or religion which he got otherwise than through his associations and sympathies. Broadly speaking, there are none but corn-pone opinions. And broadly speaking, Corn-Pone stands for Self-Approval. Self-approval is acquired mainly from the approval of other people. The result is Conformity.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A fellow can't keep people from having a bad opinion of him, but he can keep them from being right about it.


Author Unknown


A great deal of laziness of mind is called liberty of opinion.


Author Unknown


A man is getting along on the road to wisdom when he begins to realize that his opinion is just an opinion.


Author Unknown


Don't be swayed just because they say it's public opinion. Remember, public opinion is simple what everybody else thinks.


Author Unknown


Don't worry over what other people are thinking about you. They're too busy worrying over what you are thinking about them.


Author Unknown


If God thought about you as much as you think about Him, where would you be?


Author Unknown


In every fat book there is a thin book trying to get out.


Author Unknown


In my opinion a mathematician need not preoccupy himself with philosophy -- An opinion, moreover, which has been expressed by many philosophers.


Author Unknown


Opinions are the cheapest commodities in the world.


Author Unknown


The average man's opinions are generally of more value to himself than to anyone else.


Author Unknown


The deadliest contagion is majority opinion.


Author Unknown


There may be a hundred things you know about a person -- all of them bad. But there may be just one thing you don't know, which if you did know, would completely change your opinion.


Author Unknown


You're entitled to your own opinions. Your are not entitled to your own facts.


Author Unknown


The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.


Queen Victoria (1819-1901, British queen)


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


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


A mass of men equals a mass of opinions.


Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American lawyer, statesman)


The more opinions you have, the less you see.


Wim Wenders (1945-, German filmmaker)


The only man who can't change his mind is a man who hasn't got one.


Edward Noyes Westcott (1847-1898, American author)


No work of art ever puts forward views. Views belong to people who are not artists.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Public Opinion... an attempt to organize the ignorance of the community, and to elevate it to the dignity of physical force.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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