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The deep slumber of a decided opinion.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Thoughts for the Cloister and Crowd,
        London, 1835, p. 21, quoted by Mill in "Liberty"

He who is master of all opinions can never be the bigot of any.
      - William R. Alger

Public opinion is a second conscience.
      - William R. Alger

Public opinion is the atmosphere of society, without which the forces of the individual would collapse, and all the institutions of society fly into atoms.
      - William R. Alger

What people will say--in these words there lies the tyranny of the world, the whole destruction of our natural disposition, the oblique vision of our minds. These four words bear sway everywhere.
      - Berthold Auerbach

Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.
      - Jane Austen, Mansfield Park (ch. XI)

It is pure illusion to think that an opinion that passes down from century to century, from generation to generation, may not be entirely false.
      - Pierre Bayle

Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
      - Bible, I Kings (ch. XVIII, v. 21)

I could never divide myself from any man upon the difference of an opinion, or be angry with his judgment for not agreeing in that from which within a few days I might dissent myself.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Men get opinions as boys learn to spell, by reiteration chiefly.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Facts are cheels that winna ding,
  An' downs be disputed.
      - Robert Burns, A Dream

Sure 'tis an orthodox opinion,
  That grace is founded in dominion.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto III, l. 1,173)

With books and money placed, for show
  Like nest eggs, to make clients lay,
    And for his false opinion pay.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto III, l. 624)

For most men (till by losing rendered sager)
  Will back their own opinion is by a wager.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Beppo (st. 27)

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.
      - William Ellery Channing

The blind goddess of fools.
      - George Chapman

His deeds inimitable, like the Sea
  That shuts still as it opes, and leaves no tracts
    Nor prints of Precedent for poore men's facts.
      - George Chapman, Bussy d'Ambois
         (act I, sc. 1)

Were a whole nation to start upon a new career of education, with mature faculties and minds free from prepossession or prejudice, how much would be quickly abandoned that is now most stubbornly cherished!
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

It is not only arrogant, but it is profligate, for a man to disregard the world's opinion of himself.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

No liberal man would impute a charge of unsteadiness to another for having changed his opinion.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

But in every matter the consensus of opinion among all nations is to be regarded as the law of nature.
  [Lat., Omni autem in re consensio omnium gentium lex naturae putanda est.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusc. Quoest. (I, 13, 30)

Our quaint metaphysical opinions, in an hour of anguish, are like playthings by the bedside of a child deathly sick.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The masses procure their opinions ready made in open market.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

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