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Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.
I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.
There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won't.
It is a monstrous thing that I will say, but I will say it all the same: I find in many things more restraint and order in my morals than in my opinions, and my lust less depraved than my reason.
Michel de Montaigne
The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.
As all human beings are, in my view, creatures of God's design, we must respect all other human beings. That does not mean I have to agree with their choices or agree with their opinions, but indeed I respect them as human beings.
And I think both the left and the right should celebrate people who have different opinions, and disagree with them, and argue with them, and differ with them, but don't just try to shut them up.
A man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them.
We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.
Opinions are made to be changed - or how is truth to be got at?
The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.
James Russell Lowell
To become self-aware, people must be allowed to hear a plurality of opinions and then make up their own minds. They must be allowed to say, write and publish whatever they want. Freedom of expression is the most basic, but fundamental, right. Without it, human beings are reduced to automatons.
Opinions have vested interests just as men have.
The three most important things a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money, and his religious opinions.
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything.
There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.
My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or of my opinions.
As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.
You have to listen to the people who have a negative opinion as well as those who have positive opinion. Just to make sure that you are blending all these opinions in your mind before a decision is made.
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.
What is in question is a kind of book reviewing which seems to be more and more popular: the loose putting down of opinions as though they were facts, and the treating of facts as though they were opinions.
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
There can be no two opinions as to what a highbrow is. He is the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea.
Freedom rings where opinions clash.
Adlai E. Stevenson
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
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