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An opinion is a conclusion or judgment, a belief. Opinions may or may not be based on facts and knowledge, but are based on experience and on limited factual knowledge, and are often flavored by emotion or group beliefs. Opinions are not certainty, though some who express opinions seem to think they are.

What are some opinions about opinions? Here are some samples!

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Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions.

— Albert Einstein, Essay to Leo Baeck, 1953

Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.

— Bernard M. Baruch

The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.

— Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays

When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.

— Bette Davis

Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?

— Brigham Young

There is no squabbling so violent as that between people who accepted an idea yesterday and those who will accept the same idea tomorrow.

— Christopher Morley

It doesn’t matter how strong your opinions are. If you don’t use your power for positive change, you are, indeed, part of the problem.

— Coretta Scott King

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.

— Daniel Patrick Moynihan, (attributed)

Ten thousand times has the labor movement stumbled and bruised itself. We have been enjoined by the courts, assaulted by thugs, charged by the militia, traduced by the press, frowned upon in public opinion, and deceived by politicians. ‘But notwithstanding all this and all these, labor is today the most vital and potential power this planet has ever known, and its historic mission is as certain of ultimate realization as is the setting of the sun.

— Eugene V. Debs

Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men’s opinions of us, forms our true honor.

— Friedrich Schiller

If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of douts of my own.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everybody gets busy on the proof.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.

— John Locke

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

— Mark Twain

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

— Mark Twain

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

— Oscar Wilde

Instead of telling our valuable stories, we seek safety in abstractions, speaking to each other about our opinions, ideas, and beliefs rather than about our lives. Academic culture blesses this practice by insisting that the more abstract our speech, the more likely we are to touch the universal truths that unite us. But what happens is exactly the reverse: as our discourse becomes more abstract, the less connected we feel. There is less sense of community among intellectuals than in the most ‘primitive’ society of storytellers.

— Parker J. Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life

The world is changed by your example not by your opinion.

— Paul Coelho

Sort out what is opinion and what is fact; then you can see intelligently. The more clearly you can see, the more powerful your actions will be.

— Pema Chödrön

There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion . . . It is the harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Public opinion, I am sorry to say, will bear a great deal of nonsense. There is scarcely any absurdity so gross, whether in religion, politics, science or manners, which it will not bear.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stay at home in your mind. Don’t recite other people’s opinions. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1843

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don’t mind expressing my opinions and speaking out against injustice. I would be doing this even if I wasn’t a writer. I grew up in a household that believed in social justice. I have always understood myself as having an obligation to stand on the side of the silenced, the oppressed, and the mistreated.

— Tayari Jones

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.

— Thomas Jefferson

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.

— Thomas Jefferson

I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.

— Thomas Paine

When a man finds a conclusion agreeable, he accepts it without argument, but when he finds it disagreeable, he will bring against it all the forces of logic and reason.

— Thucydides

The trouble with all these far-right and far-left mentalities is that they can encompass only one side of an argument and are congenitally incapable of holding two opinions in their heads at the same time.

— Truman Capote

He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.

— Tryon Edwards
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