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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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

Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.

— Plato

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wish to say what I think and feel today, with the proviso that tomorrow perhaps I shall contradict it all.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. 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 person is one who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don’t give a damn for anybody’s opinion, I only care about the facts. So I’m not an enthusiast for diversity of opinion where factual matters are concerned.

— Richard Dawkins

The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes in its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered.

— Samuel Butler

The three most important things a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money, and his religious opinions.

— Samuel Butler

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 never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

— Thomas Jefferson

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

Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

— 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

Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine.

— Walter Cronkite

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

— Will Rogers

People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.

— Will Rogers

New truth is always a go-between, a smoother-over of transitions. It marries old opinion to new fact so as ever to show a minimum of jolt, a maximum of continuity.

— William James

A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.

— Winston Churchill
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