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Opinions are formed in a process of open discussion and public debate, and where no opportunity for the forming of opinions exists, there may be moods --moods of the masses and moods of individuals, the latter no less fickle and unreliable than the former --but no opinion.

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) German-born American political philosopher.

Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.

Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965) American financier, and political consultant.

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.

William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

The majority have no other reason for their opinions than that they are the fashion.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.


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

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

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

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-Swiss philosopher and writer.

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

Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117) Roman historian.