Quotations on Opinion

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The American people should be made aware of the trend toward monopolization of the great public information vehicles and the concentration of more and more power over public opinion in fewer and fewer hands.
- Spiro T. Agnew
(Keywords: Power, People, American, Information, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

In Iran I think nobody loses their job because of making a statement that reflects their opinion. From this point of view, conditions in Iran are far better than in many other places in the world.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Keywords: Job, Opinion, World)

Israel does not care about the international public opinion.
- Bashar al-Assad
(Keywords: Care, Israel, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

I like to help women help themselves, as that is, in my opinion, the best way to settle the woman question. Whatever we can do and do well we have a right to, and I don't think any one will deny us.
- Louisa May Alcott
(Keywords: Women, Help, Opinion, Question, Right, Will, Woman)

In my opinion, a master is morally obliged to seize every sort of opportunity and to try to solve the problems of the position without fear of some simplifications.
- Alexander Alekhine
(Keywords: Fear, Opportunity, Opinion, Problems)

Public opinion is a second conscience.
- William R. Alger
(Keywords: Conscience, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

I think that the legitimacy of the court would be undermined in any case if the court made a decision based on its perception of public opinion.
- Samuel Alito
(Keywords: Decision, Perception, Court, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

It is not the Government, the members of Parliament to whom the ultimate decision belongs, it is up to you to go forward sure of your sacred right of free opinion, sure of your patriotism.
- John Amery
(Keywords: Patriotism, Government, Decision, Opinion, Parliament, Right)

Developments in information technology and globalised media mean that the most powerful military in the history of the world can lose a war, not on the battlefield of dust and blood, but on the battlefield of world opinion.
- Timothy Garton Ash
(Keywords: History, Technology, War, Blood, Information, Media, Military, Opinion, World)

His tenacity is unmatched in my opinion. Incredible how someone could have suffered that long and come back out of prison with such a good heart and positive things to say and do.
- Maurice Ashley
(Keywords: Heart, Positive, Opinion, Prison, Tenacity)

Every Body has so good an Opinion of their own Understanding as to think their own way the best.
- Mary Astell
(Keywords: Body, Opinion, Understanding)

How can a Man respect his Wife when he has a contemptible Opinion of her and her Sex?
- Mary Astell
(Keywords: Sex, Wife, Man, Opinion, Respect)

In the old days... it was a basic, cardinal fact that producers didn't have opinions. When I was producing natural history programmes, I didn't use them as vehicles for my own opinion. They were factual programmes.
- David Attenborough
(Keywords: History, Fact, Old, Opinion, Opinions)

Between friends differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Friends, Opinion, Taste)

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Truth, Fact, Opinion, Perspective)

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.
- Jane Austen
(Keywords: Being, May, Opinion, Pride, Vanity, Words)

Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think.
- Alfred Austin
(Keywords: People, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

I think the people will- who advocate having a step back and read those public opinion polls on the front page of the newspapers all over this country saying public supports restoration in restoration of the Everglades, protection of the parks and the creation of monuments.
- Bruce Babbitt
(Keywords: People, Country, Creation, Monuments, Newspapers, Opinion, Protection, Public, Public opinion, Saying, Will)

Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits.
- Walter Bagehot
(Keywords: Men, Thoughts, Habits, Influence, Obedience, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Words)

The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.
- Walter Bagehot
(Keywords: Nature, People, Being, Human nature, Opinion, Will)

The interparliamentary conference should, in my opinion, direct its particular attention to the preparation of the next Hague Conference, the diplomatic conference, the conference of governments.
- Fredrik Bajer
(Keywords: Attention, Opinion, Preparation)

The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper, and render them more important.
- Hosea Ballou
(Keywords: People, Effect, Opinion, Opinions, Oppression)

The best government rests on the people, and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Government, People, Development, Authority, Opinion, Property, Public, Public opinion)

People who don't know me have opinions about me. That's the part that's very hurtful. Because how do you form an opinion about somebody if you've never met them or spent any time with them? So it's all based upon hearsay or things that they've read.
- Rick Barry
(Keywords: Time, People, Opinion, Opinions)

Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
- Bernard Baruch
(Keywords: Facts, Man, Opinion, Right, Wrong)

Since it is seldom clear whether intellectual activity denotes a superior mode of being or a vital deficiency, opinion swings between considering intellect a privilege and seeing it as a handicap.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Being, Intellect, Opinion, Privilege)

I believe if a private citizen is able to affect public opinion in a constructive way he doesn't have to be an elected public servant to perform a public service.
- Warren Beatty
(Keywords: Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Service)

In my opinion butlers ought To know their place, and not to play The Old Retainer night and day.
- Joachim du Bellay
(Keywords: Day, Night, Old, Opinion, Play)

Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. There may be legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not... with regard to abortion and euthanasia.
- Pope Benedict XVI
(Keywords: Death, War, Abortion, Diversity, May, Opinion, Weight)

It is precisely the purpose of the public opinion generated by the press to make the public incapable of judging, to insinuate into it the attitude of someone irresponsible, uninformed.
- Walter Benjamin
(Keywords: Attitude, Purpose, Opinion, Press, Public, Public opinion)

Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present.
- John Berger
(Keywords: Media, Opinion, Past, Post, Present)

After a long, impartial enquiry of the truth, and after much and earnest calling upon God, to give unto me the spirit and revelation in the knowledge of Him, I find myself obliged, both by the principles of reason and Scripture, to embrace the opinion I now hold forth.
- John Biddle
(Keywords: God, Truth, Knowledge, Opinion, Principles, Reason, Scripture, Spirit)

Suffrage, noun. Expression of opinion by means of a ballot. The right of suffrage (which is held to be both a privilege and a duty) means, as commonly interpreted, the right to vote for the man of another man's choice, and is highly prized.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Choice, Expression, Man, Opinion, Privilege, Right, Vote)

If public opinion still endorses military action that's one thing, but if they wait maybe it will not. So it's not only impatience, but there are several other factors.
- Hans Blix
(Keywords: Action, Impatience, Military, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Will)

It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(Keywords: Nature, People, Opinion, Questions)

Business leaders shape public opinion.
- Marvin Bower
(Keywords: Business, Leaders, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

The course of business shapes public opinion.
- Marvin Bower
(Keywords: Business, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

The World War broke out with such elemental violence, and with such resort to all means for leading or misleading public opinion, that no time was available for reflection and consideration.
- Hjalmar Branting
(Keywords: Time, War, Consideration, Leading, Misleading, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Reflection, Violence, World, World war)

While it's very hard to know exactly how to measure public opinion there, because there's no really good polling, the fact of the matter is that in all the polls I've seen the vast majority of the Iraqis prefer to be free and are pleased that the coalition freed them.
- Paul Bremer
(Keywords: Fact, Majority, Measure, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

I should have forfeited my own self-respect, and perhaps the good opinion of my countrymen, if I had failed to resent such an injury by calling the offender in question to a personal account.
- Preston Brooks
(Keywords: Injury, Opinion, Question, Self)

The critic is a man who prefers the indolence of opinion to the trials of action.
- John Mason Brown
(Keywords: Action, Indolence, Man, Opinion, Trials)

Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
- Les Brown
(Keywords: People, Opinion, Reality)

There is a power in public opinion in this country - and I thank God for it: for it is the most honest and best of all powers - which will not tolerate an incompetent or unworthy man to hold in his weak or wicked hands the lives and fortunes of his fellow-citizens.
- Martin Van Buren
(Keywords: Power, God, Country, Man, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Unworthy, Will)

My conviction of the necessity of further legislative provisions for the safe-keeping and disbursement of the public moneys and my opinion in regard to the measures best adapted to the accomplishment of those objects have been already submitted to you.
- Martin Van Buren
(Keywords: Accomplishment, Conviction, Necessity, Opinion, Public)

Judges rule on the basis of law, not public opinion, and they should be totally indifferent to pressures of the times.
- Warren E. Burger
(Keywords: Judges, Law, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

If in the last few years you haven't discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead.
- Gelett Burgess
(Keywords: May, Opinion, Years)

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Justice, Liberty, Opinion, Separation)

The history of the world is the record of the weakness, frailty and death of public opinion.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Death, History, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Weakness, World)

Every day confirms my opinion on the superiority of a vicious life, and if Virtue is not its own reward, I don't know any other stipend annexed to it.
- George Byron
(Keywords: Life, Superiority, Virtue, Day, Opinion, Reward)

Every day confirms my opinion on the superiority of a vicious life - and if Virtue is not its own reward I don't know any other stipend annexed to it.
- Lord Byron
(Keywords: Life, Superiority, Virtue, Day, Opinion, Reward)



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