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Maimonides, given name Moses ben Maimon or Moshe ben Maimon, known as "Rambam" NULL

We must not reject a proven doctrine because it is opposed to some isolated opinion of this or that great authority... No man must surrender his private judgment. The eyes are directed forwards, not backwards.

Authority | Doctrine | Judgment | Man | Opinion | Surrender |

Mary Wollstonecraft

Men and women must be educated, in a great degree, by the opinions and manners of the society they live in. In every age there has been a stream of popular opinion that has carried all before it, and given a family character, as it were, to the century. It may then be fairly inferred, that, till society be differently constituted, much cannot be expected from education.

Age | Character | Education | Family | Manners | Men | Opinion | Society | Society |

Plato NULL

The irrational desire which overcomes the tendency of opinion towards right, and is led away to the enjoyment of beauty, and especially of personal beauty, by the desires which are her own kindred - that supreme desire, I say, which by leading conquers and by the force of passion is reinforced, from this very force, receiving a name, is called love.

Beauty | Desire | Enjoyment | Force | Love | Opinion | Passion | Right |

Plato NULL

Power to preserve under all circumstances the right, lawful opinion of what is and is not to be feared.

Circumstances | Opinion | Wise |

Pierre Bayle

The antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion is no assurance of its truth.

Acceptance | Antiquity | Opinion | Truth |

Plato NULL

My opinion is that in the world of knowledge the idea of good appears last of all, and is seen only with an effort; and, when seen, is also inferred to be the universal author of all things beautiful and right, parent of light and of the lord of light in this visible world, and the immediate source of reason and truth in the intellectual; and that this is the power upon which he who would act rationally either in public or private life must have his eye fixed.

Effort | Good | Knowledge | Life | Life | Light | Lord | Opinion | Power | Public | Reason | Right | Truth | World | Parent |

Quentin Crisp, born Denis Charles Pratt

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.

Existence | Opinion | People | Purpose | Purpose | Think |

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion - it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who, in the midst of the world, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

Man | Opinion | Solitude | World |

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Character | Opinion | People | World |

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every opinion reacts on him who utters it.

Opinion |

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is very easy in the world to live by the opinion of the world. It is very easy in solitude to be self-centered. But the finished man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. I knew a man of simple habits and earnest character who never put out his hands nor opened his lips to court the public, and having survived several rotten reputations of younger men, honor came at last and sat down with him upon his private bench from which he had never stirred.

Character | Honor | Man | Men | Opinion | Public | Self | Solitude | World |

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men around to his opinion twenty years later.

Men | Opinion | Success |

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Character | Opinion | People | World |

William Temple, fully Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet

The heart of Religion is not an opinion about God, such as philosophy might reach as the conclusion of an argument; it is a personal relation with God.

Argument | God | Heart | Opinion | Philosophy | Religion |

Thomas Kempis, aka Thomas à Kempis, Thomas von Kempen, Thomas Haemerkken or Hammerlein or Hemerken or Hämerken

The highest and most profitable learning is the knowledge of ourselves. To have a low opinion of our own merits, and to think highly of others, is an evidence of wisdom. All men are frail, but thou shouldst reckon none so frail as thyself.

Evidence | Knowledge | Learning | Men | Opinion | Wisdom | Think |

Thomas Kempis, aka Thomas à Kempis, Thomas von Kempen, Thomas Haemerkken or Hammerlein or Hemerken or Hämerken

Our own opinion of ourselves should be lower than that formed by others, for we have a better chance at our imperfections.

Better | Chance | Opinion |

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted.

Belief | Conscience | Opinion | Intellect |

Thomas Arnold

Differences of opinion give me but little concern; but it a real pleasure to be brought into communication with anyone who is in earnest, and who really looks to God's will as his standard of right and wrong, and judges of actions according to their greater or lesser conformity.

Conformity | God | Little | Looks | Opinion | Pleasure | Right | Will | Wrong |