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Samuel Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson

The greatest part of mankind have no other reason for their opinion than that they are in fashion.

Mankind | Opinion | Reason |

Samuel Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson

The mischief of flattery is not that it persuades any man that he is what he is not, but that it suppresses the influence of honest ambition, by raising an opinion that honor may be gained without the toil of merit.

Ambition | Flattery | Honor | Influence | Man | Merit | Opinion |

Thomas Jefferson

Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.

Opinion |

Carl Jung, fully Carl Gustav Jung

Deep down, below the surface of the average man’s conscience, he hears a voice whispering. “There is something not right,” no matter how much his rightness is supported by public opinion or by the moral code.

Conscience | Man | Opinion | Public | Right |

Abraham Lincoln

Public opinion is founded to a great extent on a property basis. What lessens the value of the property is opposed, what enhances its value is favored.

Opinion | Property | Public | Value |

Albert Schweitzer

A new public opinion must be created privately and unobtrusively. The existing one is maintained by the Press, by propaganda, by organization, and by financial and other influences which are at its disposal. This unnatural way of spreading ideas must be opposed by the natural one, which goes from man to man and relies solely on the truth of the thoughts and the hearer’s receptiveness for new truth.

Ideas | Man | Opinion | Organization | Public | Truth |

William H. Whyte, Jr., fully William Hollingsworth "Holly" Whyte

Nonconformity is an empty goal and rebellion against prevailing opinion merely because it is prevailing should no more be praised than acquiescence to it. Indeed, it is often a mask for cowardice, and few are more pathetic than those who flaunt outer differences to expiate their inner surrender.

Cowardice | Opinion | Rebellion | Surrender |

Nic Williams

The teachings of economics say that anything in oversupply has no value; and one of the greatest things in oversupply has always been the simple opinion shared by others.

Economics | Opinion |

Philippa Foot, fully Philippa Ruth Foot, née Bosanquet

One of the things a wise man knows and a foolish man does not is that such things as social position, wealth, and the good opinion of the world, are too dearly bought at the cost of health or friendship or family ties.

Cost | Family | Good | Health | Man | Opinion | Position | Wealth | Wise | World | Friendship |

Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

A prejudice is a vagrant opinion without visible means of support.

Means | Opinion | Prejudice |

Aristotle NULL

The primary objects of desire and of thought are the same. For the apparent good is the object of appetite, and the real good is the primary object of rational wish. But desire is consequent of opinion rather than opinion on desire; for the thinking is the starting-point.

Appetite | Desire | Good | Object | Opinion | Thinking | Thought | Thought |

Aristotle NULL

Those who desire honor from good men, and men who know, are aiming at confirming their own opinion of themselves; they delight in honor, therefore, because they believe in their own goodness on the strength of the judgment of those who speak about them.

Desire | Good | Honor | Judgment | Men | Opinion | Strength |

Anthony Trollope

Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who has a low opinion of himself.

Good | Man | Opinion |

Andrew Jackson

I have accustomed myself to receive with respect the opinion of others but always take the responsibility of deciding for myself.

Opinion | Receive | Respect | Responsibility | Respect |

Aristotle NULL

The states of virtue by which the soul possesses truth by way of affirmation or denial are five in number, i.e., art, scientific knowledge, practical wisdom, philosophical wisdom, intuitive wisdom: we do not included judgment and opinion because in these we may be mistaken.

Art | Judgment | Knowledge | Opinion | Soul | Truth | Virtue | Virtue | Wisdom |