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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Positiveness
 
  Every one of his opinions appears to himself to be written with sunbeams.
Watts.    
  1
  Positiveness is a most absurd foible. If you are in the right, it lessens your triumph; if in the wrong, it adds shame to your defeat.
Sterne.    
  2
  The most positive men are the most credulous, since they most believe themselves, and advise most with their falsest flatterer and worst enemy—their own self-love.
Pope.    
  3
  Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and orators, because whoever would obtrude his thoughts and reasons upon a multitude will convince others the more, as he appears convinced himself.
Swift.    
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