|Where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.|
Jane AustenMansfield Park. Ch. XI.
|Facts are cheels that winna ding,|
An downa be disputed.
|Sure tis an orthodox opinion,|
That grace is founded in dominion.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. I. Canto III. L. 1,173.
|With books and money placed, for show|
Like nest eggs, to make clients lay,
And for his false opinion pay.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. III. Canto III. L. 624.
|For most men (till by losing rendered sager)|
Will back their own opinions by a wager.
ByronBeppo. St. 27.
|Nor prints of Precedent for poore mens facts.|
George ChapmanBussy dAmbois. Act I. Sc. 1.
| Omni autem in re consensio omnium gentium lex naturæ putanda est.|
But in every matter the consensus of opinion among all nations is to be regarded as the law of nature.
CiceroTusc. Quæst. I. 13. 30.
|Stiff in opinion, always in the wrong.|
DrydenAbsalom and Achitophel. I. 545.
|As the saying is, So many heades, so many wittes.|
Queen ElizabethGodly Meditacyon of the Christian Sowle. (1548).
|Intolerant only of intolerance.|
I. S. S. G. in Frasers Mag. Aug., 1863. Article on Mr. Buckle in the East.
| It is not often that an opinion is worth expressing, which cannot take care of itself.|
HolmesMedical Essays. 211.
| Denique non omnes eadem mirantur amantque.|
All men do not, in fine, admire or love the same thing.
HoraceEpistles. II. 2. 58.
| Monuments of the safety with which errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.|
Thomas JeffersonFirst Inaugural Address. March 4, 1801.
|Dogmatism is puppyism come to its full growth.|
JerroldMan Made of Money. In the Wit and Opinions of Jerrold. P. 28. Attributed to Dean Mansel by Burgon in Lives of Twelve Good Men.
|How long halt ye between two opinions?|
I Kings. XVIII. 21.
| We hardly find any persons of good sense save those who agree with us.|
La RochefoucauldMaxims. 347.
|The deep slumber of a decided opinion.|
Thoughts for the Cloister and Crowd. London, 1835. P. 21. Quoted by MillLiberty.
| Even opinion is of force enough to make itself to be espoused at the expense of life.|
MontaigneOf Good and Evil. Ch. XL.
| There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs, or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.|
MontaigneEssays. Of the Resemblance of Children to their Fathers.
| Il opine du bonnet comme un moine en Sorbonne.|
He adopts the opinion of others like a monk in the Sorbonne.
PascalLettres Provinciales. II.
| La force est la reine du monde, et non pas lopinion; mais lopinion est celle qui use de la force.|
Force and not opinion is the queen of the world; but it is opinion that uses the force.
PascalPensées. Art. XXIV. 92.
|Della opinione regina del mondo.|
Opinion is the queen of the world.
Pascal quotes this as the title of an Italian work.
| He (Cato) never gave his opinion in the Senate upon any other point whatever, without adding these words, And, in my opinion Carthage should be destroyed. [Delenda est Carthago.]|
PlutarchLife of Cato the Censor.
|Some praise at morning what they blame at night,|
But always think the last opinion right.
PopeEssay on Criticism. Pt. II. L. 230.
| I have bought|
Golden opinions from all sorts of people,
Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
Not cast aside so soon.
Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 7. L. 32.
|Opinions but a fool, that makes us scan|
The outward habit by the inward man.
Pericles. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 56.
|Facts are stubborn things.|
Smollett. Trans. of Gil Blas. Bk. X. Ch. I. ElliotEssay on Field Husbandry. P. 35.
| That was excellently observed, say I when I read a passage in another where his opinion agrees with mine. When we differ, then I pronounce him to be mistaken.|
SwiftThoughts an Various Subjects.
| Je connais quelquun qui a plus desprit que Napoléon, que Voltaire, que tous les ministres présents et futurs: cest lopinion.|
I know where there is more wisdom than is found in Napoleon, Voltaire, or all the ministers present and to comein public opinion.
TalleyrandIn the Chamber of Peers. (1821).
|Quot homines, tot sententiæ; suus cuique mos.|
So many men, so many opinions; everyone has his own fancy.
TerencePhormio. II. 3, 14. Same idea in GascoigneGlass of Government.
| Matters of fact, as Mr. Budgell somewhere observes, are very stubborn things.|
In copy of the Will of Matthew Tindal. P. 23. (1733).