But I had become aware, even so early as during my college life, that no opinion
, however absurd and incredible, can be imagined, which has not been maintained by some on of the philosophers; and afterwards in the course of my travels I remarked that all those whose opinions
are decidedly repugnant to ours are not in that account barbarians and savages, but on the contrary that many of these nations make an equally good, if not better, use of their reason than we do.
SOCRATES: But why, my dear Crito, should we care about the opinion
of the many?
There are, of course, many objections to what I say: Milton is a great example of the contrary; but his opinion
with respect to the 'Paradise Regained' is by no means fairly ascertained.
Marianne was afraid of offending, and said no more on the subject; but the kind of approbation which Elinor described as excited in him by the drawings of other people, was very far from that rapturous delight, which, in her opinion
, could alone be called taste.
Upon which great models he had principally formed himself; sometimes according with the opinion
of the one, and sometimes with that of the other.
For virtue may be under the guidance of right opinion
as well as of knowledge; and right opinion
is for practical purposes as good as knowledge, but is incapable of being taught, and is also liable, like the images of Daedalus, to 'walk off,' because not bound by the tie of the cause.
If it be true that all governments rest on opinion
, it is no less true that the strength of opinion
in each individual, and its practical influence on his conduct, depend much on the number which he supposes to have entertained the same opinion
They declared that there were eighty-two erroneous opinions
on religious subjects diffused among the people, and that Mrs.
This was the party of the elders, reasonable men experienced and capable in state affairs, who, without sharing any of those conflicting opinions
, were able to take a detached view of what was going on at the staff at headquarters and to consider means of escape from this muddle, indecision, intricacy, and weakness.
Besides," added Barbicane, "this opinion
is that of an English savant, Nasmyth, and it seems to me to sufficiently explain the radiation of these mountains.
and knowledge have to do with different kinds of matter corresponding to this difference of faculties?
But again: this class, together with that last one I have named, the miserable aristocracy spawned of a false republic, lift up their voices and exclaim 'Public opinion
is all-sufficient to prevent such cruelty as you denounce.
And the first opinion
which one forms of a prince, and of his understanding, is by observing the men he has around him; and when they are capable and faithful he may always be considered wise, because he has known how to recognize the capable and to keep them faithful.
I have carefully inquired into his character; I know as much, or more, about him than he knows about himself; and my opinion
is, that we are to believe him.
I think them injudicious, but I am not paid for giving any opinion
on their merits.