I have never contemplated anything higher than the reformation of my own opinions
, and basing them on a foundation wholly my own.
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.
This is the nature of right opinion
. 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.
During the first four days, while no duties were required of him, Prince Andrew rode round the whole fortified camp and, by the aid of his own knowledge and by talks with experts, tried to form a definite opinion
"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."
Certainly, he said; for opinion
is that with which we are able to form an opinion
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.' Public opinion
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.
"Look here," said Old Sharon; "I give you an opinion
for your guinea; but, mind this, it's an opinion
founded on hearsay--and you know as a lawyer what that is worth.