„Look here, old sport, […] what's your opinion of me, anyhow?' A little overwhelmed, I began the generalized evasions which that question deserves.“
— F. Scott Fitzgerald American novelist and screenwriter 1896 - 1940
Source: Quoted, The Great Gatsby (1925), ch. 4
— Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797
Second Speech on Conciliation with America (1775)
— Walter Bagehot British journalist, businessman, and essayist 1826 - 1877
Sir Robert Peel
Biographical Studies (1907)
— William Cobbett English pamphleteer, farmer and journalist 1763 - 1835
Source: Life and Adventures of Peter Porcupine (1796), P. 23.
— Michael Moorcock English writer, editor, critic 1939
Fantastic Metropolis, Christmas Editorial (http://www.fantasticmetropolis.com/i/20011209/3/)
— Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797
Letters On a Regicide Peace (1796)
„I am entitled to say of that opinion what any discriminating reader must think of it — that it was as foggy as the statute the Attorney General was asked to interpret.“
— Robert H. Jackson American judge 1892 - 1954
Reviewing a position that Jackson had taken as Attorney General, which he now felt should be overruled. McGrath v. Kristensen, 340 U.S. 162, 176 (1950) (concurring)
„Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.“
— George Washington first President of the United States 1732 - 1799
1790s, Farewell Address (1796)
„At last I will devote myself sincerely and without reservation to the general demolition of my opinions.“
— René Descartes French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist 1596 - 1650
Source: Discourse on Method
„I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.“
Source: Computing Machinery and Intelligence (1950), p. 442.
Source: Computing machinery and intelligence
„Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk — especially in new undertakings.“
— Walt Disney American film producer and businessman 1901 - 1966
As quoted in The Magic of Teamwork (1997) by Pat Williams <!-- also quoted in The Disney Way Fieldbook (2000) by Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson, Act III : Dare, p. 147 -->
Context: Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk — especially in new undertakings. Courage to initiate something and to keep it going, pioneering an adventurous spirit to blaze new ways, often, in our land of opportunity.
„Though the mere opinion of an Attorney- or Solicitor-General ought not to be cited, yet coupled with the fact, it may have some weight as showing the general sense of professional men.“
— William Henry Ashurst (judge) English judge 1725 - 1807
King v. Pasmore (1789), 3 T. R. 243.
„The young gentleman is correct," he said.
Halt raised an eyebrow. "He may be correct, and he is undoubtedly young. But he's no gentleman."
~Halt and General Sapristi speaking of Will“
— John Flanagan Irish-American hammer thrower 1873 - 1938
Source: The Emperor of Nihon-Ja
„There seems to be a general consensus of opinion among modern scholars that the Bhagavadgītā, as it now appears in the Epic, is not an original poem composed by a single hand, but an ancient work, rewritten and enlarged. But all are not agreed as to the history of the poem's composition.“
— W. Douglas P. Hill British Indologist 1884 - 1962
Source: The Bhagavadgītā (1973), p. 18. (12. The composition of the Bhagavadgītā)
„This argument too shows that in truth we know nothing about anything, but every man shares the generally prevailing opinion.“
— Democritus Ancient Greek philosopher, pupil of Leucippus, founder of the atomic theory
Source Book in Ancient Philosophy (1907), The Fragments
„The truth is, the generality of mankind stand in awe of public opinion, while conscience is feared only by the few.“
— Pliny the Younger Roman writer 61 - 113
Letter 20, 9.
Letters, Book III
Original: (la) Multi famam, conscientiam pauci verentur.
„The sentiments of men often differ with regard to beauty and deformity of all kinds, even while their general discourse is the same … In all matters of opinion and science, the case is opposite: The difference among men is there oftener found to lie in generals than in particulars; and to be less in reality than in appearance.“
Four Dissertations (1757)
„Opinions upon moral questions are more often the expression of strongly felt expediency than of careful ethical reasoning; and the opinions so formed by one generation become the conscientious convictions or the sacred instincts of the next.“
— Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury British politician 1830 - 1903
Saturday Review, 29, 1865, p. 532