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In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were
by A. J. P. Taylor

In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were
only there for the beer -
the wealth,
prestige and grandeur that went with the power.
- A. J. P. Taylor

Related topics: Power

A master of improvised speech and improvised policies.
- A. J. P. Taylor

There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make
peace with the Establishment -
and nothing more corrupting.
- A. J. P. Taylor

The crusade against Communism was even more imaginary
than the specter of Communism.
- A. J. P. Taylor

 

Nothing is inevitable until it happens.
- A. J. P. Taylor

The great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace,
carried the nations to war by their own weight.
- A. J. P. Taylor

Like most of those who study history,
he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the
past how to make new ones.
- A. J. P. Taylor

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No matter what political reasons are given for war,
the underlying reason is always economic.
- A. J. P. Taylor

Psychoanalysts believe that the only 'normal' people
are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anyone else.
- A. J. P. Taylor

A racing tipster who only reached Hitler's level of
accuracy would not do well for his clients.
- A. J. P. Taylor

No war is inevitable until it breaks out.
- A. J. P. Taylor

Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness.
- A. J. P. Taylor

The greatest problem about old age is the fear that it may go on too long.
- A. J. P. Taylor

He was what I often think is a dangerous thing for a statesman to be -
a student of history; and like most of those who study history,
he learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.
- A. J. P. Taylor

Lenin was the first to discover that capitalism 'inevitably' caused war;
and he discovered this only when the First World War
was already being fought.
Of course he was right.
Since every great state was capitalist in 1914.
- A. J. P. Taylor

We must respect the other fellow's religion,
but only in the sense and to the extent
that we respect his theory that
his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
- H. L. Mencken

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you,
but your opinion that these things are insulting.
- Epictetus

Value your own opinion more, and others' opinions less.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
- Marcus Aurelius

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.
- Rumi

I never considered a difference of opinion
in politics, in religion, in philosophy,
as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Thomas Jefferson

People seem not to see that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If you wish to see the truth,
then hold no opinion for or against.
- Osho

People do not seem to realize that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no truth, only human opinion.
- Anonymous

Your opinion is nothing but your point of view.
- don Miguel Ruiz

A friend or co-worker shares a political,
religious, economic, or social opinion
that is opposite to yours -
does that drive a wedge between your hearts?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If anyone is unhappy, remember that
his unhappiness is his own fault...
Nothing else is the cause of anxiety or loss of tranquility
except our own opinion.
- Epictetus

Having a personal opinion is great.
Believing that one's personal opinion is absolute truth
leads to most of the world's troubles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how
a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed
in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

Hardly a man in the world has an opinion
upon morals, political, or religion
which he got otherwise than
through his associations and sympathies.
- Mark Twain

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

Thoughtful people seldom share exactly the same opinion -
the same point-of-view.
The wise ones understand that they know nothing -
for virtually none of our experience is truly factual -
and they graciously honor all other opinions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us is burdened by an unlimited number of
expectations (demands) that we hold for the actions of others.
We "know" that there is a right way to do things,
and are often outraged when our expectations are not met.
Usually, we are unaware that we merely
have a strong opinion and point-of-view,
and are sure that we know how everything is supposed to be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

People will, in a great degree,
and not without reason,
form their opinion of you upon
that which they have of your friends;
and there is a Spanish proverb
which says very justly,
"Tell me whom you live with,
and I will tell you who you are.
- Lord Chesterfield

People who want to share their religious views with you
almost never want you to share yours with them.
- Dave Barry

Truth always rests with the minority,
and the minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion,
while the strength of a majority is illusory,
formed by the gangs who have no opinion -
and who, therefore, in the next instant
(when it is evident that the minority is the stronger)
assume its opinion... while truth again reverts to a new minority.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion
without the discomfort of thought.
- John F. Kennedy

In all matters of opinion,
our adversaries are insane.
- Oscar Wilde

The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man
are those of bearing and forbearing.
- Epictetus

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- A. R. Ammons

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In my opinion, no single design is apt to be optimal for everyone.
- Donald Norman

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide,
and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.
- Robert Hall

A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.
- Will Rogers

The good opinion of mankind,
like the lever of Archimedes,
with the given fulcrum, moves the world.
- Thomas Jefferson

The world is governed by opinion.
- William Ellery Channing

No one can have a higher opinion of you than I have,
and I think you're a slimy, contemptible sewer rat!
- the movie The Great Mouse Detective

The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
- Arnold H. Glasow

The way people in democracies think of the government
as something different from themselves is a real handicap.
And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
- Lewis Mumford

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems,
in my opinion, to characterize our age.
- Albert Einstein

Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion.
The several sects perform the office of a Censor -
over each other.
- Thomas Jefferson

There is no such thing as public opinion.
There is only published opinion.
- Winston Churchill

In a world which is armed to its teeth with nuclear weapons,
every quarrel or difference of opinion may lead to
violence of a kind quite different from what is possible today.
- Herman Kahn

Where there is little or no public opinion,
there is likely to be bad government,
which sooner or later becomes autocratic government.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King

'Time after Time' is one of the best pop songs ever written,
in my opinion.
It's an incredible, beautiful, timeless song.
- Sarah McLachlan

Publicity is a great purifier because it sets in action
the forces of public opinion,
and in this country public opinion controls the courses of the nation.
- Charles Evans Hughes

Nothing so obstinately stands in the way of all sorts
of progress as pride of opinion.
While nothing is so foolish and baseless.
- J. G. Holland

My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion
of all the ages and the thought of his own.
- Thomas Hardy

Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion,
has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift
or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior.
- Mary McCarthy

I accrued anger from people's low opinion of me and my work,
and for the work I might be capable of.
- Harrison Ford

No minister ever stood, or could stand,
against public opinion.
- Robert Peel

I think the actions of the president are,
in my opinion, the most vile and hateful words ever
spoken by a sitting president.
I am stunned and I'm horrified.
- Rosie O'Donnell

Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon
find themselves exterminating dissenters.
Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the
unanimity of the graveyard.
- Robert Jackson

The particular article ought in my opinion to be treated with absolute contempt.
It is too vile to touch.
- Emma Lazarus

It's important to show that, while authorizing the
demonstrations and promoting diversity of opinion,
the Republic can't allow itself to be undermined from within.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

None of us whether Men or Women but have so good an
Opinion of our own Conduct as to believe we are fit,
if not to direct others, at least to govern our selves.
- Mary Astell

Idolatry is in a man's own thought, not in the opinion of another.
- John Selden


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