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Simon Conway Morris Quotes and Sayings

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It is my opinion that human history can make no sense
unless evil doings are recognized for what they are,
and that they are bearable only if somehow they may be redeemed.
- Simon Conway Morris

By obtaining a sense of its place in the unfolding drama of life,
set in an ecological theatre, so we can understand
why it has become one of the leading players.
- Simon Conway Morris

The Burgess Shale is not unique, but for those who
study evolution and fossils it has become something of an icon.
It provides a reference point and a benchmark,
a point of common discussion and an issue of universal scientific interest.
- Simon Conway Morris

Evolution is true, it happens, it is the way the world is,
and we too are one of its products.
This does not mean that evolution does not have metaphysical implications;
I remain convinced that this is the case.
- Simon Conway Morris

 

If there were a clear prospect that such evils were
part of a barbarian past,
then at least we might find a small crumb of comfort.
No such prospect exists: no scientific analysis can
even remotely answer or account for past and present
horrors of human behaviour.
- Simon Conway Morris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is no truth, only human opinion.
- Anonymous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The world is governed by opinion.
- William Ellery Channing

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

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

They can say I have an opinion about something.
- Dan Abrams

By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall
be protected in doing what he believes is his duty
against the influence of authority and majorities,
custom and opinion.
- John Acton

We have hardly an adequate idea how all-powerful law
is in forming public opinion,
in giving tone and character to the mass of society.
- Ernestine Rose

In my opinion we are at the limit now,
and 17 races is really too much.
With all the testing that we do now,
it means we're always on the bike and it's quite difficult.
- Valentino Rossi

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not
having any opinion at all.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
- Thomas Carlyle

We have a right, also, in various ways,
to act upon our unfavorable opinion of anyone,
not to the oppression of his individuality,
but in the exercise of ours.
- John Stuart Mill

The cleverest of all, in my opinion,
is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

The trouble, in my opinion, with corporate America today,
is that everything is thought of in quarters.
- Henry Kravis

Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth
filtered through the moods,
the blood, the disposition of the spectator.
- Wendell Phillips

The movie adaptations of stage musicals that I've seen,
without exception, in my opinion don't work.
A lot of people would disagree with me.
- Stephen Sondheim

Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers.
My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
- Kate O'Brien

He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
- Leo Tolstoy

Business leaders shape public opinion.
- Marvin Bower

We never waste space saying, "On the one hand."
We just state an opinion in a Godlike voice.
- Arthur Christiansen

I don't want to bash Bill and Hillary,
because they're friends of mine, but I do have a difference
of opinion about how to take back the House and the Senate.
- Dennis Kucinich

He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still.
- Samuel Butler

During the early months of the war in 1914 there was
a conflict of opinion between the War Office and the
Foreign Office regarding news from the Front.
- Philip Gibbs

The antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion
is not assurance of its truth.
- Pierre Bayle

Entrenched scriptural literalism is,
in my opinion,
completely out of touch with reality.
- Malcolm Boyd

Knowledge is true opinion.
- Plato

Everyone is entitled to our opinion.
- Tre Cool

Public opinion polls are rather like children in a garden,
digging things up all the time to see how they're growing.
- J. B. Priestley

The reader deserves an honest opinion.
If he doesn't deserve it, give it to him anyhow.
- John Ciardi


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