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"Courage means going against majority opinion in the name of the truth." - Vaclav Havel

"The deadliest contagion is majority opinion." - Henry S Haskins

"Tradition is a prison with majority opinion the modern jailer." - Henry S Haskins

"And that which yesterday was the novel opinion of one man, to-day becomes the general opinion of the majority." - Leo Tolstoy

"Truth is never determined by majority opinion, but by divine revelation." - Steve Lawson

"There is no test of literary merit except survival, which is itself an index to majority opinion." - George Orwell

"The opinion of the majority is not lightly to be rejected; but neither is it to be carelessly echoed." - George Henry Lewes

"...majority Patriotism is the customary Patriotism." - Mark Twain

"One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson

"The minority yields to the majority!" - Deng Xiaoping

"To say then, the majority are wicked, means no malice, no bad heart in the observer, but, simply that the majority are unripe, andhave not yet come to themselves, do not yet know their opinion." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Once upon a time supporters of the Steinitz-Tarrasch school had a very high opinion of a queen-side pawn majority. Modern strategy on the other hand categorically denies that such a majority is an independent factor of any importance." - Alexander Kotov

"We respect opposition to any position or policy. But we believe that the opinion that should prevail and be respected is that of the majority." - King Hussein

"I created hoaxes. I confronted and challenged the majority opinion. I attacked, humiliated, and criticized the voice of the corporate mainstream media." - Joey Skaggs

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

"The majority is the best way, because it is visible, and has strength to make itself obeyed. Yet it is the opinion of the least able." - Blaise Pascal

"The majority of people who fail to accumulate money sufficient for their needs are, generally, easily influenced by the opinion of others." - Napoleon Hill

"Based on current surveys of public opinion in the United States, it turns out that the majority of Americans think I've done a pretty good job." - Barack Obama

"I would rather err with the majority than in my own way. So thought St Augustine. I am of the reverse opinion." - Karlheinz Deschner

"We respect opposition to any position or policy. But we believe that the opinion that should prevail and be respected is that of the majority." - King Hussein I

"[We are] no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men." - Woodrow Wilson

"The opinion of the majority or the minority is of no importance! The important thing is the opinion of the Truth, of the Reason, of the Logic, of the High Intelligence!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Some of our problems can no more be solved correctly by majority opinion than can a problem in arithmetic and there are few problems that cannot be solved according to what is just and right without resort to popular opinion." - Henry Latham Doherty

"The conception that government should be guided by majority opinion makes sense only if that opinion is independent of government. The ideal of democracy rests on the belief that the view which will direct government emerges from an independent and spontaneous process. It requires, therefore, the existence of a large sphere independent of majority control in which the opinions of the individuals are formed." - Friedrich August von Hayek

"It is only because the majority opinion will always be opposed by some that our knowledge and understanding progress... it is always from a minority acting in ways different from what the majority would prescribe that the majority in the end learns to do better." - Friedrich August von Hayek

"Don't let your opinion sway your judgment." - Samuel Goldwyn

"Difference of opinion is helpful in religion." - Thomas Jefferson

"The universe is transformation: life is opinion." - Marcus Aurelius

"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

"Global warming activists claim a serious public concern presently exists and the overwhelming majority of scientists agrees humans are creating a global warming crisis. The survey of AMS meteorologists, however, shows no such overwhelming majority exists. Indeed, to the extent we can assign a majority scientific opinion to whether all the necessary components of a global warming crisis exist, the AMS survey shows the majority does not agree humans are creating a global warming crisis." - James Taylor

"The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Was there ever a time when the majority was right?" - Robert A Heinlein

"Every possible opinion is authored about everything. What's going to eventually happen is someone will look back on this period and have to sift through it. The overwhelming majority of those opinions are going to be ignored, because if every opinion is being offered, really no opinion is being offered." - Chuck Klosterman

"Power is the queen of the world, not opinion; but opinion makes use of power." - Blaise Pascal

"The bad workmen who form the majority of the operatives in many branches of industry are decidedly of opinion that bad workmen ought to receive the same wages as good." - John Stuart Mill

"Perhaps the best known, and certainly the most vaunted, "discovery" of modern public opinion research is the indifference and ignorance of a majority of the electorate in western democracies." - Moses Finley

"In the long run the ideas of the majority, however detrimental they may be, will carry on. The future of mankind depends on the ability of the elite to influence public opinion in the right direction." - Ludwig Von Mises

"Too often an institution serves to bless the majority opinion. Today when too many move to the rhythmic beat of the status quo, whoever would be a Christian must be a nonconformist." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The young [Nazi] movement is in its nature and inner organization anti-parliamentarian; that is, it rejects... a principle of majority rule in which the leader is degraded to the level of mere executant of other people's wills and opinion." - Adolf Hitler

"In business, as in politics, it is never easy to go against the beliefs and attitudes held by the majority. The businessman who moves counter to the tide of prevailing opinion must expect to be obstructed, derided and damned." - J Paul Getty

"Emmanuel Macron wants to see changes in France and we support him in that. Macron has proven his courage by leading an election campaign friendly to Europe and reform against the majority opinion of the Socialist Party." - Wolfgang Schauble

"Scientific method isn't about winning popularity contests. It's also not about being with the majority opinion. It isn't supposed be determined by politics. It is about attempting to limit bias or prejudice in the results." - David A. Ridenour

"In America, the majority raises very formidable barriers to the liberty of opinion: within these barriers an author may write whatever he pleases, but he will repent it if he ever step beyond them." - Alexis De Tocqueville

"From the sun-drenched south slopes of Gris, where grow the finest grapes this world has seen. Is mine an informed opinion, you are wondering? Most assuredly so, lass, since I hold a majority interest in said vineyards -" - Steven Erikson

"Perhaps the best known, and certainly the most vaunted, discovery of modern public opinion research is the indifference and ignorance of a majority of the electorate in western democracies." - Moses I. Finley

"According to recent opinion polls, a large majority of Iraqis believe that the U.S. military has no intention to leave Iraq, and that it would stay even is asked by the Iraqi government to leave." - John Conyers

"In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them." - Alexis De Tocqueville

"In my opinion, the vast majority of scripts written - as well as most movies that are released - are not very original, well-written, or interesting. It has always been that way, and I think it always will be." - Viggo Mortensen

"There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current one, that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong." - James Madison

"While majority opinion may not take kindly to forms of modern art, that same majority has also been hostile to most original and radical innovations, such as automobiles or airplanes or transatlantic cables or Protestantism or the theory that the earth is round and not flat." - Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

"The French under the old monarchy held it for a maxim that the king could do no wrong . The Americans entertain the same opinion with respect to the majority.... If ever the free institutions of America are destroyed, that event may be attributed to the omnipotence of the majority." - Alexis De Tocqueville

"The first opinion the Court ever filed has a dissenting opinion. Dissent is a tradition of this Court... When someone is writing for the Court, he hopes to get eight others to agree with him, so many of the majority opinions are rather stultified." - William O Douglas

"It is only because the majority opinion will always be opposed by some that our knowledge and understanding progress. In the process by which opinion is formed, it is very probable that, by the time any view becomes a majority view, it is no longer the best view: somebody will already have advanced beyond the point which the majority have reached. It is because we do not yet know which of the many competing new opinions will prove itself the best that we wait until it has gained sufficient support." - Friedrich August von Hayek

"The issue may well simmer down to whether the judgment of the courts of the United States, the executive arm of the United States, and, in fact though not in form, the apparent opinion of the great majority of the United States, considers essential this economic readjustment; or whether the nine old men of the Supreme Court are entitled to form their own opinion about it and to upset a movement of national scope solely on that opinion." - Adolf A. Berle, Jr.

"Some men plant an opinion they seem to erradicate." - George Herbert

"Most men are not scolded out of their opinion." - Martin Van Buren

"One had rather have no opinion than a false one." - Thomas Jefferson

"My good opinion once lost is lost forever." - Jane Austen

"The world is mere change, and this life, opinion." - Marcus Aurelius

"What is the government? Nothing, unless supported by opinion." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Black Sabbath invented heavy metal, in my opinion." - Eddie Trunk

"Majorities can be wrong, majorities can overrule rights of minorities. If majorities ruled, we could still have slavery. 80% of the population once enslaved 20% of the population. While run by majority rule that is ok. That is very flawed notion of what democracy is. Democracy has to take into account several things - proportionate requirements of people, not just needs of the majority, but also needs of the minority. Majority, especially in societies where the media manipulates public opinion, can be totally wrong and evil. People have to act according to conscience and not by majority vote." - Howard Zinn

"Force and not opinion is the queen of the world; but it is opinion that uses the force." - Blaise Pascal

"The court doesn't follow public opinion. The court's views are radically out of step with public opinion." - Ted Cruz

"I speak what appears to me the general opinion; and where an opinion is general, it is usually correct." - Jane Austen

"If somebody asks for my opinion, I tell them my opinion, whether it's what they want to hear or not." - Payne Stewart

"The justification of majority rule in politics is not to be found in its ethical superiority." - Walter Lippmann

"Step through new doors. The majority of the time there's something fantastic on the other side." - Oprah Winfrey

"Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority." - Albert Camus

"The majority of pop stars are complete idiots in every respect." - Marquis De Sade

"The truth is not always the same as the majority decision." - Pope John Paul Ii

"Second, recent polls over there show that the majority of Iraqis want us to leave precipitously." - William Eldridge Odom

"When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"The majority is wicked." - Bias of Priene

"Life is the desert, life the solitude, death joins us to the great majority." - Edward Young

"The great silent majority." - Richard M. Nixon

"Don't listen to the prevailing majority points of view. If you have new ideas, push them." - Leroy Hood

"If I think about most of America, and maybe I'm terribly wrong...but I think most of America would say that they're not in favor of gay marriage. But there is certainly a large cohort, not a majority but a large number of people, who are articulate and vocal and they'd rally behind this. They're making their opinion known." - Tim Gunn

"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a wide-spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible." - Bertrand Russell

"I am personally acquainted with hundreds of journalists, and the opinion of the majority of them would not be worth tuppence in private, but when they speak in print it is the newspaper that is talking (the pygmy scribe is not visible) and then their utterances shake the community like the thunders of prophecy." - Mark Twain

"Since the market tends to go in the opposite direction of what the majority of people think, I would say 95% of all these people you hear on TV shows are giving you their personal opinion. And personal opinions are almost always worthless ... facts and markets are far more reliable." - William O'Neil

"My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line, and kiss my ass." - Christopher Hitchens

"I am a most unhappy man. I accidentally ruined my country. A great industrial nation is now controlled by its system of credit. Our government is no longer based on the freedom of opinion, nor on the conviction and the majority decision, it is now a government which is subjected to the conviction and the compulsion of a small group of dominant men." - Woodrow Wilson

"Any attempts by any government to change Community legislation to its own wishes are doomed to failure following the extension of policy areas now subject to majority voting... In our opinion, this must have serious implications for the traditional view of Parliament as a legislative body sovereignty." - Margaret Thatcher

"A majority of Israelis want to give up the West Bank for peace, and obviously the same thing is desired by the Palestinians. The strong voice of the president of the United States will have a major impact on public opinion, not only in this country, but also in Israel and also in Palestine." - Reza Aslan

"There's a big gap between public opinion polls and the vote in Washington, in Congress. The majority consciousness has changed, and often that has made very clear, practical changes in our daily lives, but the centers of power are still not occupied, for the most part, by this new consciousness." - Gloria Steinem

"By a merciful dispensation of Providence university training is almost as costly as it is unprofitable. The majority will thus be always unable to afford it, and will base their opinions on mother wit and current opinion rather than on demonstration." - Samuel Butler (novelist)

"What puzzles me most is your criticism that he showed 'no sense of engagement'. I haven't met the expression before, and feel bound to comment on its totalitarian tang. Engagement not with the truth as the speaker apprehends it, but with the alleged opinion of the majority of listeners." - E M Forster

"My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line and kiss my ass." - Christopher Hitchens

"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible." - Bertrand Russell

"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widely spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible." - Bertrand Russell

"For those of us who originally disagreed with ObamaCare and now disagree with the majority opinion of the SCOTUS, the challenge remains the same as it would have been had the Court ruled otherwise. We need to elect Mitt Romney and House and Senate majorities that will repeal ObamaCare and replace it with free-market, pro-liberty solutions." - Bob Beauprez

"I'm not of the opinion that all software will be open source software. There is certain software that fits a niche that is only useful to a particular company or person: for example, the software immediately behind a web site's user interface. But the vast majority of software is actually pretty generic." - Brian Behlendorf

"Every year I hear people complain that the quality of screenplays and movies is declining. In my opinion, the vast majority of scripts written - as well as most movies that are released - are not very original, well-written, or interesting. It has always been that way, and I think it always will be." - Viggo Mortensen

"While it's very hard to know exactly how to measure public opinion there, because there's no really good polling, the fact of the matter is that in all the polls I've seen the vast majority of the Iraqis prefer to be free and are pleased that the coalition freed them." - Paul Bremer

"Since the market tends to go in the opposite direction of what the majority of people think, I would say 95% of all these people you hear on TV shows are giving you their personal opinion. And personal opinions are almost always worthless ... facts and markets are far more reliable." - William O'Neil

"Given that everyone is giving you their own opinion about him, I think the only opinion you should listen to is yours." - Taylor Swift

"He (Cato) never gave his opinion in the Senate upon any other point whatever, without adding these words, And, in my opinion Carthage should be destroyed." - Plutarch

"I just never let anything bother me, man. I know myself really well. Nobody's opinion of me can shake my opinion of myself." - Ruben Studdard

"The vast majority of the world knows there's no reason to circumcise. Someone should tell the doctors." - Penn Jillette

"If it adapts itself to what the majority of our society wants, art will be a meaningless recreation." - Albert Camus

"The laughers are a majority." - Alexander Pope

"A majority can do anything." - Joseph Gurney Cannon

"The majority is always sane." - Larry Niven

"Now I have known Sen. Bill Frist, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, since he was born." - John Jay Hooker

"There are in fact two things, science and opinion. The former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance." - Hippocrates

"The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion." - John F Kennedy

"Our enemies' opinion of us comes closer to the truth than our own." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"We should allow others' excellences, to preserve a modest opinion of our own." - Isaac Barrow

"My opinion is that you never find happiness until you stop looking for it." - Zhuangzi

"Very often the opinion of the clients must be disregarded in their own interest." - John Mercer Johnson

"The flag is a flag of liberty of opinion as well as of political liberty." - Woodrow Wilson

"Go, wiser thou! and in thy scale of sense weigh thy opinion against Providence." - Alexander Pope

"You know, its really strange now with the Internet, with everyone having an unsolicited, anonymous opinion." - Jeff Daniels

"You have a right to your opinion and I've got a right to mine. Period." - Pete Seeger

"It is no good any longer to have any opinion upon anything." - Anthony Trollope

"But fish not with this melancholy bait For this fool gudgeon, this opinion." - William Shakespeare

"Every man speaks of public opinion, and means by public opinion, public opinion minus his opinion." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Opinion is the great, indeed the only coordinating force in our system." - Woodrow Wilson

"But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle." - Thomas Jefferson

"Men should allow others' excellences, to preserve a modest opinion of their own." - Isaac Barrow

"It is not often that an opinion is worth expressing, which cannot take care of itself." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"With us law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion." - Wendell Phillips

"Less opinion, more perspective." - Lil B

"Everything is mere opinion." - Marcus Aurelius

"public opinion, the sum of private opinions, does matter, can matter often for good." - Sybille Bedford

"While public opinion might sway back and forth, right and wrong do not." - Andy Andrews

"Opinion is usually something which people have when they lack comprehensive information." - Idries Shah

"When I want your opinion, I'll remove the duct tape.-T-SHIRT" - Darynda Jones

"I want your opinion.? ?That,? Adrian said, ?is not something I hear a lot.?" - Richelle Mead

"Time obliterates the fictions of opinion and confirms the decisions of nature." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Public opinion wins wars." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"...reasoning will never make a man correct an ill opinion, which by reasoning he never acquired..." - Jonathan Swift

"My opinion is that anybody offended by breastfeeding is staring too hard." - David Allen

"The feeling is often the deeper truth, the opinion the more superficial one." - Augustus Hare

"Under democracy, individual liberty of opinion and action is jealously guarded." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The only force at the disposal of democracy is that of public opinion." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Journalism has a distinct place in familiarizing and expressing public opinion." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The Lord's truth is not altered by fads, trends or public opinion." - David A Bednar

"Leaders are responsible not for running public opinion polls but for the consequences of their actions." - Henry A Kissinger

"The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours." - Elisabeth Kublerross

"Have a definite opinion." - William Safire

"Knowledge is true opinion." - Plato

"Everyone has an opinion." - Paul Walker

"In my opinion, there is no aspect of reality beyond the reach of the human mind." - Stephen Hawking

"Vatican City is a bit overrated in my opinion - no offence to the Vatican." - Ed Stoppard

"No man e'er felt the halter draw, With good opinion of the law." - John Trumbull

"I agree with no one's opinion. I have some of my own." - Ivan Turgenev

"Party is organized opinion." - Benjamin Disraeli

"With the greatest respect, we do not make the criminal law on the basis of opinion polls. A majority of 9:1 could be in favour of a ban in my constituency, but I would not regard that as conclusive, and I hope that we never would. If we start having opinion polls about all the unpleasant and distasteful habits and customs of some members of society, and suggesting that their findings should be made part of the criminal law, foxhunting would come way down the list, and quite a lot of strange enactments would have to go through the House." - Kenneth Clarke



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