Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, the most inexhaustible form of magic we have, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it. (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”)
The source of every Crime, is some defect of the Understanding; or some errour in Reasoning, or some sudden force of the Passions. Defect in the Understanding, is Ignorance; in Reasoning, Erroneous Opinion.
Although only a few may originate a policy, we are all able to judge it.
So many men, so many opinions.
Public opinion has come to mean what public opinion polls measure: the vagaries of the public viewpoint at a moment in time, however vague, confused, ill informed and clouded with emotion it may be. Public judgment, on the other hand represents the public’s viewpoint after all elements of mere opinion have been distilled from it. […]
People’s minds are changed through their pockets.
Public opinion is a weak tyrant, compared with our private opinion – what a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates his fate.
All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.
There are two sides to every coin.
Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who holds a low opinion of himself.