„He who has an opinion of his own, but depends upon the opinion and taste of others, is a slave.“

As quoted in Day's Collacon: an Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations (1884), p. 639

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deutscher Autor und Dichter 1724 - 1803

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„The greater the man, the less is he opinionative, he depends upon events and circumstances.“

—  Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821

Quelle: Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts (1848), p. 146

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„Our civil rights have no dependence upon our religious opinions more than our opinions in physics or geometry.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826

A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, Chapter 82 (1779). Published in The Works of Thomas Jefferson in Twelve Volumes http://oll.libertyfund.org/ToC/0054.php, Federal Edition, Paul Leicester Ford, ed., New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1904, Vol. 1 http://oll.libertyfund.org/Texts/Jefferson0136/Works/0054-01_Bk.pdf, pp. 438–441. Comparison of Jefferson's proposed draft and the bill enacted http://web.archive.org/web/19990128135214/http://www.geocities.com/Athens/7842/bill-act.htm
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Variante: Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry...
Quelle: The Statute Of Virginia For Religious Freedom
Kontext: Well aware that the opinions and belief of men depend not on their own will, but follow involuntarily the evidence proposed to their minds; that Almighty God hath created the mind free, and manifested his supreme will that free it shall remain by making it altogether insusceptible of restraint; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments, or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, who being lord both of body and mind, yet choose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do, but to exalt it by its influence on reason alone; that the impious presumption of legislature and ruler, civil as well as ecclesiastical, who, being themselves but fallible and uninspired men, have assumed dominion over the faith of others, setting up their own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavoring to impose them on others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world and through all time: That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical; … that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry; and therefore the proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public confidence by laying upon him an incapacity of being called to offices of trust or emolument, unless he profess or renounce this or that religions opinion, is depriving him injudiciously of those privileges and advantages to which, in common with his fellow-citizens, he has a natural right; that it tends also to corrupt the principles of that very religion it is meant to encourage, by bribing with a monopoly of worldly honours and emolumerits, those who will externally profess and conform to it; that though indeed these are criminals who do not withstand such temptation, yet neither are those innocent who lay the bait in their way; that the opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles on supposition of their ill tendency is a dangerous fallacy, which at once destroys all religious liberty, … and finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself; that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.

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„Do not be too much a slave of others' opinions of you!“

—  Adolph Freiherr Knigge, buch Über den Umgang mit Menschen

Über den Umgang mit Menschen (1788)
Kontext: Do not be too much a slave of others' opinions of you! Be self-sufficient! Why, in the end, does the opinion of the whole world trouble you, if you do what you should?

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„So long as you are a slave to the opinions of the many you have not yet approached freedom or tasted its nectar“

—  Julian (emperor) Roman Emperor, philosopher and writer 331 - 363

As quoted in The Works of the Emperor Julian (1923) by Wilmer Cave France Wright, p. 47
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Kontext: So long as you are a slave to the opinions of the many you have not yet approached freedom or tasted its nectar… But I do not mean by this that we ought to be shameless before all men and to do what we ought not; but all that we refrain from and all that we do, let us not do or refrain from merely because it seems to the multitude somehow honorable or base, but because it is forbidden by reason and the god within us.

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„He that complies against his will.
Is of his own opinion still.“

—  Samuel Butler (poet) poet and satirist 1612 - 1680

Canto III, line 547. Sometimes misreported as "is convinced" instead of "complies"; reported in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 11
Quelle: Hudibras, Part III (1678)

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„My father has a high opinion of his opinion“

—  Chelsea Handler, buch Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

Quelle: Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

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„Whoever has an opinion of his own, and honestly expresses it, will be guilty of heresy.“

—  Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899

Heretics and Heresies (1874)
Kontext: Whoever has an opinion of his own, and honestly expresses it, will be guilty of heresy. Heresy is what the minority believe; it is the name given by the powerful to the doctrine of the weak.

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„Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.“

—  Bernard Baruch American businessman 1870 - 1965

Deming Headlight (New Mexico), 6 January 1950, as cited in the Yale Book of Modern Proverbs and at There Are Opinions, And Then There Are Facts; Freakonomics blog post by Fred R. Shapiro http://www.freakonomics.com/2011/08/18/there-are-opinions-and-then-there-are-facts/ (18 August 2011)

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