July 18, 2019

Curmudgeon Corner


cur-mudg-eon (cur-muj’un), n. [origin unknown]
1. archaic: a crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man.
2. modern: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner.

This month’s subject: OPINIONS

“Ten gods cannot change the opinion of one fool, especially if another fool agrees with him.” Abraham Miller

“There is nothing in the world so easy as giving an opinion; consequently, in general, there are few things so utterly valueless.” Charles William Day

“At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice.” Gore Vidal

“The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes in its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered.” Samuel Butler

“There are as many opinions as there are experts.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Few have opinions: fewer still have their own opinions.” Ivan Panin

“We want at least a modicum of intellectual honesty, and the man who shuffles his opinions in order to match ours is seen through quickly. We want none of him.” Elbert Hubbard

“The greatest deception which men incur proceeds from their opinions.” Leonardo da Vinci

“Men will die for an opinion as soon as for anything else.” William Hazlitt

“The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.” William Blake

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” Bertrand Russell

“You tell me whar a man gits his corn pone, en I’ll tell you what his ‘pinions is.” Mark Twain

“I have opinions of my own — strong opinions — but I don’t always agree with them. George W. Bush

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