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Cesare Bonesana Marchese di Beccaria – The spirit of the law

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Cesare Bonesana Marchese di BeccariaThere is nothing more dangerous than the common axiom ‘the spirit of the laws is to be considered’. To adopt it is to give way to the torrent of opinions. This may seem a paradox to vulgar minds, which are more strongly affected by the smallest disorder before their eyes, than by the most pernicious though remote consequences produced by one false principle adopted by a nation.

Cesare Bonesana Marchese di Beccaria   (1738-1794)
An Essay on Crimes and Punishments

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John F. Kennedy – The great enemy of truth

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John F. KennedyFor the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

John F. Kennedy   (1917-1963)

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John Locke – New opinions are always suspect

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John LockeNew opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.

John Locke   (1632-1704)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – It is easy to live after the world’s opinion

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Ralph Waldo EmersonIt is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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Fred Astaire – When working on choreography

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Fred AstaireWhen working on my choreography I am not always receptive to outside suggestions or opinions. I believe that if you have something in mind in the way of a creation, such as a new dance, a sequence, or an effect, you are certain to come up with inaccurate criticism and damaging results if you go around asking for opinions.

Fred Astaire  

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Blaise Pascal – The queen of error

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Blaise PascalThat queen of error, whom we call fancy and opinion, is the more deceitful because she does not always deceive. She would be the infallible rule of truth if she were the infallible rule of falsehood; but being only most frequently in error, she gives no evidence of her real quality, for she marks with the same character both that which is true and that which is false.

Blaise Pascal  

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Steve Jobs – Do not waste your limited time

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Steve JobsYour time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary

Steve Jobs   (1955-2011)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – Meek young men group up in libraries

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Ralph Waldo EmersonMeek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views, which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries when they wrote these books.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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David Hume – Government founded only on opinion

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David HumeIt is on opinion only that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the most free and most popular.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

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Oscar Wilde – Most people are other people

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Oscar WildeMost people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

Oscar Wilde   (1854-1900)

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