A Quote by Bernard Mannes Baruch on facts, opinions, and people

Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions.  But no man has a right to be wrong about his facts.

Bernard Baruch (1870 - 1965)

Source: Pearls of Wisdom

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on opinions, change, and integrity

Don't let yourself be weighed down by what other people think, because in a few years, in a few decades, or in a few centuries, that way of thinking will have changed.  Live now what others will only live in the future.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 177

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch on stupidity, laziness, ignorance, and opinions

Believe me, many things are attributed to gravity and wisdom which are really due to incapacity and sloth. Men often despise what they despair of obtaining. It is in the very nature of ignorance to scorn what it cannot understand, and to desire to keep others from attaining what it cannot reach. Hence the false judgments upon matters of which we know nothing, by which we evince our envy quite as clearly as our stupidity.

-Francesco di Petracco

Petrarca Petrarch (1304 - 1374)

Source: From a letter to Boccaccio

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A Quote by Herman Hesse on opinions

Opinions mean nothing. They may be beautiful or ugly, clever or foolish, anyone can embrace them or reject them.

Herman Hesse

Source: Siddhartha

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A Quote by Buddha Saying on independent, opinions, lotus, mud, stalk, peace, and world

The one who wanders independent in the world, free from opinions and viewpoints, does not grasp them and enter into disputations and arguments. As the lotus rises on its stalk unsoiled by the mud and the water, so the wise one speaks of peace and is unstained by the opinions of the world.

Buddha Saying

Source: The Sutta Nipata

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A Quote by Anthony De Mello on labels, suffering, truth, opinions, reality, and illusions

The important thing is not to know who "I" is or what "I" is.  You'll never succeed. There are no words for it.  

The important thing is to drop the labels.  

As the Japanese Zen masters say, "Don't seek the truth; just drop your opinions."  Drop your theories; don't seek the truth.  Truth isn't something you search for.  If you stop being opinionated, you would know.  Something similar happens here.  If you drop your labels, you would know.  What do I mean by labels?  Every label you can conceive of except perhaps that of  human being.  I am a human being.  Fair enough; doesn't say very much.  But when you say, "I am successful," that's crazy.  Success is not part of the "I".  

Success is something that comes and goes; it could be here today and gone tomorrow.  That's not "I".  When you said, "I was a success," you were in error; you were plunged into darkness.  You identified yourself with success.  The same thing when you said, "I am a failure, a lawyer, a businessman." You know what's going to happen to you if you identify yourself with these things.  You're going to cling to them, you're going to be worried that they may fall apart, and that's where your suffering comes in.  That is what I meant earlier when I said to you, "If you're suffering, you're asleep." Do you want a sign that you're asleep? Here it is: You're suffering.  Suffering is a sign that you're out of touch with the truth.  Suffering is given to you that you might open your eyes to the truth, that you might understand that there's falsehood somewhere, just as physical pain is given to you so you will understand that there is disease or illness somewhere.  Suffering points out that there is falsehood somewhere.  

Suffering occurs when you clash with reality.  

When your illusions clash with reality when your falsehoods clash with the truth, then you have suffering.  

Otherwise there is no suffering.

Anthony De Mello

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A Quote by Swami Sivananda on tolerance, unity, respect, creeds, views, and opinions

Be tolerant.  Behold the unity of all faiths, cults, creeds and religions.
Respect the views, opinions and sentiments of all.

Swami Sivananda

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A Quote by Swami Sivananda on truth, opinions, and quarrel

There is some truth in everything.
Views and opinions are different aspects.
 Do not quarrel with others.

Swami Sivananda

Contributed by: mimi

A Quote by Abd-Ru-Shin on awakening, spirituality, path, others, opinions, ascension, and transformation

"Only he who bestirs himself can advance spiritually. The fool who uses extraneous aids for this, in the form of the ready-made opinions of others, only walks his path as if on crutches, while ignoring his own healthy limbs."


Source: In the Light of Truth series

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A Quote by Thomas Henry Huxley on mistake, conclusion, opinions, worthless, and badly argued

There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.

Thomas Huxley (1825 - 1895)

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