The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.
So long as there are earnest believers in the world, they will always wish to punish opinions, even if their judgment tells them it is unwise and their conscience that it is wrong.
A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.
Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits.
What we opprobriously call stupidity, though not an enlivening quality in common society, is nature's favorite resource for preserving steadiness of conduct and consistency of opinion.
Stupidity is nature's favorite resource for preserving consistency of opinion.
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