The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.
The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity.
'Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause,-and of obstinacy in a bad one.
Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect.
One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.
Obstinacy is ever most positive when it is most in the wrong.
Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.
Obstinacy and vehemency in opinion are the surest proofs of stupidity.
May God in his mercy enable us without obstinacy to perceive our errors.
Narrowness of mind is often the cause of obstinacy; we do not easily believe beyond what we see.
I believe that obstinacy, or the dread of control and discipline, arises not so much from self-willedness as from a conscious defect of voluntary power; as foolhardiness is not seldom the disguise of conscious timidity.
They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.
A narrow mind begets obstinacy; we do not easily believe what we cannot see.
Obstinacy and contention are common qualities, most appearing in, and best becoming, a mean and illiterate soul.
Who is so deaf or so blind as is he that willfully will neither hear nor see?
And certainly, the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we are so fond of it.
Love is the only fire that is hot enough to melt the iron obstinacy of a creatures's will.
Obstinacy and heat in argument are surest proofs of folly. Is there anything so stubborn, obstinate, disdainful, contemplative, grave, or serious, as an ass?
Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.