This is the inevitable fate of the sentimentalist. All his opinions change into their opposites at the first brush of reality.
Nothing is more deceitful, than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.
Opinion considers the opposition of what is true and false quite rigid, and, confronted with a philosophical system, it expects agreement or contradiction. And in an explanation of such a system, opinion still expects to find one or the other.
You expect me to account for opinions which you chuse to call mine, but which I have never acknowledged.
We often contradict an opinion when it is really only the tone in which it is expressed that is unsympathetic to us.[Man widerspricht oft einer Meinung, während uns eigentlich nur der Ton, mit dem sie vorgetragen wurde, unsympathisch ist.]
There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.
The things people say of a man do not alter a man. He is what he is. Public opinion is of no value whatsoever.
The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holder’s lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.
The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture, and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink.