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Quotes of the Day for 5 September 2002 – Opinion

Arthur Charles Nielsen was born at Chicago, Illinois on this day in 1897. An engineer by training, he set out to survey the performance and production of industrial equipment. With the decline of manufacturing during the Depression, Nielsen turned to market analysis of the food and pharmaceutical industries, and then to monitoring America's preferences in radio. Like George Gallup, he made a name and a business out of gathering the opinions of the public. Here, then, some thoughts on Opinion.

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The quotes:

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
     - Bernard Baruch, 1870 - 1965

If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.
     - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749 - 1832

Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
     - Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
     - William Blake, 1757 - 1827


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