Friday, August 27, 2010

Opinions Are Like Belly-Buttons, Everyone's Got One

My opinions are strongly held and expressed (not so much on my blog, I try to keep it neutral). I've come to realize that when I am being forthright with my beliefs, I am often perceived as being opinionated or divisive. I like to debate. Some people take that to mean argumentative. I had to learn who I could get into that kind of conversation with and who I couldn't. People like me don't mean to step on toes. We like to throw around ideas and to hear new ideas.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes on the topic of opinions and ideas:

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. -Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. -Arthur Schopenhauer

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. -Aristotle

To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it requires brains. -Mary Pettibone Poole

Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. -Sir Winston Churchill

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. -Sir Winston Churchill

I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity. -Cicero

Great discoveries and achievements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. -Alexander Graham Bell

Ideas are like children; your own are always wonderful. -Anonymous

I don't think everyone has to think like me...but I am surprised sometimes by what people believe.


  1. I've always liked the Winston Churchill quote.

  2. One just remember that everyone is entitled to their opinion. Someone I know believes he is "expressing his opinion"... which I suppose he is... but he does it in an obnoxious bully fashion. Stance, gesture and tone mean so much.

  3. Fine and thoughtful quotes. I tried to pick out a "favorite", but could NOT!

    My defect in this realm is being judgmental. And SO WRONG I (was) am.

    You sound as if you are respectful of others' beliefs. I'm getting there, ever so slow.


  4. i say belly buttons too ... instead of the other.

    tolerance is totally cool to me.

  5. i have many quotes too:this is one of my favourites:
    'never judge a man till you have walked a mile in his moccosins'

    but the one that I have as my mantra nowadays is:
    'thoughts are not facts!'

  6. Dear Stevie, this is exactly why I missed blogging, post such as these. Wonderful! Enjoyed all the quotes and I truly know what you mean.
    My problem I guess is that I tend to get very passionate about my views and even though I do not try to make people take my stand point, I get very angry (sad, frustrated) when they try to change mine.;)
    Hope you have been well, I am back finally after a great time off.;))

  7. These are all great quotes. You are probably a good debater after all you are "listening".

  8. I have loved reading blogs as I have learned SO VERY MUCH about how diverse people are in the way they I think it is all it STRETCHES me and that IS good.

    Great post.

  9. I love to discuss and debate, too! Not everyone will do that...which is sad. I think it's so interesting to hear what people think and why they think that way.

    love the quotes! especially the first one.

  10. Good on you Steviewren. We should all have opinions, and though we shouldn't force them on people we should be willing to share them if invited, don't you think? - Dave

  11. I have been busy this week, not much computer time! Which is good, because it means I was out of the house! I love the dolls! They are so cute! I love the new look of your "rag dolls". The Alabama White House, is so regal! I have never watched "The Bing Bang Theory". I have to join Net Flex, all the video rental stores have closed in my area! There are a lot of Red Boxes, but I think they just have current videos. I wish I was confident enough to get involved and debate current affairs. I have opionions, I just have difficulty expressing myself. Maybe I should take Cicero's advice and just get my opioions out there!

  12. I wish more people understood the difference between FACTS and OPINIONS

  13. Aristotle spoke a lot of sense 2,000 years ago and his quote stands the test of time, for me.

    Great post as usual Steviewren - you always manage to give my 'little grey cells' a work-out!


  14. Hi Stevie!

    I always try to keep an open mind and listen carefully to all the pros and cons in a discussion. The only way to grow our minds are to stretch them.

    It's good to be back from vacation! I have to now catch up with you :) We had a wonderful time in California and I am still buzzing from all the wine I!

    Hope you are enjoying these last days of August!

  15. I'm all for mind stretching!
    The one thing I had to learn about blog conversations/comments is that the other party can't see the twinkle in my eye..... though I can see the twinkle in your eye in your header Stevie.

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