I did not even choose to dismiss summarily any of the opinions
that had crept into my belief without having been introduced by reason, but first of all took sufficient time carefully to satisfy myself of the general nature of the task I was setting myself, and ascertain the true method by which to arrive at the knowledge of whatever lay within the compass of my powers.
CRITO: But you see, Socrates, that the opinion
of the many must be regarded, for what is now happening shows that they can do the greatest evil to any one who has lost their good opinion
Therefore the end of instruction should be happiness; and happiness is another name for pleasure;-therefore the end of instruction should be pleasure: yet we see the above-mentioned opinion
implies precisely the reverse.
Indeed, I think I may say that you cannot, for your behaviour to him is perfectly cordial, and if THAT were your opinion
, I am sure you could never be civil to him."
But though he had, as we have said, formed his morals on the Platonic model, yet he perfectly agreed with the opinion
of Aristotle, in considering that great man rather in the quality of a philosopher or a speculatist, than as a legislator.
Even if there be no true knowledge, as is proved by 'the wretched state of education,' there may be right opinion
, which is a sort of guessing or divination resting on no knowledge of causes, and incommunicable to others.
"If they had eighty-two wrong opinions
," observed Charley, "I don't see how they could have any right ones."
Of a fourth opinion
the most conspicuous representative was the Tsarevich, who could not forget his disillusionment at Austerlitz, where he had ridden out at the head of the Guards, in his casque and cavalry uniform as to a review, expecting to crush the French gallantly; but unexpectedly finding himself in the front line had narrowly escaped amid the general confusion.
Michel Ardan persuaded his two friends to form an opinion
, and asked them directly if they thought that men and animals were represented in the lunar world.
And yet you were acknowledging a little while ago that knowledge is not the same as opinion
! what class of men have an immense preponderance over the rest of the community, in their power of representing public opinion
in the legislature?
But to enable a prince to form an opinion
of his servant there is one test which never fails; when you see the servant thinking more of his own interests than of yours, and seeking inwardly his own profit in everything, such a man will never make a good servant, nor will you ever be able to trust him; because he who has the state of another in his hands ought never to think of himself, but always of his prince, and never pay any attention to matters in which the prince is not concerned.