Quotable #47: Change of Opinion


“When a man talks on any subject, he rather expresses the opinions of his garb or his fraternity, than his own, and will change them as often as he changes his situation and circumstances.” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Julie, or the New Heloise, 1861

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7 thoughts on “Quotable #47: Change of Opinion

    1. Saying that Rosseau had no goals of his own is wrong. He was one of the most important figures during the Enlightenment period. This is actually a criticism against the people of that period who would blindly listen to the higher ups (kings, religious figures, etc.) without any thought and this is applicable even in these days.

      He rejected senseless conformity and he had a lot to say about the subject.

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  1. Basically, we change our opinions to match what best suits us and the circumstances. It’s a parroting back of opinions rather than an expressing of one’s own – a route so chosen not due to lack of ideas, but inability to craft one’s own argument. It reminds me of a fair weather fan.

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