“In Zen, you drop off all the stuff you don’t need- your worries, fears, opinions, preconceptions, attachments because you really don’t need them!
Complete Idiots Guide to Zen Living” –
“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice”
“New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.”
In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions
are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without
examination, from authorities who have not themselves
examined the questions at issue but have taken them at
second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions
about them were not worth a brass farthing.
— Mark Twain
The opinion which other people have
of you is their problem, not yours.
— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
But opinions, judgements, memories, dreaming about the future–ninety percent of the thoughts spinning around in our heads have no essential reality. — Charlotte J. Beck
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
-Oscar Wilde, De Profundis, 1905