Quotes about obstinacy:
- An obstinate man does not hold opinions, but they hold him; for when he is once possessed with an error, it is, like a devil, only cast out with great difficulty.
- Bishop Joseph Butler, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 437.
- His still refuted quirks he still repeats,
New-raised objections with new quibbles meets;
Till sinking in the quicksand he defends,
He dies disputing, and the contest ends.
- William Cowper, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 437.
- Obstinacy is ever most positive when it is most in the wrong.
- Madame Necker; reported in Louis Klopsch, ed., Many Thoughts of Many Minds: A Treasury of Quotations From the Literature of Every Land and Every Age (1896), p. 195.
- People first abandon reason, and then become obstinate; and the deeper they are in error the more angry they are.
- An obstinate man does not hold opinions, but they hold him.
- Most other passions have their periods of fatigue and rest, their suffering and their cure; but obstinacy has no resource, and the first wound is mortal.
- Narrowness of mind is often the cause of obstinacy; we do not easily believe beyond what we see.
- Obstinacy and vehemency in opinion are the surest proofs of stupidity.
- Klopsch, Louis, 1852-1910 (1896). Many Thoughts of Many Minds.