In the first place the historian describes the activity of individuals who in his opinion have directed humanity (one historian considers only monarchs, generals, and ministers as being such men, while another includes also orators, learned men, reformers, philosophers, and poets).
In 1 457 King Ladislas died suddenly, and public opinion from an early period accused Podébrad of having poisoned him.
What we should not try to do, in my opinion, is give them human traits.
However, if it were stigmatized, and public opinion dramatically and pervasively changed, that would force policy change.
The foregoing opinion as to the dual parentage of our domesticated cats receives support from observations made many years ago by E.
A man who simply wished to retain his lucrative post would today agree with Pfuel, tomorrow with his opponent, and the day after, merely to avoid responsibility or to please the Emperor, would declare that he had no opinion at all on the matter.
That is the question on which I want your opinion, and he sank back in his chair.
Public opinion is a powerful force, and if it is generally a force for peace, then the web magnifies it.
And now, from the hints contained in his letter and given by the little princess, he saw which way the wind was blowing, and his low opinion changed into a feeling of contemptuous ill will.
But after a while, just as a jury comes out of its room, the bigwigs who guided the club's opinion reappeared, and everybody began speaking clearly and definitely.
More recent studies have served to produce a fairer and more honest opinion of Leo X.
He acted with good sense and moderation, and, although by no means a believer in democratic ideas, he saw the necessity of satisfying public opinion and frankly gave his support to larger measures of reform.
After all, public opinion may just as easily be stirred up in favor of war as against it.
In my opinion perpetual peace is possible but--I do not know how to express it... not by a balance of political power....
And in proof of the conclusiveness of his opinion all the wrinkles vanished from his face.
Prince Vasili expressed his opinion more openly.
Boris, speaking with deliberation, told them in pure, correct French many interesting details about the armies and the court, carefully abstaining from expressing an opinion of his own about the facts he was recounting.
He was anxiously sensitive about the opinion of others, eager for their sympathy and regard, and, in general, impressionable to their influence.
It seems very strange to me that there should be this difference of opinion; I cannot understand how any one interested in our education can fail to appreciate the satisfaction we feel in being able to express our thoughts in living words.
Reply: yes or no," he shouted, "and then I shall reserve the right to state my opinion also.
Yes, my opinion, and only my opinion, added Prince Bolkonski, turning to Prince Vasili and answering his imploring look.
To this Prince Andrew answered with a smile that he could give no opinion on such an important government order, and Berg laughed gaily.
He firmly and clearly expresses his opinion to Kutuzov, to Weyrother, and to the Emperors.
Better die a thousand times than risk receiving an unkind look or bad opinion from him, Rostov decided; and sorrowfully and with a heart full despair he rode away, continually looking back at the Tsar, who still remained in the same attitude of indecision.
Toward morning all these dreams melted and merged into the chaos and darkness of unconciousness and oblivion which in the opinion of Napoleon's doctor, Larrey, was much more likely to end in death than in convalescence.
The men who set the tone in conversation--Count Rostopchin, Prince Yuri Dolgorukov, Valuev, Count Markov, and Prince Vyazemski--did not show themselves at the club, but met in private houses in intimate circles, and the Moscovites who took their opinions from others--Ilya Rostov among them--remained for a while without any definite opinion on the subject of the war and without leaders.
Whatever the European sovereigns and commanders may do to countenance Bonaparte, and to cause me, and us in general, annoyance and mortification, our opinion of Bonaparte cannot alter.
I think so... but as you please, said Princess Mary, evidently intimidated and confused that her opinion had prevailed.
This is the battle of Pultusk, which is considered a great victory but in my opinion was nothing of the kind.
Speranski related how at the Council that morning a deaf dignitary, when asked his opinion, replied that he thought so too.
Having finished his inquiries and extorted from Daniel an opinion that the hounds were fit (Daniel himself wished to go hunting), Nicholas ordered the horses to be saddled.
Try to emphasize your main idea so that readers will always know what your opinion is.
The abbe, a well-fed man with a plump, clean-shaven chin, a pleasant firm mouth, and white hands meekly folded on his knees, sat close to Helene and, with a subtle smile on his lips and a peaceful look of delight at her beauty, occasionally glanced at her face as he explained his opinion on the subject.
Only Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimova, who had come to Petersburg that summer to see one of her sons, allowed herself plainly to express an opinion contrary to the general one.
His feverish state and the inflammation of his bowels, which were injured, were in the doctor's opinion sure to carry him off.
And Pierre felt that their opinion placed responsibilities upon him.
So it came about that at the council at Malo-Yaroslavets, when the generals pretending to confer together expressed various opinions, all mouths were closed by the opinion uttered by the simple-minded soldier Mouton who, speaking last, said what they all felt: that the one thing needful was to get away as quickly as possible; and no one, not even Napoleon, could say anything against that truth which they all recognized.
And Napoleon, escaping home in a warm fur coat and leaving to perish those who were not merely his comrades but were (in his opinion) men he had brought there, feels que c'est grand, *(2) and his soul is tranquil.
But how did that old man, alone, in opposition to the general opinion, so truly discern the importance of the people's view of the events that in all his activity he was never once untrue to it?
Kutuzov alone would not see this and openly expressed his opinion that no fresh war could improve the position or add to the glory of Russia, but could only spoil and lower the glorious position that Russia had gained.
Princess Mary did not express her opinion of Pierre nor did Natasha speak of him.
In dealing with this period they sternly condemn the historical personages who, in their opinion, caused what they describe as the reaction.