Who was the originator of the phrase "strong opinions, weakly held"?
A quick Google search didn't turn up more than just usages of the phrase.
Amelia's point can of course be extended to politics as well, and the general impatience with anything but simple unchanging answers.
- chickadee34Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
According to Bob Sutton, the phrase originated with Paul Saffro, Director of Palo Alto’s Institute for the Future. In a discussion about ‘wisdom, Bob Johansen of the Institute allegedly explained to Bob Sutton that to deal with an uncertain future and still move forward, the Institute advises people to have “strong opinions, which are weakly held.”
However, A.J.P.Taylor wrote back in the mid-1970s that he told the President of Oxford (who had accused him of having “strong political views”) that he merely had “extreme views, weakly held.” Whether the similar phrases arose from mere coincidence is hard to know.Source(s): http://bobsutton.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/07/str... http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/work-matters/2... http://www.saffo.com/journal/entry.php?id=898 http://www.markhneedham.com/blog/2009/08/03/strong... A. J. P. Taylor: “Extreme views weakly held.'" http://www.stat.columbia.edu/~cook/movabletype/arc... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._J._P._Taylor
- 1 decade ago
I think your Question has been answered already, but I wanted to say its a darned lot better than
weak opinions strongly held which seems to be a current theme on some of these pages