so many men, so many opinions

Cf. TERENCE Phormio II. iv. quot homines tot sententiae, so many men, so many opinions; mid 14th-cent. Fr. que tant de testes, tant de sens, so many heads, so many opinions.

c 1390 CHAUCER Squire’s Tale 1. 203 As many heddes, as manye wittes ther been.

1483 Vulgaria abs Terencio Q3v Many men many opinyons. Euery man has his guyse.

1692 R. L’ESTRANGE Fables of Aesop ccclviii. So many Men, so many Minds; and this Diversity of Thought must necessarily be attended with Folly, Vanity, and Error.

1754 RICHARDSON Grandison VI. xx. Doctors differ. So many persons, so many minds.

1924 ‘A. CARP’ Augustus Carp, Esq. xii. They were all those things, and they would remember the old saying, so many men, so many opinions.


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