he that complies against his will is of his own opinion still

1678 S. BUTLER Hudibras III. iii. He that complies against his Will, Is of his own Opinion still; Which he may adhere to, yet disown, For Reasons to himself best known.

1965 M. SPARK Mandelbaum Gate V. No one should submit their mind to another mind: He that complies against his will Is of his own opinion still—that’s my motto. I won’t be brainwashed.

1985 G. V. HIGGINS Penance for Jerry Kennedy xiii. But Ed Maguire did what he did against his own convictions. And what they say is true..‘A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.’


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