Obstinacy is acting in a manner characterized by stubbornly adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course, usually with implied unreasonableness.
- 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.
- We sometimes speak of stubborn facts. Nonsense! A fact is a mere babe when compared with a stubborn theory.
- Samuel McChord Crothers, The Gentle Reader (1903) p. 277
- 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.
- Klopsch, Louis, 1852-1910 (1896). Many Thoughts of Many Minds.