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.
  • 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. 

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