[The following items are from a book of assorted topical quotations copyrighted in 1896, and one wonders if the compilers had specific public figures of that day in mind. I know they immediately reminded me of a few prominent contemporaries.]
OBSTINACY.–Obstinacy is ever most positive when it is most in the wrong.–MADAME NECKER.
People first abandon reason, and then become obstinate; and the deeper they are in error the more angry they are.–BLAIR.
An obstinate man does not hold opinions, but they hold him.–POPE.
Most other passions have their periods of fatigue and rest, their suffering and their cure; but obstinacy has no resource, and the first wound is mortal.–THOMAS PAINE.
Narrowness of mind is often the cause of obstinacy; we do not easily believe beyond what we see.
Obstinacy and vehemency in opinion are the surest proofs of stupidity.–BARTON.A