One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
‘There are as many opinions as there are men’: expressing the fact that there is considerable diversity of opinion, and the difficulty of bringing about agreement.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Taverner (?1505–1575), translator and evangelical reformer. From classical Latin quot hominēs tot sententiae there are as many opinions as there are men from quot how many + hominēs, plural of homō man + tot so many + sententiae, plural of sententia.
quot homines tot sententiae/ˌkwɒt ˈhɒmɪneɪz ˌtɒt sɛnˈtɛntɪʌɪ/
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