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Quotations about Belief

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Never believe anything that requires you to hate people who do not believe it. ~Robert Brault,

What matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it. ~Ezra Pound

This is how humans are: we question all our beliefs, except for the ones we really believe, and those we never think to question. ~Orson Scott Card

In the end you regret less the things you believed that weren't true than the things that never came true because you didn't believe. ~Robert Brault,

I'm definitely a believer. There's so much that you couldn't explain, and we waste our time in this lifetime trying to figure it out from a scientific standpoint — sometimes you need to just enjoy the magic of something. ~Jaleel White, on Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, 2017

Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment. ~Seneca

Not believing has a sickness which is believing a little. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

I said to myself, "I cannot possibly believe that;" and as I did so I perceived that I had already believed it a second time. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), translated by Norman Alliston, 1908

He does not believe who does not live according to his belief. ~Thomas Fuller

A skeptic doubts the best authority; an enthusiast is likely to accept the poorest. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Poet at the Breakfast Table, 1872

The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly and desperately drunk with a certain belief. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

An old belief is like an old shoe. We so value its comfort that we fail to notice the hole in it. ~Robert Brault,

Convictions are more dangerous enemies to truth than lies. ~Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), "IX. Man by Himself," Human, All-Too-Human, translated by M.A. Mügge, 1908

Belief stains darker, imprints deeper than truth. ~Terri Guillemets

He who does not know how to believe, should not know. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Today's sad fact: You aren't going to change someone's mind who believes it in their headbone. ~Robert Brault,

Life will magnify what you choose to believe. ~Dodinsky

To spread your belief, you must exude your belief. It is not enough that people hear it from you, they must catch it from you. ~Robert Brault,

Stand aloof from your own opinions; they seek to lure you with an illusive certainty. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "Human Judgment," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940

It is not what a man hears but what he believes that makes him wise or foolish. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

People believe the truth more readily if something difficult of belief or incredible is mixed with it. ~Mark Rutherford (William Hale White)

Zeal in proselytising is often due to an uneasy suspicion that we only half-believe. ~Mark Rutherford (William Hale White)

If the sun and moon should doubt,
They'd immediately go out.
~William Blake (1757-1827), "Auguries of Innocence"

Belief, like any other moving body, follows the path of least resistance... ~Samuel Butler, Erewhon Revisited, 1901

Doubts are infantine realities. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Man is liberated from his illusions to make room for a fresh set. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "Wisdom and Knowledge," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940

Generally the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories. ~Felix Cohen

Few really believe. The most only believe that they believe or even make believe. ~John Lancaster Spalding

I have never considered it my business to disabuse someone of a belief that makes life tolerable for them. ~Robert Brault,

If you can get a man nervous enough you can make him believe anything. ~"Taking Stock of the Year," The Saturday Evening Post, 1908, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Men never do evil so thoroughly and cheerfully as when they do it for conscience sake. ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

Not... what opinions are held, but... how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, [liberal] opinions are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment. ~Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays, 1950

When I believe in nothing I do not want to meet you when you believe in nothing. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

The hardest thing about reshaping minds is getting to them before the cement dries. ~Robert Brault,

With most people unbelief in one thing is founded upon blind belief in another. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), translated by Norman Alliston, 1908

If you want to make a man hate you fiercely and forever, prove to him something he does not wish to believe. ~Olin Miller (1893–1981)

I respect more the person who struggles with his faith than the person who is confident in his skepticism. ~Robert Brault,

One's hope for any day is that the good done by people of faith will outweigh the harm done by people of certainty. ~Robert Brault,

Nobody wants his cause near as bad as he wants to talk about his cause. ~Will Rogers (1879–1935)

Fond faith thrives best in rich deceptive soil —
Where knaves sow dreams that witless fools embroil.
~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

Skepticism is a religion very rich in evangelists but very short on saviors. ~Robert Brault,

Let me warn you, if you start chasing after views, you'll be left without bread and without views. ~Nikolai Gogol

Belief is a deception you play upon yourself.... ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Just because something is unbelievable does not mean you shouldn't believe it. Put another way, some things are worth believing in whether they're true or not. ~Jeb Dickerson, @JebDickerson

In dogma men often worship error and call it Deity. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

Certainty is most passionate in the absence of evidence. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right. ~Laurens van der Post

There are people who never say, "In my opinion..." They say, "The reality is..." when the reality is, it's their opinion. ~Robert Brault,, 2018

Some things have to be believed to be seen. ~Ralph Hodgson, The Skylark and Other Poems

I believe that there is an explanation for everything, so, yes, I believe in miracles. ~Robert Brault,

Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never the correctness, of a belief. ~Arthur Schweitzer, Out of My Life and Thought, 1932

It is easier to believe than to doubt. ~E.D. Martin, The Meaning of a Liberal Education

Man tends to treat all his opinions as principles. ~Herbert Agar

Sometimes you believe a thing that isn't true because in the world you wish to live in, it would be true. ~Robert Brault,

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones. ~Bertrand Russell

If a tribe becomes too rational — perhaps it will always succumb to the tribe that has the determination that only blind belief can confer. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

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