Quotations About / On: BELIEVE

  • 1.
    As I get older I seem to believe less and less and yet to believe what I do believe more and more.
    (David Jenkins (b. 1925), British ecclesiastic, Bishop of Durham. quoted in Daily Telegraph (London, Nov. 2, 1988).)
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  • 2.
    I rarely believe anything, because at the time of believing I am not really there to believe.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, ch. 3, Random House (1937).)
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  • 3.
    People willingly believe what they want to believe.
    (Julius Caesar [Gaius Julius Caesar] (100-44 B.C.), Roman general, political leader, and first Roman dictator. The Gallic War, 3.18.)
  • 4.
    If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
    (Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. television interview with John Pilger on "The Late Show," Nov. 25, 1992, BBC2. excerpted in Guardian (London, Nov. 23, 1992).)
  • 5.
    First we have to believe, and then we believe.
    (G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook K," aph. 55, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
  • 6.
    Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, December 4, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
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  • 7.
    I believe in being warm-hearted. I believe especially in fucking with a warm heart.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Privately printed in Florence (1928). Lady Chatterley's Lover, ch. 14, Bantam Books (1980). Oliver Mellors (the novel's hero) is speaking.)
  • 8.
    It only takes a politician believing in what he says for the others to stop believing him.
    (Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987, trans. 1990).)
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  • 9.
    Mr. Fitzgerald—I believe that is how he spells his name—seems to believe that plagiarism begins at home.
    (Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer. quoted in Nancy Milford, Zelda, pt. 2, ch. 7 (1970). "The Beautiful and the Damned," Tribune (New York, April 2, 1922). review of F. Scott Fitzgerald. "On one page," she elaborated, "I recognized a portion of an old diary of mine which mysteriously disappeared shortly after my marriage.")
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  • 10.
    Faith therefore is to believe that which you do not see, truth is to see what you have believed.
    (St. Augustine (354-430), Roman church father. On the Gospel of John, XL, 9.)
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