Quotations About / On: BELIEVE

  • 21.
    I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.
    (G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 98, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
  • 22.
    Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Notes on the State of Virginia (1787), Query 6, p. 33, ed. William Peden (1954).)
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  • 23.
    Privately, I believe in none of them. Neither do you. Publicly, I believe in them all.
    (Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. author, screenwriter. Gracchuss (Charles Laughton), Spartacus, discussing religion and Roman gods with a peer (1960).)
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  • 24.
    Evil is that which one believes of others. It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 617, Knopf (1949).)
  • 25.
    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.)
  • 26.
    The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.
    (Eric Hoffer (1902-83), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 184 (1955).)
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  • 27.
    I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
    (Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. "The Author's Profession of Faith," pt. 1, The Age of Reason (1794).)
  • 28.
    For the longest time, marriage has had a guilty conscience about itself. Should we believe it?—Yes, we should believe it.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 13, p. 478, selection 15[118], eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to Spring 1888, "Maxims of a Hyperborean." Recorded among other epigrammatic commentaries later published in the section on "Maxims and Arrows" in Twilight of the Idols (1888).)
  • 29.
    Idon't believe that one should devote his life to morbid self-attention. I believe that someone should become a person, like other people.
    (Paul Schrader (b. 1946), U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro), Taxi Driver (1976).)
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  • 30.
    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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