Quotations About / On: BELIEVE

  • 31.
    For I do not seek to understand in order to believe, but I believe in order to understand. For I believe this: unless I believe, I will not understand.
    (Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), British philosopher, theologian. Proslogion, ch. 1 (c. 1077-1078).)
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  • 32.
    The thing that is most interesting about government servants is that they believe what they are supposed to believe, they really do believe what they are supposed to believe.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943.)
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  • 33.
    A deep man believes in miracles, waits for them, believes in magic, believes that the orator will decompose his adversary; believes that the evil eye can wither, that the heart's blessing can heal; that love can exalt talent; can overcome all odds.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
  • 34.
    One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.
    (Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. "Woman's Hour," radio broadcast, March 23, 1966. Quoted in "An Eighth Deadly Sin," Muggeridge through the Microphone (1967).)
  • 35.
    I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don't believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn't want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I'm not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn't know how to return the treatment.
    (Malcolm X (1925-1965), U.S. African-American leader, activist. speech, Dec. 12, 1964, New York City.)
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  • 36.
    If you set to work to believe everything, you will tire out the believing-muscles of your mind, and then you'll be so weak you won't be able to believe the simplest true things.
    (Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, May 23, 1864, to Mary MacDonald, daughter of the poet-novelist George MacDonald. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. I, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).)
  • 37.
    I believe. I believe. It's silly, but I believe.
    (George Seaton (1911-1979), U.S. screenwriter. Susan (Natalie Wood), Miracle On 34th Street, trying to convince herself that her Christmas wish will come true (1947).)
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  • 38.
    In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.
    (David Ben Gurion (1886-1973), Israeli statesman. interview on CBS-TV, Oct. 5, 1956.)
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  • 39.
    Even while lying, you'll be believed if you speak with authority.
    (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 86, "Nauka" (1980).)
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  • 40.
    If pimps and thieves everywhere were always punished, honest people would all believe themselves always to be innocent.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 44, Gallimard (1956).)
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