Quotations About / On: BELIEVE

  • 31.
    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).)
  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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).)
  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    Oh, I never use a seat belt. I don't believe in gravity.
    (John Guare (b. 1938), U.S. screenwriter, and Louis Malle. Chrissie (Hollis McClaren), Atlantic City (1981).)
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  • 36.
    Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Historic Murder," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).)
  • 37.
    It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.
    (Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890), British churchman, theologian. sermon, Dec. 11, 1831, Oxford, England. "The Usurpation of Reason," Oxford University Sermons (1843).)
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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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