Quotations About / On:
At the very moment when someone is beginning to take philosophy seriously, the whole world believes the opposite.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 527, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 380, "The Philosophical Life is Misinterpreted," (1879).)
The most effectual way to be deceived is to believe oneself more cunning than one's neighbors.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 128 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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.)
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).)
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).)
The things that we want we willingly believe, and the things that we think we expect everyone else to think.
(Julius Caesar [Gaius Julius Caesar] (100-44 B.C.), Roman general, political leader, and first Roman dictator, and first Roman dictator. The Civil War, 2. 27.)
I believe that two and two are four and that four and four are eight.
(Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Dom Juan, in Dom Juan, act 3, sc. 1 (1665).
Dom Juan responds to the question, "What do you believe in?")