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Quotations About / On: BELIEVE

  • 41.
    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).)
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  • 42.
    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).)
  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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).)
  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    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.)
  • 50.
    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?")
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