Quotations About / On: BELIEVE

  • 41.
    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).)
  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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).)
  • 44.
    Every literary critic believes he will outwit history and have the last word.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 45.
    Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.
    (Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "A Note on Dogma: Varieties of Human Type," Proper Studies (1927).)
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  • 46.
    I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.
    (Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 50, Conard (1915).)
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  • 47.
    Lovers always believe one another's sleight-of-hand tricks.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 48.
    If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.
    (Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. 48.)
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  • 49.
    We believe ... that the applause of silence is the only kind that counts.
    (Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), French playwright, author. repr. in The Selected Works of Alfred Jarry, eds. Roger Shattuck and Simon Watson Taylor (1965). "Twelve Theatrical Topics," topic 12, published in Dossiers Acénonètes due Collège de 'Pataphysique, no. 5 (1960).)
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  • 50.
    I'm so tired, believe me, of strangling people 300 times in a row.
    (Arnold Phillips, Max Nosseck (1902-1972), Polish, and Hugh Gray. Max Nosseck. Reginald Parker (John Loder), The Brighton Strangler, sitting in his dressing room (1945).)
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