Belief Quotes

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
James Thurbe
Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
Honore de Balzac

F. f. bosworth - believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts....
Epicurus - a strict belief, fate is the worst kind of...
God, I don? t have great faith, but I can be faithful. My belief in you may be seasonal, but my faithfulness will not. I will follow in the way of Christ. I will act as though my life and the lives of others matter. I will love. I have no greater gift to offer than my life. Take it.
Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher. com Weblog, December 26, 2002
If the belief in Christianity did not make us happy, it would not be believed: how little it must then be worth!
Friedrich Nietzsche, "Human, All Too Human" page 87, #120.

Why is it that we entertain the belief that for every purpose odd numbers are the most effectual?
Pliny the Elde
Imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
Ursula K. LeGuin
The thing always happens that you really believe in and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
Frank Lloyd Wright
The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it seems to me the deepest root of all evil that is in the world.
Max Born
I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.
Gerry Spence
Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond the pain.
Bartholomew
If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality, not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once be dried up. Moreover, nothing then would be immoral, everything would be permissible, even cannibalism.
Brothers Karamazov, Pt 1, Bk i, Ch 6
A belief is not true because it is useful.
Henri Frdric Amiel
W. somerset maugham - imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to...
The brute necessity of believing something so long as life lasts does not justify any belief in particular.
George Santayana
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
Bertrand Russell
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
William James
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
Joseph Conrad
Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.
Andr Dubus
The tragic mistake of so many in the environmentalist movement is the belief that the rest of the world can afford to hold itself to our expensive green standards.
Jonathan Berry
Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
H. L. Mencken
Democracy is, first and foremost, a spiritual force, it is built upon a spiritual basis - And on a belief in God and an observance of moral principle. And in the long run only the church can provide that basis. Our founder knew this truth - And we will neglect it at our peril.
President Harry Truman, Public Papers of the President of the United States: Harry S. Truman - 1951 U. S. Gov. 1966 p1063
Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.
Peter Ustinov
Do not fall prey to the false belief that mastery and domination are synonymous with manliness.
Kent Nerburn
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals (1929) ch. 5
Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief, or ignorance.
W. Clement Stone
Why abandon a belief merely because it ceases to be true Cling to it long enough, and it will turn true again, for so it goes. Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
Robert Frost
Without cultural sanction, most or all our religious beliefs and rituals would fall into the domain of mental disturbance.
John Schumake
Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.
Sophia Loren
Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.
Peter Ustinov, Dear Me (1977)
Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.
Adam Clayton Jr. Powell
Our minds thus grow in spots and like grease spots, the spots spread. But we let them spread as little as possible we keep unaltered as much of our old knowledge, as many of our old prejudices and beliefs, as we can.
William James
Talk unbelief, and you will have unbelief; but talk faith, and you will have faith. According to the seed sown will be the harvest.
Ellen G. White
The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.
Richard Adams
In my belief, you cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you also understand the most amusing.
Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill
The three most important parts a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money and his religious beliefs.
Samuel Butle
Science... warns me to be careful how I adopt a view which jumps with my preconceptions, and to require stronger evidence for such belief than for one to which I was previously hostile. My business is to teach my aspirations to conform themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonize with my aspirations.
Thomas Huxley
My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between religious belief and existential despair, chose marijuana. Now we are in our Cabernet stage.
Peggy Noonan
My belief is that to have no wants is divine.
Socrates