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Quotations about Belief & Doubt


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Never believe anything that requires you to hate people who do not believe it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


What matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it. ~Ezra Pound


This is how humans are: We question all our beliefs, except for the ones we really believe, and those we never think to question. ~Orson Scott Card, Ender's War


In the end you regret less the things you believed that weren't true than the things that never came true because you didn't believe. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


I'm definitely a believer. There's so much that you couldn't explain, and we waste our time in this lifetime trying to figure it out from a scientific standpoint — sometimes you need to just enjoy the magic of something. ~Jaleel White, on Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, 2017


Not believing has a sickness which is believing a little. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin


I said to myself, "I cannot possibly believe that;" and as I did so I perceived that I had already believed it a second time. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), translated by Norman Alliston, 1908


He does not believe who does not live according to his belief. ~Proverb


A skeptic doubts the best authority; an enthusiast is likely to accept the poorest. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


You're sure that you are Right? How fine and strong!
But were you never just as Sure — and Wrong?
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Wrath," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924


We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were early implanted in his imagination; no matter how utterly his reason may reject them, he will still feel as the famous woman did about ghosts, Je n'y crois pas, mais je les crains, — "I don't believe in them, but I am afraid of them, nevertheless." ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly & desperately drunk with a certain belief; it agitates & tears him, & almost bereaves him of the power of articulation. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


An old belief is like an old shoe. We so value its comfort that we fail to notice the hole in it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Convictions are more dangerous enemies to truth than lies. ~Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), "IX. Man by Himself," Human, All-Too-Human, translated by M.A. Mügge, 1908


Believe what you have Proved. They most deceive
Themselves who try to Prove what they Believe.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Truth," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924


Belief stains darker, imprints deeper than truth. ~Terri Guillemets


He who does not know how to believe, should not know. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin


The doubt, like the mosquito, buzzes round my faith. ~Emily Dickinson, 1861


Today's sad fact: You aren't going to change someone's mind who believes it in their headbone. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Life will magnify what you choose to believe. ~Dodinsky


To spread your belief, you must exude your belief. It is not enough that people hear it from you, they must catch it from you. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


...and as for believing things, I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible. ~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1890


Stand aloof from your own opinions; they seek to lure you with an illusive certainty. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "Human Judgment," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940


It is not what a man hears but what he believes that makes him wise or foolish. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


People believe the truth more readily if something difficult of belief or incredible is mixed with it. ~Mark Rutherford (William Hale White)


Zeal in proselytising is often due to an uneasy suspicion that we only half-believe. ~Mark Rutherford (William Hale White)


If the sun and moon should doubt,
They'd immediately go out.
~William Blake (1757-1827), "Auguries of Innocence"


Belief, like any other moving body, follows the path of least resistance... ~Samuel Butler, Erewhon Revisited, 1901


Doubts are infantine realities. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


Man is liberated from his illusions to make room for a fresh set. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "Wisdom and Knowledge," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940


I have never considered it my business to disabuse someone of a belief that makes life tolerable for them. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


If you can get a man nervous enough you can make him believe anything. ~"Taking Stock of the Year," The Saturday Evening Post, 1908, George Horace Lorimer, editor


When I believe in nothing I do not want to meet you when you believe in nothing. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin


The hardest thing about reshaping minds is getting to them before the cement dries. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


With most people unbelief in one thing is founded upon blind belief in another. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), translated by Norman Alliston, 1908


If you want to make a man hate you fiercely and forever, prove to him something he does not wish to believe. ~Olin Miller (1893–1981)


I respect more the person who struggles with his faith than the person who is confident in his skepticism. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


One's hope for any day is that the good done by people of faith will outweigh the harm done by people of certainty. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Nobody wants his cause near as bad as he wants to talk about his cause. ~Will Rogers (1879–1935)


Fond faith thrives best in rich deceptive soil —
Where knaves sow dreams that witless fools embroil.
~Dr. Idel Dreimer, lumpenbangenpiano.com


Skepticism is a religion very rich in evangelists but very short on saviors. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Just because something is unbelievable does not mean you shouldn't believe it. Put another way, some things are worth believing in whether they're true or not. ~Jeb Dickerson, @JebDickerson


In dogma men often worship error and call it Deity. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


Certainty is most passionate in the absence of evidence. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer, lumpenbangenpiano.com


There are people who never say, "In my opinion..." They say, "The reality is..." when the reality is, it's their opinion. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2018


I believe that there is an explanation for everything, so, yes, I believe in miracles. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


But probably 2,000 years hence many beliefs of the wise of our day will have come to seem equally foolish. Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones. ~Bertrand Russell, c.1943


Sometimes you believe a thing that isn't true because in the world you wish to live in, it would be true. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


If a tribe becomes too rational — perhaps it will always succumb to the tribe that has the determination that only blind belief can confer. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer, lumpenbangenpiano.com



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