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- What counts now is not just what we are against, but what we are for. Who leads us is less important than what leads us-what convictions, what courage, what faith-win or lose. A man doesn't save a century, or a civilization, but a militant party wedded to a principal can.
- Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900 - 1965), Welcoming address before the Democratic national convention, Chicago, Illinois, July 21, 1952
- Man is what he believes.
- Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904)
- I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
- Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
- The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.
- Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964)
- The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright (1869 - 1959)
- With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.
- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)
- The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
- I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.
- Gerry Spence, 'How to Argue and Win Every Time'
- In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.
- John Lilly
- Men willingly believe what they wish.
- Julius Caesar (100 BC - 44 BC), De Bello Gallico
- Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to believe.
- Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988), misquoting Sir Walter Scott
- I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.
- Leo Rosten (1908 - )
- Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
- Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898), Alice in Wonderland
- They were so strong in their beliefs that there came a time when it hardly mattered what exactly those beliefs were; they all fused into a single stubbornness.
- Louise Erdrich
- Remember that what you believe will depend very much on what you are.
- Noah Porter (1811 - 1892)
- I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
- Some things have to be believed to be seen.
- Ralph Hodgson, on ESP
- Unless you believe, you will not understand.
- Saint Augustine (354 AD - 430 AD), De Libero Arbitrio
- Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgement.
- Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD), 4 BC-65 AD
- Though a good deal is too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened.
- Thomas Hardy
- Believe one who has proved it. Believe an expert.
- Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC), Aeneid
- They can conquer who believe they can.
- Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC)
- Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
- Voltaire (1694 - 1778)