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With how much ease believe we what we wish!

JOHN DRYDEN, Cleopatra

We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing them becomes too high.

RANSOM RIGGS, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

It was not right to believe anything you couldn't see or hold in your hands or test with your teeth.


Many a prophecy, by the mere force of its being believed, is transmuted to fact.

ISAAC ASIMOV, Prelude to Foundation

So easy are men to be drawn to believe any thing, from such men as have gotten credit with them; and can with gentleness and dexterity take hold of their fear and ignorance.


I prefer to have some beliefs that don't make logical sense.


On any longer view, man is only fitfully committed to the rational — to thinking, seeing, learning, knowing. Believing is what he's really proud of.

MARTIN AMIS, "The Voice of the Lonely Crowd," The Guardian, Jun. 1, 2002

At the core of all well-founded belief, lies belief that is unfounded.


Maturity of mind is best shown in slow belief.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

I don't have to run from anything because I don't believe in anything.


He who thinks with difficulty believes with alacrity. A fool is a natural proselyte, but he must be caught young, for his convictions, unlike those of the wise, harden with age.

AMBROSE BIERCE, "Epigrams of a Cynic"

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, attributed, Lewis Carroll in Wonderland: The Life and Times of Alice and Her Creator

What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which habitually acts.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists

If you think that your belief is based upon reason, you will support it by argument, rather then by persecution, and will abandon it if the argument goes against you. But if your belief is based on faith, you will realize that argument is useless, and will therefore resort to force either in the form of persecution or by stunting and distorting the minds of the young in what is called "education". This last is particularly dastardly, since it takes advantage of the defencelessness of immature minds. Unfortunately it is practiced in greater or less degree in the schools of every civilised country.

BERTRAND RUSSELL, Human Society in Ethics and Politics

Where is the world whose people don't prefer a comfortable, warm, and well-worn belief, however illogical, to the chilly winds of uncertainty.

ISAAC ASIMOV, Foundation and Earth

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. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality of happiness, and by no means a necessity of life.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Androcles and the Lion

The fact that a belief has a good moral effect upon a man is no evidence whatsoever in favor of its truth.

BERTRAND RUSSELL, "Russell vs. Copleston," BBC radio debate on the existence of God, 1948

Belief may be no more, in the end, than a source of energy, like a battery which one clips into an idea to make it run.

J. M. COETZEE, Elizabeth Costello

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

LEWIS CARROLL, Alice in Wonderland

He who believes needs no explanation.


There is a force that controls all your decisions. It influences how you think and feel every moment you're alive. It determines what you will do and what you will not do. It determines how you feel about anything that occurs in your life. That force is your beliefs.

ANTHONY ROBBINS, Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Control of Your Life

If you want to know what your true beliefs are, take a look at your actions.


To learn a belief without belief is to sing a song without the tune.

URSULA K. LE GUIN, The Telling

Human beings believe just as they breathe -- in order to survive.


The things a man has heard and seen are threads of life, and if he pull them carefully from the confused distaff of memory, any who will can weave them into whatever garments of belief please them best.


There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.

ISAAC ASIMOV, The Stars in Their Courses

The more we justify our beliefs, the more narrow-minded we become.

LIN YUTANG, The Importance of Living

There is a terrible alienation in the ordinary man between what he is being told and what he secretly believes.

JOHN LE CARRÉ, "John le Carre: My Frustration with Britain", BBC News, May 12, 2013

With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.


The necessity of believing without knowledge, nay often upon very slight grounds, in this fleeting state of action and blindness we are in, should make us more busy and careful to inform ourselves than constrain others.

JOHN LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

There can be no merit in believing something which you can neither explain nor understand.

JOHN LUBBOCK, The Use of Life

Belief is the wound that knowledge heals.

URSULA K. LE GUIN, The Telling

Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.

WALTER BAGEHOT, Physics and Politics

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