To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere Philosophy.
SIR THOMAS BROWNE, Religio Medici
We fall from womb to tomb, from one blackness and toward another, remembering little of the one and knowing nothing of the other ... except through faith.
STEPHEN KING, Danse Macabre
If you hate anyone because of your faith, you're doing it wrong.
Cleave to no faith when faith brings blood.
ARTHUR MILLER, The Crucible
- All we have gained then by our unbelief
- Is a life of doubt diversified by faith,
- For one of faith diversified by doubt:
- We called the chess-board white -- we call it black.
ROBERT BROWNING, Bishop Blougram's Apology
Faith is not just something you have, it's something you do.
BARACK OBAMA, speech, Dec. 1, 2006
When men are about to commit, or sanction the commission of some injustice, it is not uncommon for them to express pity for the object either of that or some parallel proceeding, and to feel themselves, at the time, quite virtuous and moral, and immensely superior to those who express no pity at all. This is a kind of upholding of faith above works, and is very comfortable.
CHARLES DICKENS, Nicholas Nickleby
I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.
ALEISTER CROWLEY, The Book of Lies
The struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.
RONALD REAGAN, speech for National Association of Evangelicals, March 8, 1983
We think of faith as a source of comfort and understanding but find our expression of faith sowing division; we believe ourselves to be a tolerant people even as racial, religious, and cultural tensions roil the landscape. And instead of resolving these tensions or mediating these conflicts, our politics fans them, exploits them, and drives us further apart.
BARACK OBAMA, The Audacity of Hope
Faith doesn't mean that you don't have doubts.
BARACK OBAMA, speech, Jun. 28, 2006
We can approach belief from an intellectual path, but in the end, God must be taken on faith. Proofs are for things of this world, things in time and of time, not beyond time.
Faith and optimism are contagious.
THOM S. RAINER, Surprising Insights from the Unchurched
All the answers you may wish for lie within faith, but it demands a complete and incontinent surrender, an immersion as total as any baptism. Indeed baptism is a kind of enactment of the surrender: you bathe in faith, you swim in it, you live by it, surrounded by it, buoyed up by it, engulfed by it. You drown in it, for at times it takes your breath away as entirely as any lungful of water.... All the answers lie in faith; and when you lose your faith you have no choice but to substitute for if a philosophy that deliberately and coldly offers no answers at all.
SIMON MAWER, The Gospel of Judas
Walking is easy ... but it requires faith to find the right path.
JOHN TWELVE HAWKS, The Traveler
Funny thing about faith ... it goes a lot faster than it comes.
- The cherubim of love are better far
- Than pillared wisdom's most seraphic star.
- And knowledge cannot bring the sweet delight
- Of childhood's faith that pierces darkest night.
EDWIN LEIBFREED, "The Quest for God"
Faith is the enemy of discovery.
SIMON MAWER, The Gospel of Judas
To pray without faith is to make a small fire while it is raining heavily.
WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs
Though my sight be lost, I do not yet lose my faith: when I can no longer see, I can still believe.
- Faith, not Knowledge, builds for every man,
- In his own spiritual consciousness,
- The ultimate, bright Heaven of his hope,
- The realm of joy, the goal of his desire.
- No weaker hand can lead the errant soul
- From Doubt's dark labyrinth into the light,
- And up the starry heights whereon is God.
ANDREW DOWNING, "The Sphinx"
- There lives more faith in honest doubt,
- Believe me, than in half the creeds.
ALFRED TENNYSON, In Memoriam
I now understand the need for faith--pure, blind, fly-in-the-face-of-reason faith--as a small life preserver in the world and endless sea of a universe ruled by unfeeling laws and totally indifferent to the small, reasoning beings that inhabit it.
The shade of faith and the cloak of true godliness is the best equipage for the storm of adversity.
WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs
Faith may always be acquired. Whoso is devoid of faith, and desires to have it, may acquire it by living for a few days (sometimes for a few hours only) as though he already possessed it. It is by practical, not theoretical, religion, that men transform their lives.
WILLIAM BATCHELDER GREENE, The Blazing Star
Faith may have removed mountains way off somewhere, a long time ago, but it won't remove a wart at home this week.
Edgar Watson Howe, Country Town Sayings
Faith comes in different tempers: there's the hard, brittle faith that shatters when it meets an obstacle it can't cut through, and the tough, springy faith that bounces off unchipped.
K. J. PARKER, Devices and Desires
A man's faith is just a subset of his beliefs about the world: beliefs about matters of ultimate concern that we, as a culture, have told him he need not justify in the present. It is time we recognized just how maladaptive this Balkanization of our discourse has become. All pretensions to theological knowledge should now be seen from the perspective of a man who was just beginning his day on the one hundredth floor of the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001, only to find his meandering thoughts--of family and friends, of errands run and unrun, of coffee in need of sweetener--inexplicably usurped by a choice of terrible starkness and simplicity: between being burned alive by jet fuel or leaping one thousand feet to the concrete below. In fact, we should take the perspective of thousands of such men, women, and children who were robbed of life, far sooner than they imagined possible, in absolute terror and confusion. The men who committed the atrocities of September 11 were certainly not "cowards," as they were repeatedly described in the Western media, nor were they lunatics in any ordinary sense. They were men of faith--perfect faith, as it turns out--and this, it must finally be acknowledged, is a terrible thing to be.
SAM HARRIS, The End of Faith
- I practice a faith that's been long abandoned
- Ain't no altars on this long and lonesome road
BOB DYLAN, "Ain't Talkin'"
If you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith. There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or is it the same faith under another mask?
GRAHAM GREENE, The Comedians
- The sea of faith
- Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
- Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
- But now I only hear
- Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
- Retreating, to the breath
- Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
- And naked shingles of the world.
MATTHEW ARNOLD, Dover Beach
I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.
PHILIP YANCEY, Finding God in Unexpected Places
Great is his faith who dares believe his own eyes.
COVENTRY PATMORE, The Rod, the Root, and the Flower
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