Thursday, May 12, 2005

Belief Quotes

The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly and desperately drunk with a certain belief.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.  ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human, 1878 He who does not know how to believe, should not know.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin Generally the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories.  ~Felix Cohen Few really believe.  The most only believe that they believe or even make believe.  ~John Lancaster Spalding Men never do evil so thoroughly and cheerfully as when they do it for conscience sake.  ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670 Not... what opinions are held, but... how they are held:  instead of being held dogmatically, [liberal] opinions are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.  ~Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays, 1950 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 Human being


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