Quotations About / On:
I believe that he was really sorry that people would not believe he was sorry that he was not more sorry.
(Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 193 (1951).)
Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Vivian, in The Decay of Lying, published in Intentions (1891).)
If you believe in Fate to your harm, believe it, at least, for your good.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
Men never believe a woman can do anything.
(Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Marianne Raccamond, in House of All Nations, sc. 60 (written 1938, published Angus and Robertson, 1988).
Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.)
No conqueror believes in chance.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 517, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); The Joyful Wisdom, trans. by Thomas Common, in The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, vol. 10, p. 207, ed. Oscar Levy, New York, Russell and Russell (1964). The Gay Science, first edition, "Third Book," aphorism 258, "Those Who Deny Chance," (1882).)
Amateurs believe their enthusiasm will suffice.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
Mr. Whistler always spelt art, and we believe still spells it, with a capital "I."
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Aristotle at Afternoon Tea: The Rare Oscar Wilde (1991). "The New President," Pall Mall Gazette (London, January 26, 1889).)
Our moods do not believe in each other.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Circles," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
For I do not seek to understand in order to believe, but I believe in order to understand. For I believe this: unless I believe, I will not understand.
(Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), British philosopher, theologian. Proslogion, ch. 1 (c. 1077-1078).)
The thing that is most interesting about government servants is that they believe what they are supposed to believe, they really do believe what they are supposed to believe.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945).
Written in 1943.)