Quotations About / On:
We are, I know not how, double within ourselves, with the result that we do not believe what we believe, and we cannot rid ourselves of what we condemn.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Glory," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 16, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).)
Comme un fou se croit Dieu, nous nous croyons mortels. (As a madman believes himself to be God, we believe ourselves to be mortal.)
(Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Invitation to a Beheading, epigraph (1959).)
I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.
(G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 98, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Notes on the State of Virginia (1787), Query 6, p. 33, ed. William Peden (1954).)
Privately, I believe in none of them. Neither do you. Publicly, I believe in them all.
(Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. author, screenwriter. Gracchuss (Charles Laughton), Spartacus, discussing religion and Roman gods with a peer (1960).)
Evil is that which one believes of others. It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 617, Knopf (1949).)
I believe in being warm-hearted. I believe especially in fucking with a warm heart.
(D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Privately printed in Florence (1928). Lady Chatterley's Lover, ch. 14, Bantam Books (1980).
Oliver Mellors (the novel's hero) is speaking.)
The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.
(Eric Hoffer (1902-83), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 184 (1955).)
I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
(Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. "The Author's Profession of Faith," pt. 1, The Age of Reason (1794).)
For the longest time, marriage has had a guilty conscience about itself. Should we believe it?Yes, we should believe it.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 13, p. 478, selection 15, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to Spring 1888, "Maxims of a Hyperborean."
Recorded among other epigrammatic commentaries later published in the section on "Maxims and Arrows" in Twilight of the Idols (1888).)