Quotations About / On: BELIEVE

  • 51.
    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 [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, May 23, 1864, to Mary MacDonald, daughter of the poet-novelist George MacDonald. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. I, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).)
  • 52.
    I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.
    (Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 50, Conard (1915).)
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  • 53.
    Lovers always believe one another's sleight-of-hand tricks.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 54.
    If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.
    (Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. 48.)
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  • 55.
    We believe ... that the applause of silence is the only kind that counts.
    (Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), French playwright, author. repr. in The Selected Works of Alfred Jarry, eds. Roger Shattuck and Simon Watson Taylor (1965). "Twelve Theatrical Topics," topic 12, published in Dossiers Acénonètes due Collège de 'Pataphysique, no. 5 (1960).)
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  • 56.
    I'm so tired, believe me, of strangling people 300 times in a row.
    (Arnold Phillips, Max Nosseck (1902-1972), Polish, and Hugh Gray. Max Nosseck. Reginald Parker (John Loder), The Brighton Strangler, sitting in his dressing room (1945).)
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  • 57.
    Once a man is on hand, a woman tends to stop believing in her own beliefs.
    (Colette Dowling (b. 1939), U.S. author. The Cinderella Complex, ch. 6 (1981).)
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  • 58.
    I see, I know, I believe, I am undeceived.
    (Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Pauline, in Polyeucte, act 5, sc. 6 (1641). Pauline, at the moment of her conversion to Christianity.)
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  • 59.
    People believe that photographs are true and therefore cannot be art.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 60.
    The strength of the vampire is that people will not believe in him.
    (Garrett Fort (1900-1945), U.S. screenwriter, and Tod Browning. Abraham Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan), Dracula, trying to convince Mina's father and fiance that vampires do exist (1931). From the play adapted by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston (1899-1954).)
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