Quotations About / On:
It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.
(Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890), British churchman, theologian. sermon, Dec. 11, 1831, Oxford, England. "The Usurpation of Reason," Oxford University Sermons (1843).)
In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.
(David Ben Gurion (1886-1973), Israeli statesman. interview on CBS-TV, Oct. 5, 1956.)
Even while lying, you'll be believed if you speak with authority.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 86, "Nauka" (1980).)
If pimps and thieves everywhere were always punished, honest people would all believe themselves always to be innocent.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 44, Gallimard (1956).)
The things that we want we willingly believe, and the things that we think we expect everyone else to think.
(Julius Caesar [Gaius Julius Caesar] (100-44 B.C.), Roman general, political leader, and first Roman dictator, and first Roman dictator. The Civil War, 2. 27.)
I believe that two and two are four and that four and four are eight.
(Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Dom Juan, in Dom Juan, act 3, sc. 1 (1665).
Dom Juan responds to the question, "What do you believe in?")
Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Prometheus Bound, l. 1034.)
Nevertheless, it is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).)
Test yourself on mankind. It is something that makes the doubter doubt, the believer believe.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, January 2, 1918. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
I believe that the members of my family must be as free from suspicion as from actual crime.
(Julius Caesar [Gaius Julius Caesar] (100-44 B.C.), Roman general, political leader, and first Roman dictator. Quoted in Suetonius, Life of Caesar, 74.)