Quotations About / On:
I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam.
(Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "State of the Union Address, 1966," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (Jan. 16, 1966).
An example of a "guns and butter" statement.)
... whoever believes anything esteems that it is a work of charity to persuade another of it.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist and philosopher. "Of Cripples," Complete Essays of Montaigne, trans. by Donald M. Frame (1965).)
All are inclined to believe what they covet, from a lottery- ticket up to a passport to Paradise.
(George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 3, entry for Nov. 27, 1813, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1974).)
To philosophize is only another way of being afraid and leads hardly anywhere but to cowardly make-believe.
(Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. the narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, p. 180 (1932, trans. 1934, repr. 1966).)
If you can't believe a little in what you see on the screen, it's not worth wasting your time on cinema.
(Serge Daney (1944-1992), French film critic. Quoted in Sight and Sound (London, July 1992).)
The man of science has learned to believe in justification, not by faith, but by verification.
(Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #4, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).)
What do you believe in?In this, that the weights of all things must be determined anew.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 519, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Gay Science, first edition, "Third Book," aphorism 269 (1882).)
Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.
(Seneca (c. 5-65), Roman writer, philosopher, statesman. Epistulae ad Lucilium, epistle 90.)
The German Reich is a Republic, and whoever doesn't believe it gets one in the neck.
(Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by Eugene Jolas. Alexanderplatz, Berlin, bk. 6 (1929).)
Morality measured in centimeters: all mothers believe that only their daughters dance decently.
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 41, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)