Quotations About / On:
At the very moment when someone is beginning to take philosophy seriously, the whole world believes the opposite.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 527, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 380, "The Philosophical Life is Misinterpreted," (1879).)
Doing your child's homework is a bit like believing that they can get into shape by watching someone else exercise.
(Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parent and Child, ch. 8 (1991).)
I have not made a study of it, but believe that it is a minor point in the history of the war.
(Jean-Marie Le Pen (b. 1928), French Nationalist politician. Quoted in Sunday Times (London, December 27, 1987).
Said of the Holocaust.)
I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, honey, rich is better.
(Sophie Tucker (1884-1966), Russian-born U.S. singer. Some of These Days (1945).)
It was the schoolboy who said, "Faith is believing what you know ain't so."
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar," ch. 12, Following the Equator (1897).)
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).)