Quotations About / On:
The most effectual way to be deceived is to believe oneself more cunning than one's neighbors.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 128 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
They believe that nothing will happen because they have closed their doors.
(Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), Belgian author. Old Man, in Interior (1894).
In this play, the old man is looking in on a family who have yet to discover that one of their number has died.)
Believe me, if a man doesn't know death, he doesn't know life.
(William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore), Grand Hotel (1932).)
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).)