Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)
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.)
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).)
Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Historic Murder," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).)
Oh, I never use a seat belt. I don't believe in gravity.
(John Guare (b. 1938), U.S. screenwriter, and Louis Malle. Chrissie (Hollis McClaren), Atlantic City (1981).)
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).)
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.)