It is better to be true to what you believe, though that be wrong, than to be false to what you believe, even if that belief is correct.
(Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919), U.S. minister and suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 15, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902).
In a sermon preached to the National Woman Suffrage Association during its twenty-seventh annual convention, held January 31-February 5, 1895, in Atlanta, Georgia.)
There are various, nay, incredible faiths; why should we be alarmed at any of them? What man believes, God believes.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 67, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
'Do n't believe in miracles, believe in yourself. Believe you are the only person who can do this, Believe that you are Unique before God & God has given you a hidden power, use that to fulfill your dream.'
A deep man believes in miracles, waits for them, believes in magic, believes that the orator will decompose his adversary; believes that the evil eye can wither, that the heart's blessing can heal; that love can exalt talent; can overcome all odds.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
“I believe in life and in people. I feel obliged to advocate their highest ideals as long as I believe them to be true. I also see myself compelled to revolt against ideals I believe to be false, since recoiling from rebellion would be a form of treason”
(The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk / Palace of Desire / Sugar Street)