Quotations About / On: BELIEVE
Many have believed that Walden reached quite through to the other side of the globe.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 315, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
I believe that two and two are four and that four and four are eight.
(Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Dom Juan, in Dom Juan, act 3, sc. 1 (1665).
Dom Juan responds to the question, "What do you believe in?")
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).)
Amateurs believe their enthusiasm will suffice.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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).)