Quotations About / On: BELIEVE

  • 71.
    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).)
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  • 72.
    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?")
  • 73.
    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).)
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  • 74.
    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.)
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  • 75.
    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).)
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  • 76.
    Amateurs believe their enthusiasm will suffice.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 77.
    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).)
  • 78.
    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).)
  • 79.
    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.)
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  • 80.
    ... 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).)
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