Belief Quotes


I can believe things that are true and things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not.
I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen - I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women.
I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone's ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.
I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste.
I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we'll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds.
I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman.
I believe that mankind's destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it's aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there's a cat in a box somewhere who's alive and dead at the same time (although if they don't ever open the box to feed it it'll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.
I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn't even know that I'm alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.
I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn't done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too.
I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman's right to choose, a baby's right to live, that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.
I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.

American Gods

Neil Gaiman

American Gods

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

Belief    Death    Ideals    Martyr    Truth

Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it.

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.

I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you're going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.

The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.

Belief    Science    True

All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need...
fantasies
to make life bearable."
REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.
"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"
YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE
LITTLE
LIES.
"So we can believe the big ones?"
YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.
"They're not the same at all!"
YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN
SHOW
ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME
RIGHTNESS
IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.
"Yes, but people have
got
to believe that, or what's the
point
—"
MY POINT EXACTLY.

Hogfather

Terry Pratchett

Hogfather
Belief    Justice    Lies    Mercy    Truth

Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don't believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it's good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.

Belief    Bravery    Courage    Depression    Eating    Exercise    Food    Future    Life    Living    Love    Loved ones    Medication    Memories    Reason    Strength

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.

Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you've changed, by believing. Once you've changed, other things start to follow. Isn't that the way it works?

Belief    Change    Faith    Life    Magic    Universe

You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.

You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.

If you stumble about believability, what are you living for? Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard to believe?

Life of Pi

Yann Martel Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.

belief is the death of intelligence.

It's hard to believe in coincidence, but it's even harder to believe in anything else.

You don’t believe things because they make your life better, you believe them because they’re true.

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

Tempest-Tost

Robertson Davies

Tempest-Tost

Some things have to be believed to be seen.

Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.

Have a Little Faith: a True Story

Mitch Albom For One More Day

Have a Little Faith: a True Story
Action    Belief    Faith

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I'm a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.

Agnostic    Atheism    Atheist    Belief    Emotion    Humanist    Interview    Knowledge    Reason    Religion    Respect    Science

I don't accept the currently fashionable assertion that any view is automatically as worthy of respect as any equal and opposite view. My view is that the moon is made of rock. If someone says to me 'Well, you haven't been there, have you? You haven't seen it for yourself, so my view that it is made of Norwegian Beaver Cheese is equally valid' - then I can't even be bothered to argue. There is such a thing as the burden of proof, and in the case of god, as in the case of the composition of the moon, this has shifted radically. God used to be the best explanation we'd got, and we've now got vastly better ones. God is no longer an explanation of anything, but has instead become something that would itself need an insurmountable amount of explaining. So I don't think that being convinced that there is no god is as irrational or arrogant a point of view as belief that there is. I don't think the matter calls for even-handedness at all.

What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.

People believe, thought Shadow. It's what people do. They believe, and then they do not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjuration. People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief, that makes things happen.

American Gods

Neil Gaiman

American Gods

I do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God. I equally cannot prove that Satan is a fiction. The Christian god may exist; so may the gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon. But no one of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie outside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there is no reason to consider any of them.

Babylon    Belief    Burden of proof    Christian god    Egyptian    Fiction    Gods    Hypothesis    Knowledge    Olympus    Probability    Proof    Rational    Reason    Santa    Satan    Superstition

I wish to weep
but sorrow is
stupid.
I wish to believe
but belief is a
graveyard.

Belief    Life    Perseverance    Pessimism    Sorrow    Weeping

Believing takes practice.

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time

She believed in nothing. Only her scepticism kept her from being an atheist.

Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end.

American Gods

Neil Gaiman

American Gods
Belief    Gods    Ideas

When my
husband
died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me-it still sometimes happens-and ask me if
Carl
changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again.
Carl
faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don't ever expect to be reunited with
Carl
. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous-not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance. . . . That pure chance could be so generous and so kind. . . . That we could find each other, as
Carl
wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time. . . . That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it’s much more meaningful. . . . The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday.
I don't think I'll ever see
Carl
again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful
.

Afterlife    Ann druyan    Atheism    Belief    Carl sagan    Cosmos    Love    Sagan    Superstition    True love

Don't believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.

Advice    Belief    Internet    Net    Paradox    Scepticism

What have I always believed?
That on the whole, and by and large, if a man lived properly, not according to what any priests said, but according to what seemed decent and honest inside, then it would, at the end, more or less, turn out all right.

Small Gods

Terry Pratchett

Small Gods
Belief    Decency    Honesty    Morality    Religion

I believe I am in Hell, therefore I am.

Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.

Light in August

William Faulkner

Light in August

In case you never get a second chance: don't be afraid!" "And what if you do get a second chance?" "You take it!

My desire and wish is that the things I start with should be so obvious that you wonder why I spend my time stating them. This is what I aim at because the point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.

Belief    Beliefs    Desire    Philosophy    Skepticism    Wish

Just because I do not accept the teachings of the devotaries does not mean I've discarded a belief in right and wrong."
"But the
Almighty
determines what is right!"
"Must someone, some unseen
thing
, declare what is right for it to
be
right? I believe that my own morality -- which answers only to my heart -- is more sure and true than the morality of those who do right only because they fear retribution.

The Way of Kings

Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings
Altruism    Belief    Ethics    Heart    Humanism    Morality    Punishment    Religion    Retribution    Right    Wrong

The whole image is that eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God's infinite love. That's the message we're brought up with, isn't it? Believe or die! Thank you, forgiving Lord, for all those options.

Atheism    Belief    Damnation    Death    Eternal suffering    Forgiving    Hell    Humor    Infinite love    Lord    Love    Message    Options    Question    Suffering

We have a choice. We have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That's it. Conversation and violence. And faith is a conversation stopper.

Agnosticism    Atheism    Belief    Ethics    Faith    Humanism    Religion    Spirituality

We believe in bravery. We believe in taking action. We believe in freedom from fear and in acquiring the skills to force the bad out of our world so that the good can prosper and thrive. If you also believe in those things, we welcome you.

This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek.

Leap

Terry Tempest Williams

Leap

It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.

The Age of Reason

Thomas Paine

The Age of Reason
Belief    Bible    Cruel    Cruelty    Murder    Rapine    The bible

Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.

Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer.

Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.

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