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Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
      - Edward Abbey

Begin by regarding every thing from a moral point of view, and you will end by believing in God.
      - Thomas Arnold

Intellectually the difficulties of unbelief are as great as those of belief, while morally the argument is wholly on the side of belief.
      - Thomas Arnold

Being alone when one's belief is firm, is not to be alone.
      - Berthold Auerbach

For what a man would like to be true, that he more readily believes.
      - Francis Bacon

Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.
      - Walter Bagehot

It is a singular fact that most men of action incline to the theory of fatalism, while the greater part of men of thought believe in providence.
      - Honore de Balzac

The more sincere we are in our belief, as a rule, the less demonstrative we are.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

People tend to believe the bad rather than the good.
      - Giovanni Boccaccio

The man who goes through life with an uncertain doctrine not knowing what he believes, what a poor, powerless creature he is! He goes around through the world as a man goes down through the street with a poor, wounded arm, forever dodging people be meets on the street for fear they may touch him.
      - Phillips Brooks

He who knows most believes the least.
      - Henry Thomas Buckle

It is believable because unbelievable.
  [Lat., Ideo crededum quod incredibile.]
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy,
        quoting Tertullian

For fools are stubborn in their way,
  As coins are harden'd by th' allay;
    And obstinacy's ne'er so stiff
      As when 'tis in a wrong belief.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto II, l. 481)

Men believe that willingly which they which to be true.
      - Julius Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar)

Men willingly believe what they wish.
  [Lat., Fere libenter homines id, quod volunt, credunt.]
      - Julius Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar),
        De Bello Gallico (III, 18)

No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, could ever compel the soul of man to believe or to disbelieve: it is his own indefeasible light, that judgment of his; he will reign and believe there by the grace of God alone!
      - Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship
         (lecture IV)

There is no unbelief;
  Whoever plants a seen beneath the sod
    And waits to see it push away the clod,
      He trusts in God.
      - Elizabeth (Lizzy) York Case, Unbelief

If you wish to assured of the truth of Christianity, try it. Believe, and if thy belief be right, that insight which gradually transmutes faith into knowledge will be the reward of thy belief.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

You do not believe, you only believe that you believe.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

He that will believe only what he can fully comprehend, must have a very long head, or a very short creed.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Happy the man who sees a God employed in all the good and ills that checker life.
      - William Cowper

The price of seeking to force our beliefs on others is that someday they might force their beliefs on us.
      - Mario Cuomo

The fact that there is a general belief in a future life is no evidence of its truth.
      - Clarence Darrow

A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton. Let each man hope and believe what he can.
      - Charles Robert Darwin

A man can believe a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner.
      - Norman Douglas


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