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The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.
      - Henry Drummond

Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood.
      - Albert Einstein

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The eloquent man is he who is no eloquent speaker, but who is inwardly drunk with a certain belief.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Montaigne

They were so strong in their beliefs that there came a time when it hardly mattered what exactly those beliefs were; they all fused into a single stubbornness.
      - Louise Erdrich

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
      - Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)

Just as no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief.
      - Sigmund Freud

The practical effect of a belief is the real test of its soundness.
      - James Anthony Froude

Ultimately, all things are known because you want to believe you know.
      - Frank Herbert

They're trained to believe, not to know. Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.
      - Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah

Some things have to be believed to be seen.
      - Ralph Hodgson

The Jew Apella may belief this, not I.
  [Lat., Credat Judaeus Appella non ego.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 5, 100)

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
      - David Hume

Belief is not a matter of choice, but of conviction.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
      - William James

Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that assures the successful outcome of any venture.
      - William James

He is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Be fond of the man who jests at his scars, if you like, but never believe he is being on the level with you.
      - Pamela Hansford Johnson

Better trust all and be deceived,
  And weep that trust, and that deceiving,
    Than doubt one heart that, if believed,
      Had blessed one's life with true believing.
      - Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble (Mrs. Butler)

The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.
      - Jiddu Krishnamurti

No one has the right to destroy another person's belief by demanding empirical evidence.
      - Ann Landers (pseudonym of Esther Pauline Friedman)

When in God thou believest, near God thou wilt certainly be.
      - Charles Godfrey Leland

The great desire of this age is for a doctrine which may serve to condense our knowledge, guide our researches, and shape our lives, so that conduct may really be the consequence of belief.
      - George Henry Lewes

They believed--faith, I'm puzzled--I think I may call
  Their belief a believing in nothing at all,
    Or something of that sort; I know they all went
      For a general union of total dissent.
      - James Russell Lowell, Fable for Critics
         (l. 851)


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