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CREDULITY
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[ Also see Belief Doubt Faith Gullibility Ignorance Innocence Liars Lies Lying Simplicity Superstition Trust ]

O credulity,
  Security's blind nurse, the dream of fools,
    The drunkard's ape, that feeling for his way
      Ev'n when he thinks, in his deluded sense
        To snatch at safety, falls without defence.
      - John Mason

The curse of man, and the cause of nearly all his woe, is his stupendous capacity for believing the incredible.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
      - George Jean Nathan

Ignorant people are to be caught by the ears as one catches a pot by the handle.
      - Old French Saying

Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor half the evil they say of others.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Men are most apt to believe what they least understand; and through the lust of human wit obscure things are more easily credited.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

We all know that a lie needs no other grounds than the invention of the liar; and to take for granted as truth all that is alleged against the fame of others is a species of credulity that men would blush at on any other subject.
      - Jane Porter

Women are sometimes drawn in to believe against probability by the unwillingness they have to doubt their own merit.
      - Samuel Richardson

The general goodness, which is nourished in noble hearts makes every one think that strength of virtue to be in another whereof they find assured foundation in themselves.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

The only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

You believe that easily which you hope for earnestly.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

The greatest and saddest defect is not credulity, but an habitual forgetfulness that our science is ignorance.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Credulity is perhaps a weakness almost inseparable from eminently truthful characters.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

I wish I was as sure of anything as Macaulay is of everything.
      - William Windham


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