Quotes about Beliefs

What we have inherited from our fathers and mothers is not all that ‘walks in us.' There are all sorts of dead ideas and lifeless old beliefs. They have no tangibility, but they haunt us all the same and we can not get rid of them. Whenever I take up a newspaper I seem to see Ghosts gliding between the lines. Ghosts must be all over the country, as thick as the sands of the sea.

Henrik Ibsen

I believe that a man should be faithful to his beliefs

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.

James Thurber

The true gentleman does not preach his beliefs until he does so by his actions.

Source Unknown

Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis.

John Dewey

We are born believing. A man bears beliefs, as a tree bears beauty.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Continuing a short series on topics of Christian apologetics: The critical scholar is not committed, within the area of his research, to accepting the Church's presuppositions about Jesus, but he should not be committed to accepting naturalistic presuppositions either. If he does accept the latter, then the results of his research will in all probability contradict the beliefs of the Church, but this is because he has begged the question from the start. In examining, for instance, the evidence for the virginal conception [of Jesus], if he begins with the presupposition that such an event is impossible he will end with the same conclusion; if he begins with the presupposition that it is possible he may end with the conclusion that the evidence for it is good or that it is bad or that it is inconclusive. This is as far as scholarship can take him. The Christian will accept the virginal conception as part of the Church's faith. (Continued tomorrow).

E. L. Mascall

Behind the words of Jesus and the memories about him, there shines forth a self-authenticating portrait of a real person in all his human uniqueness, an impression which is accessible alike to the layman and to the expert, to believer and non-believer. No reader of the gospel story can fail to be impressed by Jesus' humble submission to the will of his God on the one hand, and his mastery of all situations on the other; by his penetrating discernment of human motives and his authoritative demand of radical obedience on the one hand, and his gracious, forgiving acceptance of sinners on the other. There is nothing, either in the Messianic hopes of pre-Christian Judaism or in the later Messianic beliefs of the early Christian Church to account for this portrait. It is characterized by an originality and freshness which is beyond the power of invention. (Continued tomorrow).

Reginald Fuller

Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts.

F.f. Bosworth

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.

John F. Kennedy

We do everything by custom, even believe by it; our very axioms, let us boast of free-thinking as we may, are oftenest simply such beliefs as we have never heard questioned.

Thomas Carlyle

We tend to scoff at the beliefs of the ancients. But we can't scoff at them personally, to their faces, and this is what annoys me.

Jack Handy

[Oxford] Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs and unpopular names and impossible loyalties.

Matthew Arnold

Beliefs are dangerous. Beliefs allow the mind to stop functioning. A non-functioning mind is clinically dead. Believe in nothing.


Mythology: the body of a primitive people's beliefs, concerning its origin, early history, heroes, deitits and so forth, as distinguished from the true accounts which it invents later.

Ambrose Bierce

What we have inherited from our fathers and mothers is not all that 'walks in us.' There are all sorts of dead ideas and lifeless old beliefs. They have no tangibility, but they haunt us all the same and we can not get rid of them. Whenever I take up a newspaper I seem to see Ghosts gliding between the lines. Ghosts must be all over the country. as thick as the sands of the sea.

Henrik Ibsen

The world is your mirror and your mind is a magnet. What you perceive is in this world is largely a reflection of your own attitudes and beliefs. Life will give you what you attract with your thoughts think, act and talk negatively and your world will be negative. Think and act and talk with enthusiasm and you will attract positive results.

Michael Lebeuf

Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy.

Anthony Robbins

If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain are impossible.

Anthony Robbins

All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs.

Anthony Robbins

It's not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.

Anthony Robbins

The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept.

D H Lawrence

Once a man is on hand, a woman tends to stop believing in her own beliefs.

Colette Dowling

Minds are like parachutes-- they only function when open. Thomas Dewar "Doublethink" means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. •George Orwell The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. •Henri L. Bergson Hold up to him his better self, his real self that can dare and do and win out . . . People radiate what is in their minds and in their hearts. •Eleanor H. Porter The bigger a man's head gets, the easier it is to fill his shoes. •Henry Courtney A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us. •Ralph Waldo Emerson Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind. •Leonardo Da Vinci A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye. •Carolyn Wells Craftiness is a quality in the mind and a vice in the character. •S. Dubay A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. •Winston Churchill The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. •Sigmund Freud A feeble body weakens the mind. •Jean Jacques Rousseau Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable. •Buckminster Fuller A man's mind will very gradually refuse to make itself up until it is driven and compelled by emergency. •Anthony Trollope We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe. •Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe A mediocre mind thinks it writes divinely; a good mind thinks it writes reasonably. •Jean de LaBruyere Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive. •Napoleon Hill A nation that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan. •Martin Luther King, Jr. A vacant mind invites dangerous inmates, as a deserted mansion tempts wandering outcasts to enter and take up their abode in its desolate apartments. •Nicholas Hilliard A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind. •Eugene Ionesco Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as you can change your beliefs. •Maxwell Maltz Some minds are like concrete, all mixed up and permanently set. •Source Unknown The mind is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not discreetly how to use it. •Michel de Montaigne If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't. •Lyall Watson Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace. •Elbert Hubbard The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world, but to change it. •Colin Wilson Mind unemployed is mind unenjoyed.

George Orwell

...the ultimate decision about what is accepted as right and wrong will be made not by individual human wisdom but by the disappearance of the groups that have adhered to the "wrong" beliefs.

F.a. Hayek

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