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1. "Optimism - the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly."
Author: Ambrose Bierce
2. "The long procession from Jesus' healing of the blind to Franklin's bifocals took a substantial thinning of powers; time has not been so generous in delaying an attenuated aid to the heavy-lidded. Being past the time of miracles, even gadgets are now too external to modify our afflictions of vision; a drug is necessary to ease our senses into becoming receptive to grace. Truth no longer free to bypass the laws of physics or wait for us to tamper with them, it flashes itself before us in bursts brief enough for our attention spans to linger on its appearance. Not only the conversion of a nation to Belief, but its resilience in the face of decline, should make a simplification to miracles once again necessary."
Author: Bauvard
3. "Like a soldier standing long under fire, any change comes as a relief."
Author: Ben Harper
4. "It's really amazing that in the age of unbelief, as a smart man called it, there isn't even more fraud. After all, with no God, there's no one to ever call you to account, and no accounting at all if you can get away with it."
Author: Ben Stein
5. "I have a firm belief in such things as, you know, the water, the Earth, the trees and sky. And I'm wondering, it is increasingly difficult to find those elements in nature, because it's nature I believe in rather than some spiritual thing."
Author: Bill Blass
6. "Spirituality emerged as a fundamental guidepost in Wholeheartedness. Not religiosity but the deeply held belief that we are inextricably connected to one another by a force greater than ourselves--a force grounded in love and compassion. For some of us that's God, for others it's nature, art, or even human soulfulness. I believe that owning our worthiness is the act of acknowledging that we are sacred. Perhaps embracing vulnerability and overcoming numbing is ultimately about the care and feeding of our spirits."
Author: Brené Brown
7. "The world is starving for leaders who are not afraid to dismantle the sacred and precious beliefs, which hold us as prisoners of the past."
Author: Bryant McGill
8. "It stung this new rejection, but it was also a relief to put an end to the ambiguity and incertitude. I had been deceiving myself the day I decided I could master the art of detachment, or maybe the mistake was to allow things to go on in that vein for as long as they had."
Author: Catherine Sanderson
9. "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your beliefs."
Author: Chace Crawford
10. "Mina stopped and stared at Jared in disbelief. "If you knew that already, why in the world did you have me climb the tree?" Jared looked at her, his eyes widening in innocence. "I didn't ask you to climb the tree. I knew which way we were heading. I just asked you if you liked to climb trees in an attempt to start a conversation. You were the one who wanted to try to climb the stupid tree."
Author: Chanda Hahn
11. "Maybe belief is the biggest lie. In ages past, the earliest philosophers tried to explain the stars in the sky and the world around them. One of them conceived of the notion that the universe was mounted on giant crystal spheres controlled by a giant machine, which explained the movements of the heavens. He was laughed at and told that such a machine would be so huge and noisy that everyone would hear it. He simply replied that we are born with that noise all around us, and that we are so used to hearing it that we cannot hear it at all."
Author: Dan Abnett
12. "The only fully consistent alternative to belief in God, properly understood, is some version of "materialism" or "physicalism" or (to use the term most widely preferred at present) "naturalism"; and naturalism—the doctrine that there is nothing apart from the physical order, and certainly nothing supernatural—is an incorrigibly incoherent concept, and one that is ultimately indistinguishable from pure magical thinking."
Author: David Bentley Hart
13. "Your beliefs have the power to unlock your inner genius or keep you from fully achieving your greatest potential."
Author: Deborah Day
14. "It sounds strange, somewhat on the line between irony and absurdity, to think that people would rather label and judge something as significant as each other but completely bypass a peanut. ... World peace is only a dream because people won't allow themselves and others around them to simply be peanuts. We won't allow the color of a man's heart to be the color of his skin, the premise of his beliefs, and his self-worth. We won't allow him to be a peanut, therefore we won't allow ourselves to come to live in harmony. (Diary 18)"
Author: Erin Gruwell
15. "Hield mij aan't leven der mensen dit hart maar niet meer gebonden,dat van liefde niet aflaat, hoe graag zou ik mét u hier wonen!"
Author: Friedrich Hölderlin
16. "Aus dem dämmrigen Dunkel der Nacht trat eine feste, schwarze Masse von Gebäuden hervor, die sich über einer gewaltigen Fläche ausbreiteten. Das Dorf Mokroje zählte zweitausend Seelen; um diese Stunde schlief jedoch schon alles, nur hier und da schimmerten spärliche Lichter durch die Dunkelheit."
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
17. "Near the end I asked him one night in the hospital corridor what he thought was happening, and he said, "Tell her everything you haven't said," and I smiled with relief. "There's nothing," I said. "I've already told her everything."
Author: Gail Caldwell
18. "In the latter case life rests upon a thousand presuppositions which the individual can never trace back to their origins, and verify; but which he must accept upon faith and belief."
Author: Georg Simmel
19. "Success is an attitude,a mindset,a decision, a commitment, a promise. A belief that it can be done, should be done and WILL be done"
Author: George Akomas Jr
20. "There was a tacit understanding between them that 'liquor helped'; growing more miserable with every glass one hoped for the moment of relief."
Author: Graham Greene
21. "It is as great a crime to leave a woman alone in her agony and deny her relief from her suffering as it is to insist upon dulling the consciousness of a natural mother who desires above all things to be aware of the final reward of her efforts, whose ambition is to be present, in full possession of her senses, when the infant she already adores greets her with its first loud cry and the soft touch of its restless body upon her limbs."
Author: Grantly Dick Read
22. "The central belief of every moron is that he is the victim of a mysterious conspiracy against his common rights and true deserts."
Author: H.L. Mencken
23. "Theology is just not important in Judaism, or in any other religion, really. There's no orthodoxy, as you have it in the Catholic Church. No complicated creeds to which everybody must subscribe. No infallible pronouncements by a pope. Nobody can tell Jews what to believe. Within reason, you can believe what you like... We have orthopraxy instead of orthodoxy. Right practice rather then right belief. That's all. You Christians make such a fuss about theology, but it's not important in the way you think. It's just poetry, really, ways of talking about the inexpressible."
Author: Hyam Maccoby
24. "A person could resist popular belief and stand up for personal principles, and though there may be consequences, not everything would necessarily be lost. In fact, something important might be gained, if only within oneself."
Author: Jean M. Auel
25. "Belief gets in the way of learning."
Author: Jeremy Collier
26. "Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community."
Author: John W. Gardner
27. "As cities grow and technology takes over the world belief and imagination fade away and so do we."
Author: Julie Kagawa
28. "Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain."
Author: Kahlil Gibran
29. "I was forced to confront my own prejudice. I had come to the farm with the unarticulated belief that concrete things were for dumb people and abstract things were for smart people. I thought the physical world - the trades - was the place you ended up if you weren't bright or ambitious enough to handle a white-collar job. Did I really think that a person with a genius for fixing engines, or for building, or for husbanding cows, was less brilliant than a person who writes ad copy or interprets the law? Apparently I did, though it amazes me now."
Author: Kristin Kimball
30. "We are all bounded with each other on the basis of our beliefs and values; when we question those values, we are certainly left alone, away from our families, friends and the dear one. And that is a cost benefit analysis we all make and we keep satisfying ourselves with the status quo of situations."
Author: M.F. Moonzajer
31. "Ik weet dat de psychologie ons modellen kan geven. Daardoor kun je leren verbanden te begrijpen en patronen te zien. En dat helpt, zeker. Maar het meeste zullen we toch nooit kunnen begrijpen. Het leven is zo paradoxaal. Wat er met ons gebeurt en hoe we daarmee omgaan, het verdriet en de dood, de blijdschap en de liefde. Geen kennis in de wereld kan jouw eenzaamheid genezen of jou bevrijden van je grootste angst"
Author: Marianne Fredriksson
32. "The belief that God will do everything for man is as untenable as the belief that man can do everything for himself. It, too, is based on a lack of faith. We must learn that to expect God to do everything while we do nothing is not faith but superstition."
Author: Martin Luther King Jr.
33. "A revolutionary career does not lead to banquets and honorary titles, interesting research and professorial wages. It leads to misery, disgrace, ingratitude, prison and a voyage into the unknown, illuminated by only an almost superhuman belief."
Author: Max Horkheimer
34. "God forces us to quantify our religious tenants by measuring them against the family problems they solve. If your religious beliefs aren't solving family problems then something is broke--and it can be fixed.pg iv"
Author: Michael Ben Zehabe
35. "It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen."
Author: Muhammad Ali
36. "At home, my father ate all the most burnt pieces of toast. 'Yum!' he'd say, and 'Charcoal! Good for you!' and 'Burnt toast! My favorite!' and he'd eat it all up. When I was much older he confessed to me that he had not ever liked burnt toast, had only eaten it to prevent it from going to waste, and, for a fraction of a moment, my entire childhood felt like a lie, it was as if one of the pillars of belief that my world had been built upon had crumbled into dry sand."
Author: Neil Gaiman
37. "Know how to rank beliefs not according to their plausibility but by the harm they may cause."
Author: Nicholas Nassim Taleb
38. "If you've got a religious belief that withers in the face of observations of the natural world, you ought to rethink your beliefs - rethinking the world isn't an option."
Author: P.Z. Myers
39. "The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul's power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God."
Author: Paramahansa Yogananda
40. "For me, science is already fantastical enough. Unlocking the secrets of nature with fundamental physics or cosmology or astrobiology leads you into a wonderland compared with which beliefs in things like alien abductions pale into insignificance."
Author: Paul Davies
41. "Proof then, has retreated in the face of belief. Science, once heralded as the arbiter of truth, has had its facade of objectivity punctured. Intellectuals may point to the uncertainty of Heisenberg, but generally this has more to do with the growing distrust of statistics and the knowledge that scientists in the pay of governments and multi-nationals are no more objective than their masters. Science, once the avowed enemy of religion, now sees books BT Christian physicists and Taoist mathematicians. Science sells washing powders and status symbols and comes in the form of icons of technological nostalgia."
Author: Phil Hine
42. "James was one of those atheists God must love the most, much more than those of us who were believers, since it is their insistence on fairness and their sensitivity to suffering that make their minds closest to the mercy found in God's mind, but also made them reject any belief in God."
Author: Rebecca Lee
43. "You aren't allowed back until you've learned to willingly suspend disbelief."
Author: Rebecca Murphy
44. "Belief and order give strength. Have to clear rubble before you can build."
Author: Robert Jordan
45. "While it is easy to get caught up in the beliefs and attitudes of others, it is easier still to make one's self a victim of circumstance. Victims of circumstance believe they have no power over their lives, since they are merely the play-things of fate. Since they believe this, it is therefore so."
Author: Stephen Richards
46. "At the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God."
Author: Todd Akin
47. "Even now...she [Kit] still had a need to believe that most people, that most of life, was good. That belief was a sort of strength, too."
Author: Vicki Pettersson
48. "There are some doubters even in the western villages. One woman told me last Christmas that she did not believe either in hell or in ghosts. Hell she thought was merely an invention got up by the priest to keep people good; and ghosts would not be permitted, she held, to go 'trapsin about the earth' at their own free will; 'but there are faeries,' she added, 'and little leprechauns, and water-horses, and fallen angels.' I have met also a man with a mohawk Indian tattooed upon his arm, who held exactly similar beliefs and unbeliefs. No matter what one doubts one never doubts the faeries, for, as the man with the mohawk Indian on his arm said to me, 'they stand to reason.' Even the official mind does not escape this faith. ("Reason and Unreason")"
Author: W.B. Yeats
49. "I had as lief have the foppery of freedom as the morality of imprisonment."
Author: William Shakespeare
50. "For this relief much thanks. 'Tis bitter cold, and I am sick at heart."
Author: William Shakespeare

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Other people's heads are too wretched a place for true happiness to have its seat."
Author: Arthur Schopenhauer

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