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The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war
by Robert Wilson Lynd

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war
appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.
- Robert Wilson Lynd

It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place
the world is when one is playing golf.
- Robert Wilson Lynd

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from
man than the way in which they can build and yet leave
a landscape as it was before.
- Robert Wilson Lynd

It is in games that many men discover their paradise.
- Robert Wilson Lynd

 

Most human beings are quite likeable if you do not see too much of them.
- Robert Wilson Lynd

There are two sorts of curiosity - the momentary and the permanent.
The momentary is concerned with the odd appearance
on the surface of things.
The permanent is attracted by the amazing and consecutive
life that flows on beneath the surface of things.
- Robert Wilson Lynd

Our grandchildren's grandchildren will shake their heads in shame
at some of the beliefs that we hold most dear today -
the question is, which ones?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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When an inner situation is not made conscious,
it appears outside as fate.
- Carl Jung

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west;
people create distinctions out of their own minds
and then believe them to be true.
- The Buddha

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

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

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.
It is the belief that God will do what is right.
- Max Lucado

Envy comes from people's ignorance of,
or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
- Jean Vanier

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
- Michel de Montaigne

A widespread belief is more often likely
to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown
is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
- Bertrand Russell

The inherent nature of God
is not changed by our individual beliefs,
our religious institutions,
or our communal traditions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The final delusion is the belief
that one has lost all delusions.
- Maurice Chapelain

In religion and politics, people's belief's and convictions
are in almost every case gotten at second hand,
and without examination
- Mark Twain

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.
My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil,
but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good
and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good,
that it may prevail.
- Helen Keller

Belief fuels our decisions -
even when we are not clearly aware of those beliefs.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Dumbo! C'mon, fly! Open them ears!
The magic feather was just a gag!
You can fly! Honest, you can!
- Timothy Q. Mouse in the movie Dumbo

Prayer is a thought, a belief, a feeling,
arising within the mind of the one praying.
- Ernest Holmes

Anyone can heal who believes that he can
and will take the time to put that belief into motion.
- Ernest Holmes

The greatest force in the human body
is the natural drive of the body to heal itself -
but that force in not independent of the belief system.
Everything begins with belief.
What we believe is the most powerful option of all.
- Norman Cousins

Faith is a living and unshakable confidence,
a belief in the grace of God so assured that
a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.
- Martin Luther

I want to share with you the three rules
that I have in order to accept an apprentice.
Rule Number 1: Don't believe me.
I don't want you to believe me
but I want you to listen and make choices - your choices.
If what I say, doesn't work for you, leave it.
But if it works for you and that's what you want, then make it yours.
Rule Number 2: Don't believe yourself.
Why? Because most of your belief system is a lie - it's not true.
And by believing yourself, you create all the limitations
that don't allow you to be what you really are.
Don't believe yourself. Listen to what you say,
listen to what you think, listen to what you believe.
And when you listen, open your ears, open your mind,
open your intelligence and make choices.
Rule 3 is, don't believe anybody else.
Don't believe them at all.
Open your ears and your mind; listen and make choices.
- don Miguel Ruiz

It's hard to believe, hard to be a believer,
when you see the way the things are in the world.
But I am a believer!
- Bono

It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul
grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Contrary to general belief,
I do not believe that friends are necessarily
the people you like best,
they are merely the people who got there first.
- Peter Ustinov

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When does a belief bring out the best in you?
When does a belief hold you prisoner to yesterday
and limit your options for designing a great future?
Test your beliefs with as much objectivity
as you can bring to the subject.
Be willing to let go of those beliefs
that represent your parents' opinions,
or your communities opinions, rather than your own.
Those beliefs that withstand rigorous testing,
should become the foundation of your being -
your reason for living.
Take action on those beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief
in the occurrence of the improbable.
- H. L. Mencken

It is not our place to know the mind of God.
Spirit knows what is best in the long run -
best for each of us individually,
and best for humanity as a whole.
This is often very difficult to accept
when we see war and disease in the world
and experience physical and emotional suffering
in ourselves, our family, and our friends.
I consider this belief in God's infinite power
and ultimate wisdom to be the true test of faith.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.
- Peter Marshall

There are righteous people working
in a whole rainbow of belief systems -
from Hasidic Jews to right-wing Bible Belters
to charismatic Catholics.
- Bono

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the
part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
- Honore de Balzac

Belief is the death of intelligence.
- Robert Anton Wilson

Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks
in building any successful venture.
- Lydia M. Child

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief,
is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Delusion: belief said to be false by someone who does not share it.
- Thomas Szasz

Faith is much better than belief.
Belief is when someone else does the thinking.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something;
in the absence of good grounds for belief,
he will be satisfied with bad ones.
- Bertrand Russell

Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt
is theoretically possible.
- William James

Belief transcends ritual, structure and societal expectation.
It is an enlivening, intensely personal
core to our being. Our way of being.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Belief creates the actual fact.
- William James

Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows,
must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking,
belief in the absolute power of logic.
- Alexis Carrel

Belief is not the beginning but the end of all knowledge.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.
- D. Elton Trueblood

All money is a matter of belief.
- Adam Smith

Underlying most arguments against the free market is
a lack of belief in freedom itself.
- Milton Friedman

Americans have an abiding belief in their ability to
control reality by purely material means...
airline insurance replaces the fear of death with the
comforting prospect of cash.
- Cecil Beaton

If I err in belief that the souls of men are immortal,
I gladly err, nor do I wish this error which gives
me pleasure to be wrested from me while I live.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Your belief in God is merely an escape from your monotonous,
stupid and cruel life.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti

Nor is it that truly a belief at all which has not
some influence upon the actions of him who holds it.
- William Kingdon Clifford

One of the great mind destroyers of college education
is the belief that if it's very complex,
it's very profound.
- Dennis Prager

It is my belief that we all have the need to feel special.
It is this need that can bring out the best in us,
yet the worst in us.
- Janet Jackson

I am not wrong in the belief that its public funds
are more secure than those of all the European powers.
- Albert Gallatin

The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform
opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief.
- Jacques Ellul

This required the development of a view which allowed
one to integrate research with belief,
thing with person, fact with aesthetics,
knowledge with application of knowledge.
- Kenneth L. Pike

Christopher Reeve understood that...
everything begins with hope.
His vision of walking again, his belief that he would
be able to in his lifetime,
towered over his broken body.
- Patti Davis

I live my life on self-belief and I live it partly on going with the flow.
- Melanie Brown

Belief is such a powerful thing - but because it is,
it can also be very destructive and it's very easily manipulated.
- Jena Malone

Credulity is belief in slight evidence,
with no evidence, or against evidence.
- Tryon Edwards


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