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Belief is a virus, and once it gets into you,
by Philip Caputo

Belief is a virus, and once it gets into you,
its first order of business is to preserve itself,
and the way it preserves itself
is to keep you from having any doubts,
and the way it keeps you from doubting
is to blind you to the way things really are.
- Philip Caputo

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True believers just don't see things the way they are,
because if they did, they wouldn't be true believers anymore.
- Philip Caputo

War - the ordinary man's most convenient means of escaping from the ordinary.
- Philip Caputo

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

 

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

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

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What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Belief is the death of intelligence.
- Robert Anton Wilson

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

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

All money is a matter of belief.
- Adam Smith

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

Belief creates the actual fact.
- William James

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

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

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

Your work is to keep cranking the flywheel that turns
the gears that spin the belt in the engine of belief
that keeps you and your desk in midair.
- Annie Dillard

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

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

I believe a man is better anchored who has a belief in the Supreme Being.
- James Cash Penney

Abstraction is a mental process we use when trying
to discern what is essential or relevant to a problem;
it does not require a belief in abstract entities.
- Tom G. Palmer

Another belief of mine; that everyone else my age is an adult,
whereas I am merely in disguise.
- Margaret Atwood

My belief about acting in one foot on a banana peel
and the other one in the grave.
- Mark Ruffalo

True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.
- William Ralph Inge

It is my belief that it is not the fact that he traveled
as much as he did during the past few months as much
as what he said and how he said it that hurt him.
- Robert Teeter

However, we all share the firm belief in the triumph
of humanist and progressive values that mankind has
achieved during its long history of struggle and creativeness.
- Tran Duc Luong

Faith is not belief.
Belief is passive.
Faith is active.
- Edith Hamilton

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

A belief in God helps provide a foundation to arbitrate our decisions.
Without this foundation, we are condemned to live essentially formless lives.
- Armstrong Williams

My belief in God is responsible for what I am...
How can I refuse to talk about something which is so
much a prt of my life both as a man and as a actor?
- Robert Vaughn

If you change the belief first, changing the action is easier.
- Peter McWilliams

It's beyond belief that any Australian could be so
stupid as to carry drugs into any country in Asia.
- John Howard

There arose a belief in style - and in banality.
Banality encompassed politics, too, because it was
a common belief that politics were not worthy of art.
- Douglas Sirk


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