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Namely, we have no right to believe a thing true because
by William Kingdon Clifford

Namely, we have no right to believe a thing true because
everybody says so unless there are good grounds for
believing that some one person at least has the means of knowing what is true,
and is speaking the truth so far as he knows it.
- William Kingdon Clifford

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

We feel much happier and more secure when we think
we know precisely what to do,
no matter what happens, then when we have lost our
way and do not know where to turn.
- William Kingdon Clifford

Our lives our guided by that general conception of
the course of things which has been created by society for social purposes.
- William Kingdon Clifford

 

To know all about anything is to know how to deal with
it under all circumstances.
- William Kingdon Clifford

We may always depend on it that algebra,
which cannot be translated into good English and sound common sense,
is bad algebra.
- William Kingdon Clifford

A little reflection will show us that every belief,
even the simplest and most fundamental,
goes beyond experience when regarded as a guide to our actions.
- William Kingdon Clifford

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Every rustic who delivers in the village alehouse his slow,
infrequent sentences, may help to kill or keep alive
the fatal superstitions which clog his race.
- William Kingdon Clifford

He who truly believes that which prompts him to an
action has looked upon the action to lust after it,
he has committed it already in his heart.
- William Kingdon Clifford

When an action is once done, it is right or wrong for ever;
no accidental failure of its good or evil fruits can possibly alter that.
- William Kingdon Clifford

To sum up: it is wrong always, everywhere,
and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
- William Kingdon Clifford

If a belief is not realized immediately in open deeds,
it is stored up for the guidance of the future.
- William Kingdon Clifford

No simplicity of mind, no obscurity of station,
can escape the universal duty of questioning all that we believe.
- William Kingdon Clifford

This sense of power is the highest and best of pleasures
when the belief on which it is founded is a true belief,
and has been fairly earned by investigation.
- William Kingdon Clifford

It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone,
to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
- William Kingdon Clifford

The harm which is done by credulity in a man is not
confined to the fostering of a credulous character in others,
and consequent support of false beliefs.
- William Kingdon Clifford

The danger to society is not merely that it should believe wrong things,
though that is great enough; but that it should become credulous,
and lose the habit of testing things and inquiring into them;
for then it must sink back into savagery.
- William Kingdon Clifford

In like manner, if I let myself believe anything on insufficient evidence,
there may be no great harm done by the mere belief;
it may be true after all,
or I may never have occasion to exhibit it in outward acts.
- William Kingdon Clifford

The rule which should guide us in such cases is simple and obvious enough:
that the aggregate testimony of our neighbours is subject
to the same conditions as the testimony of any one of them.
- William Kingdon Clifford

Into this, for good or ill, is woven every belief of
every man who has speech of his fellows.
A awful privilege, and an awful responsibility,
that we should help to create the world in which posterity will live.
- William Kingdon Clifford

To consider only one other such witness:
the followers of the Buddha have at least as much right
to appeal to individual and social experience in support
of the authority of the Eastern saviour.
- William Kingdon Clifford

An atmosphere of beliefs and conceptions has been formed
by the labours and struggles of our forefathers,
which enables us to breathe amid the various and complex
circumstances of our life.
- William Kingdon Clifford

There is no scientific discoverer, no poet,
no painter, no musician, who will not tell you that
he found ready made his discovery or poem or picture -
that it came to him from outside,
and that he did not consciously create it from within.
- William Kingdon Clifford

If I steal money from any person, there may be no harm
done from the mere transfer of possession;
he may not feel the loss,
or it may prevent him from using the money badly.
But I cannot help doing this great wrong towards Man,
that I make myself dishonest.
- William Kingdon Clifford

We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can -
namely,
surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us.
- Saint Teresa of Avila

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a
certain moral character in his fellow citizens,
namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
- Aristotle

Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with
which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet,
namely, a dull ending.
- Karl Marx

The transponder requirements have three major sections,
namely the chip; the antenna; and the assembly of the
chip and the antenna onto the goods being labelled.
- Mike Marsh

No military timetable should compel war when a successful outcome,
namely a disarmed Iraq may be feasible without war,
for example by allowing more time to the UN inspectors.
- Douglas Hurd

There is one, and only one, thing in modern society
more hideous than crime namely,
repressive justice.
- Simone Weil

There are three things which the public will always clamor for,
sooner or later: namely, novelty, novelty,
novelty.
- Thomas Hood

If it is the duty of the State to educate,
it is the duty of the State also to bear the burden of education,
namely, the taxation out of which education is provided.
- Edmund Barton

There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law,
the law of our Creator, the law of humanity,
justice, equity - the law of nature and of nations.
- Edmund Burke

I will argue that in the literal sense the programmed
computer understands what the car and the adding machine understand,
namely, exactly nothing.
- John Searle

This truth is a remedy against spiritual pride,
namely, that none should account himself better before God than others,
though perhaps adorned with greater gifts,
and endowments.
- Johann Arndt

Tasmanian history is a study of human isolation unprecedented
except in science fiction -
namely,
complete isolation from other humans for 10,000 years.
- Jared Diamond

The general fact of surplus value, namely that the
workmen does not get the full value of his labours,
and that he is taken advantage of by the capitalist,
is obvious.
- Edward Carpenter

We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies
with as much regret as we feel for those of our friends,
namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

But when I was twelve years old I caught my first strong
glimpse of one of the fundamental forces of existence,
whose votary I was destined to be for life -
namely,
Beauty.
- Georg Brandes

Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression
of the highest moral and spiritual ideas,
there music is sublimely strong.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

I do not believe in censorship, but I believe we already
have censorship in what is called marketing theory,
namely the only information we get in mainstream media is for profit.
- Sam Sheppard

To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation,
namely an imitation of its opposite.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

We can safely abandon the doctrine of the eighties,
namely that the rich were not working because they had too little money,
the poor because they had much.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

The duty of man is the same in respect to his own nature
as in respect to the nature of all other things,
namely not to follow it but to amend it.
- John Stuart Mill

Things are not as we would like them to be.
There is only one way to deal with it,
namely to try and be all right oneself.
- Anna Freud

Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents,
but grow out of the very essence of religion,
namely, its absolute claims.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

The scientist only imposes two things,
namely truth and sincerity, imposes them upon himself
and upon other scientists.
- Erwin Schrodinger

Clairvoyant, n.: A person, commonly a woman,
who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron -
namely,
that he is a blockhead.
- Ambrose Bierce

The views of the European Union are fully reflected in this text,
particularly the key objective of the EU,
namely vigorously to address the disarmament of Iraq
and to do so within the framework of the UN Security Council.
- Javier Solana

Prime Minister, I see you've already mastered the essential
craft of the European politician,
namely, the ability to say one thing in this chamber
and a very different thing to your home electorate.
- Daniel Hannan

I mention this fact as tending to support what I have often heard stated,
namely, that a shark's sense of smell is so keen that,
if men ever bathe in seas where they are found,
a shark is almost sure to appear directly afterwards.
- George Grey

There is a set of religious, or rather moral,
writings which teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness,
and vice to misery in this world.
A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine,
and to which we have but one objection,
namely, that it is not true.
- Francois Fenelon

The broadest pattern of history - namely,
the differences between human societies on different continents -
seems to me to be attributable to differences among
continental environments,
and not to biological differences among peoples themselves.
- Jared Diamond

We would take a little bit of money out of a huge increase
in ballistic missile defense and put it in a place
where it will do a lot of good,
namely, in targeted pay increases to our enlisted personnel,
particularly our NCOs and our junior warrant officers.
- John Spratt

That all who have ever been born men from the beginning of creation,
and are deceased, are either in heaven or in hell,
follows from those things which have been said and
shown in the preceding article,
namely, that Heaven and Hell are from the human race.
- Emanuel Swedenborg

In the laws of the land, she has no rights;
in government she has no voice.
And in spite of another principle recognized in this Republic,
namely, that 'taxation without representation is tyranny,'
she is taxed without being represented.
- Ernestine Rose

In our daily lives as programmers, we process text strings a lot.
So I tried to work hard on text processing,
namely the string class and regular expressions.
Regular expressions are built into the language and
are very tuned up for use.
- Yukihiro Matsumoto

Meanwhile the fact that the connection with the activity
of memory in ordinary life is for the moment lost is
of less importance than the reverse,
namely, that this connection with the complications
and fluctuations of life is necessarily still a too close one.
- Hermann Ebbinghaus

The fact is we can only love what we know personally.
And we cannot know much.
In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization,
something less dramatic and emotional is needed,
namely tolerance.
- E. M. Forster

But the Constitution was made not only for southern and northern states,
but for states neither northern nor southern,
namely, the western states, their coming in being foreseen and provided for.
- William H. Seward

I proceed with the proper subject of this discourse;
namely,
the further changes in scientific belief,
which have occurred within my own recollection,
even since the time when I first aspired to authorship,
now forty- five years ago.
- Asa Gray

The people currently in charge have forgotten the first
principle of an open society,
namely that we may be wrong and that there has to be free discussion.
That it's possible to be opposed to the policies without being unpatriotic.
- George Soros

I cannot consistently, with self respect,
do other than I have, namely, to deliberately violate
an act which seems to me to be a denial of everything
which ideally and in practice I hold sacred.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction
into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely,
politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Of course the word chaos is used in rather a vague
sense by a lot of writers,
but in physics it means a particular phenomenon,
namely that in a nonlinear system the outcome is often indefinitely,
arbitrarily sensitive to tiny changes in the initial condition.
- Murray Gell-Mann

When I moved to Stanford I began to pursue the line
of research I have been following ever since,
namely trying to understand the larger implications
of fractional quantum hall discovery.
- Robert B. Laughlin

Namely the manager will assess what he believes a player
is worth and he will discuss that with the board and
then we will go after that target.
If we can achieve it at that target,
great,
but if we can't we will have to move on to the next player.
- David Gill

A geometry implies the heterogeneity of locus,
namely that there is a locus of the Other.
Regarding this locus of the Other, of one sex as Other,
as absolute Other, what does the most recent development
in topology allow us to posit?
- Jacques Lacan

My job was to teach the whole corpus of economic theory,
but there were two subjects in which I was especially interested,
namely, the economics of mass unemployment and international economics.
- James Meade

The main cause is a pernicious falsehood propagated against her being,
namely that she is inferior by her nature.
Inferior in what? What has man ever done that woman,
under the same advantages could not do?
- Ernestine Rose

We have confirmed something we only knew in theory,
namely that revolution, in which uncontrolled and uncontrollable
forces operate imperiously,
is blind and destructive, grandiose and cruel.
- Frederica Montseny


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