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Stanley Fish Quotes and Sayings

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Belief and knowledge are considered to be two different things.
But they are not.
- Stanley Fish

We in universities are not in the democracy business.
What we do, when we're doing it, is teach and learn.
- Stanley Fish

I do not support abortion rights.
Although what I would support in this vexed area is not clear to me.
- Stanley Fish

I should have known better.
Pro-life arguments are now based on scientific evidence
and the pro-choice arguments are not.
That is a cultural, historical fact.
- Stanley Fish

 

It is always incorrect to assume you can know what
someone's moral convictions are based on their philosophical theories.
- Stanley Fish

In general, higher education does not know how to speak for its interests.
It offers a stance that is defensive,
cowardly and likely to be ineffective.
- Stanley Fish

Many people on the political left found my work psychologically liberating.
They began to say: once you realize that standards emerge historically,
then you can see through and discard all the norms
to which we have been falsely enslaved.
- Stanley Fish

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It is of no help to us that there is an absolute truth
of the matter of things because unfortunately,
none of us are in a position to say definitively what that is -
although we all think that we are.
- Stanley Fish

Any idea can be brought into the classroom if the point
is to inquire into its structure,
history, influence and so forth.
But no idea belongs in the classroom if the point of
introducing it is to recruit your students for the
political agenda it may be thought to imply.
- Stanley Fish

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

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Belief is the death of intelligence.
- Robert Anton Wilson

All money is a matter of belief.
- Adam Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

The test of a belief is not exclusively in the belief itself,
but also in the intentions and actions of those who embrace it.
- Bryant H. McGill

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

And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief,
of holding on.
- Alan Watts

I've always held to the belief, though,
that people who do too much acting training always
look like they're acting,
you know?
- Noah Taylor

My belief is that what comes across on the television
is a capture of my enthusiasm and my passion for wildlife.
- Steve Irwin

It is my belief that tax credits only go to people who are making money,
and they generally keep it.
- Diane Feinstein

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

The belief in some being who can be the judge of all
human matters is a very comfortable one -
all wrongs will be righted and all rights will be rewarded.
- Eli Khamarov

No one has the right to destroy another person's belief
by demanding empirical evidence.
- Ann Landers

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

It were better to have no opinion of God at all than
such a one as is unworthy of him;
for the one is only belief -
the other contempt.
- Plutarch


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