Friday, 25 November 2011


A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind. - Elly Roselle

A belief is not true because it is useful. - Henri Frederic Amiel

A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition. - Jose Bergamin

A wise man ... proportions his belief to the evidence. - David Hume

As a man believes, so he will act. - Sam Harris

At the core of all well-founded belief, lies belief that is unfounded. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. Lao Tzu

Belief gets in the way of learning. - Robert Heinlein

Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives. Anthony Robbins

Belief in the truth commences with the doubting of all those “truths” we once believed. - Friedrich Nietzsche 

Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad. - Denis Waitley

Belief is the wound that knowledge heals. - Ursula K. Le Guin

Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance. - Samuel Butler

Belief may be no more, in the end, than a source of energy, like a battery which one clips into an idea to make it run. - J. M. Coetzee

Belief was immune to logic; it operated by its own laws. - James Siegel

Beliefs. Once entrenched in a culture, they persist, evolve and diverge, in a manner reminiscent of biological evolution. - Richard Dawkins

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. - Charles F. Kettering

Believe in one thing too much and you have no room for new ideas. - Ray Bradbury

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. - Norman Vincent Peale

Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see. - Unknown

Beware! The mind of the believer stagnates. It fails to grow outward into an unlimited, infinite universe. - Frank Herbert

Creeds, like other goods, pass by inheritance to descendants. - Amos Bronson Alcott

Don’t believe everything you hear. - Aesop

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

Everything possible to be believ’d is an image of truth. - William Blake

False beliefs can be every bit as consoling as true ones, right up until the moment of disillusionment. - Richard Dawkins

For what a man would like to be true, that he more readily believes. - Francis Bacon

He does not believe that does not live according to his belief. - Thomas Fuller

He that will believe only what he can fully comprehend, must have a very long head, or a very short creed. - Charles Caleb Colton

He who believes needs no explanation. - Euripides 

I think it's better to have ideas. You can change an idea. Changing a belief is trickier. Life should be malleable and progressive; working from idea to idea permits that. Beliefs anchor you to certain points and limit growth; new ideas can't generate. Life becomes stagnant. - Rufus

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. - Bertrand Russell

If we can once believe that success is possible, success becomes possible. - Frank Chapman

If you dont have solid beliefs, you cannot build a stable life. Beliefs are like the foundation of a building, and they are the foundation to build your life upon. - Alfred Montapert

If you only believe when it's easy, you don't really believe. - Laurell K. Hamilton

If you want to know what your true beliefs are, take a look at your actions. - Robert Anthony

It is easier to argue that something nobody believes in actually exists than it is to argue that something everybody believes in is unreal. - Samuel R. Delany

It is hard to let old beliefs go. They are familiar. We are comfortable with them and have spent years building systems and developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses. - Kenichi Ohmae

It is okay to stand firm in your beliefs; just do not impose them on others who may be equally resolute in theirs. - Unknown

Its the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. - Muhammad Ali

It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip. - Robert Heinlein

Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable. - Oscar Wilde

Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he becomes. - Bhagavad Gita 

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. Mahatma Gandhi

Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that insures the successful outcome of our venture. - William James

The lack of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed when it cannot be overcome. - Lillian Smith

The less depth a belief system has, the greater the fervency with which its adherents embrace it. The most vociferous, the most fanatical are those whose cobbled faith is founded on the shakiest grounds. - Dean Koontz

There is a force that controls all your decisions. It influences how you think and feel every moment you're alive. It determines what you will do and what you will not do. It determines how you feel about anything that occurs in your life. That force is your beliefs. - Anthony Robbins

Theres nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child. - Frank A. Clark

We may not respect all the beliefs of others, but we should respect their right of having them. - Validivar

With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another. - Georg C. Lichtenberg

You can have anything you want if you will give up the belief that you can't have it. - Dr. Robert Anthony

Your belief don’t make you a better person, your behaviour does. - Unknown

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