Posts Tagged ‘C.S. Lewis’

Quotes of Wisdom and Wit

November 10, 2008

I came across this page looking for the wording of a quote from G.K. Chesterton.  It bears being spread around.

Definitions of: believe

Definition: To exercise belief in; to credit upon the authority or testimony of another; to be persuaded of the truth of, upon evidence furnished by reasons, arguments, and deductions of the mind, or by circumstances other than personal knowledge; to regard or accept as true; to place confidence in; to think; to consider; as, to believe a person, a statement, or a doctrine.

Quote:The more I study science, the more I believe in God.[Albert Einstein]

Quote:I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.[C.S. Lewis]

Quote:Whenever you find a man who says he doesn’t believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later.[C.S. Lewis]

Quote:I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.[Galileo Galilei]

Quote:The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.[Oscar Wilde]

Quote:…I hope that we will hear no more of all ways of life and all cultures being equally valid, which none of us truly believes but which many people mouth in order to appear broad-minded and generous of spirit.[Armand Nicholi Jr.]

Quote:Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.[Saint Augustine]

Quote:A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.[Victor Hugo]

Quote:Today’s students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude, but their attitude, that will determine their altitude.[Jesse Jackson]

Quote:Truth is sacred; and if you tell the truth too often nobody will believe it.[GK Chesterton]

Quote:When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.[GK Chesterton]

Quote:A great many of those who ‘debunk’ traditional…values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process.[C.S. Lewis]

Quote:I believe one of the reasons so many do not get a higher education is the fear of their parents that they will lose more morally than they will receive mentally.[William Jennings Bryan]

Quote:For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.[Author Unknown]

Quote:I believe we are born with our minds open to wonderful experiences, and only slowly learn to limit ourselves to narrow tastes. We are taught to lose our curiosity by the bludgeon-blows of mass marketing, which brainwash us to see ‘hits,’ and discourage exploration.[Roger Ebert]

Quote:You would not call a man humane for ceasing to set mousetraps if he did so because he believed there were no mice in the house.[C.S. Lewis]

Quote:I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.[Siddhartha Buddha]

Quote:Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.[Dale Carnegie]

Quote:Unless you believe, you will not understand.[Saint Augustine]

Quote:It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.[Thomas Paine]

Quote:It’s passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.[Margaret Thatcher]

Quote:The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.[Henry Kissinger]

Quote:I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.[Martin Luther King Jr.]

Quote:I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob.[William F. Buckley]

Quote:The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.[Bertrand Russell]

Quote:Until you do what you believe in, how do you know whether you believe in it or not?[Leo Tolstoy]

Quote:What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires — desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.[Bertrand Russell]

Quote:If there is a soul, it is a mistake to believe that it is given to us fully created. It is created here, throughout a whole life. And living is nothing else but that long and painful bringing forth.[Albert Camus]

Quote:I believe that the next half century will determine if we will advance the cause of Christian civilization or revert to the horrors of brutal paganism.[Theodore Roosevelt]

Quote:It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.[Anne Frank]

Quote:Those who believe they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.[Aldous Huxley]

Quote:Whoso loves believes the impossible.[Elizabeth Barrett Browning]

Quote:That is the true season of love, when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will love in the same way after us.[Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]

Quote:I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey.[Mark Twain]

Quote:A man should believe in God through faith, not because of miracles.[Nachman of Bratslav]

Quote:The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.[Eleanor Roosevelt]

Quote:I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.[C.S. Lewis]

Quote:I believe in person to person. Every person is Christ for me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment.[Mother Teresa]

Quote:There is no strength in unbelief. Even the unbelief of what is false is no source of might. It is the truth shining from behind that gives the strength to disbelieve.[George MacDonald]

Quote:Man [has] always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much-the wheel, New York, wars and so on-while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man-for precisely the same reason.[Douglas Adams]

Quote:If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our present thoughts are mere accidents – the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the thoughts of the materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else’s. But if their thoughts – i.e., of Materialism and Astronomy – are merely accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true?I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents.It’s like expecting that the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk-jug should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it was upset.[C.S. Lewis]

Quote:To succeed, we must first believe that we can.[Michael Korda]

Quote:Statistician: A man who believes figures don’t lie, but admits that under analysis some of them won’t stand up either. [Evan Esar]

Quote:The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth. [Edith Sitwell]

Quote:I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions. [Herbert Hoover]

Quote:Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to believe. [Laurence J. Peter]

Quote:If you can’t have faith in what is held up to you for faith, you must find things to believe in yourself, for a life without faith in something is too narrow a space to live. [Henry S. Haskins]

Quote:Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge’s chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view. [Lillian Hellman]

Quote:I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. [Thomas Jefferson]

Quote:Liars when they speak the truth are not believed. [Aristotle]

Quote:Man is what he believes. [Anton Chekhov]

Quote:Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes. [Benjamin Disraeli]