Quotes with belief
Structuralism is the belief that phenomena of human life are not intelligible except through their interrelations. These relations constitute a structure, and behind local variations in the surface phenomena there are constant laws of abstract culture.
Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.
No human beings more dangerous than those who have suffered for a belief: the great persecutors are recruited from the martyrs not quite beheaded. Far from diminishing the appetite for power, suffering exasperates it.
Liberalism is part of a religious disorder that demands a belief that life is controllable.
How to Talk to a Liberal if You Must (2004)
Contrary to popular belief, I've never been to rehab. I've never been to jail, never been arrested. All the child-star clichés. I've tried very hard to avoid them all.
I envy no quality of the mind or intellect in others; not genius, power, wit, nor fancy; but, if I could choose what would be most delightful, and, I believe, most useful to me, I should prefer a firm religious belief to every other blessing.
Give up the belief that mind is, even temporarily, compressed within the skull, and you will quickly become more manly or womanly. You will understand yourself and your Maker better than before.
A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it ... gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
Capitalism and Freedom (1962)
It is a belief that says small businesses in the United States simply do not work; the people who own them do. And what we have also discovered is that the people who own small businesses in this country work far more than they should for the return they’re getting. Indeed, the problem is not that the owners of small businesses in this country don’t work; the problem is that they’re doing the wrong work.
The E-Myth Revisited
A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.
I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.
Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
Prejudices, Third Series (1922)
Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know -- and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me -- has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.
'Notes On Journalism' in the Chicago Tribune (19 September 1926)
The strange American ardor for passing laws, the insane belief in regulation and punishment, plays into the hands of the reformers, most of them quacks themselves. Their efforts, even when honest, seldom accomplish any appreciable good.
Editorial in TheAmerican Mercury (May 1924)
No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.
The Wisdom of the Heart (1951)
After one has abandoned a belief in God, poetry is that essence which takes its place as life’s redemption.
Opus Posthumous (1955)
My belief is that if we live another century or so -- I am talking of the common life which is the real life and not of the little separate lives which we live as individuals -- and have five hundred a year each of us and rooms of our own; if we have the habit of freedom and the courage to write exactly what we think.
A Room of One's Own (1929)