Quotes with believe
Anything can be real. Every imaginable thing is happening somewhere along the dimensional axis. These things happen a billion times over with exactly the same outcome and no one learns anything. Whatever a person can think, imagine, wish for, or believe has already come to pass. Dreams come true all the time, just not for the dreamers.
And Another Thing... (2009)
Space ... is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.
A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
Two people died in that photograph: the recipient of the bullet and General Nguyen Ngoc Loan. The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them; but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. What the photograph didn't say was, "What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American people?"
Eulogy: General Nguyen Ngoc Loan by Eddie Adams, Time Magazine, July 27, 1998. Regarding his most famous photograph depicting General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a bound Viet Cong in Saigon. Adams later apologized to the General for the damage done to his reputation and he called the general "a goddamned hero."
Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.
Have a Little Faith: A True Story
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
I think a human can go supersonic, I believe that's true. There are possible difficulties. I'm not sure they'll exhibit themselves until you are fast enough or in dense enough air that you start to create shock waves. And when shock waves influence your ability to stabilize yourself, that's a difficult area to predict. But I think it's possible.
To Felix Baumgartner during their meeting (2010)
Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.
God didn't have time to make a nobody, only a somebody.I believe that each of us has God-given talents within us waiting to be brought to fruition.
If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words.
Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
As long as we believe in sequential time, we see becoming, instead of being. Beyond time, we're all one.
The Bridge Across Forever (1984)
Every time a child says "I don't believe in fairies" there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.
Pete Pan (1928)
I am interested in physical medicine because my father was. I am interested in medical research because I believe in it. I am interested in arthritis because I have it.
The worst derangement of the spirit is to believe things because we want them to be so, not because we have seen them for what they are.
I'm going to be so much better a president for having been at the CIA that you're not going to believe it.
Believe me, there is no such thing as great suffering, great regret, great memory...Everything is forgotten, even great love.
A Happy Death (1971)
I believe the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master of that line.
Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all you heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.
Let us not torment each other because we are not all alike, but believe that God knew best what He was doing in making us so different. So will the best harmony come out of seeming discords, the best affection out of differences, the best life out of struggle, and the best work will be done when each does his own work, and lets every one else do and be what God made him for.
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)
The ethical view of the universe involves us at last in so many cruel and absurd contradictions, where the last vestiges of faith, hope, charity, and even of reason itself, seem ready to perish, that I have come to suspect that the aim of creation cannot be ethical at all. I would fondly believe that its object is purely spectacular: a spectacle for awe, love, adoration, or hate, if you like, but in this view -- and in this view alone -- never for despair!
Some Reminiscences (1912)
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.
I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.
First published in the "Roger Ebert's Journal" column (19 May 2010)
My mind is incapable of conceiving such a thing as a soul. I may be in error, and man may have a soul; but I simply do not believe it. What a soul may be is beyond my understanding.
"Do We Live Again?" an interview with Edison, in The Illustrated London News (May 3, 1924)
If they were to do real investigations we would see several significant high level criminal prosecutions in this country. And that is something that they are not going to let out. And, believe me; they will do everything to cover this up.
Interview by Jim Hogue as it appeared in the Real Path to 9/11 (2003)
America is today the hope of all honorable men who respect the rights of their fellow men and who believe in the principle of freedom and justice.
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Do you believe in immortality? No, and one life is enough for me.
I don't believe there is such a thing; and, frankly, I wouldn't even listen to anyone seriously that came in and talked about such a thing.
News Conference of (August 11, 1954)
I firmly believe that the army of persons who urge greater and greater centralization of authority and greater and greater dependence upon the federal treasury are really more dangerous to our form of government than any external threat that can possibly be arrayed against us.
In a letter to Rep. Gwinn declaring opposition to a bill on federal aid for education (June 13, 1949)
Commerce is a game of skill, which every man cannot play, which few men can play well. The right merchant is one who has the just average of faculties we call common sense; a man of a strong affinity for facts, who makes up his decision on what he has seen. He is thoroughly persuaded of the truths of arithmetic. There is always a reason, in the man, for his good or bad fortune, and so, in making money. Men talk as if there were some magic about this, and believe in magic, in all parts of life. He knows, that all goes on the old road, pound for pound, cent for cent, — for every effect a perfect cause, — and that good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.
The Conduct of Life (1860)
I believe that producing pictures, as I do, is almost solely a question of wanting so very much to do it well.
It is human nature to want to exchange ideas, and I believe that, at bottom, every artist wants no more than to tell the world what he has to say. I have sometimes heard painters say that they paint "for themselves": but I think they would soon have painted their fill if they lived on a desert island.
I went to Sunday School and liked the stories about Christ and the Christmas star. They were beautiful. They made you warm and happy to think about. But I didn't believe them. The Sunday School teacher talked too much in the way our grade school teacher used to when she told us about George Washington. Pleasant, pretty stories, but not true.
God dies (1931)
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. I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery, and death.
If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.
I shall not survive this cruel misfortune. The consequences will be worse than defeat itself. I have no resources left, and, to speak quite frankly I believe everything is lost. I shall not outlive the downfall of my country. Farewell, forever!
There is enormous inertia -- a tyranny of the status quo -- in private and especially governmental arrangements. Only a crisis -- actual or perceived -- produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable.
Capitalism and Freedom (1962)
I believe that the experience of love is the most human and humanizing act that it is given to man to enjoy and that it, like reason, makes no sense if conceived in a partial way.
I believe that the fundamental alternative for man is the choice between "life" and "death"; between creativity and destructive violence; between reality and illusions; between objectivity and intolerance; between brotherhood-independence and dominance-submission.
I believe that if an individual is not on the path to transcending his society and seeing in what way it furthers or impedes the development of human potential, he cannot enter into intimate contact with his humanity. If the tabus, restrictions, distorted values appear "natural" to him, this is a clear indication that he cannot have a real knowledge of human nature.
We believe America is practicing all kinds of terrorism against Libya. Even the accusation that we are involved in terrorism is in itself an act of terrorism.
Interview in Time (June 8, 1981)
We are not responsible for what might be done with the weapons we give to the Palestinians. We give them to the Palestinians because we believe in their cause and we believe we have a duty to help them. What happens afterwards is none of my business. If I am to be found guilty by proxy, I prefer charges that are direct. But there is no proof.
Interview (December 9, 1979)
I don't feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
I believe it’s true that the difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next.
The E-Myth Revisited
Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant time. It is true that you are quietly shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front seat as spectator, and if you have really played your part you are more content to sit down and watch.
We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were early implanted in his imagination; no matter how utterly his reason may reject them, he will still feel as the famous woman did about ghosts, Je n'y crois pas, mais je les crains,—"I don't believe in them, but I am afraid of them, nevertheless".
The Poet at the Breakfast Table (1879)
I think that we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country.
The world has its fling at lawyers sometimes, but its very denial is an admission. It feels, what I believe to be the truth, that of all secular professions this has the highest standards.
I decided long ago never to walk in anyone's shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe.
Never explain — your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyhow.
The Motto Book (1907)
Heresy is what the minority believe; it is the name given by the powerful to the doctrines of the weak.
In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.
Why not just tell people I'm an alien from Mars? Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight. They'll believe anything you say, because you're a reporter. But if I, Michael Jackson, were to say, "I'm an alien from Mars and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight," people would say, "Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts. He's cracked up. You can't believe a single word that comes out of his mouth."
I sincerely believe ... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
The concept of genetic disease, enthusiastically appropriated by the medical sciences for complex institutional and economic reasons, represents an expansion of molecular biology far beyond its technical successes.. Today we are being told -- and judging from media accounts, are apparently coming to believe -- that what makes us human is our genes. Indeed, the very notion of "culture" as distinct from "biology" seems to have vanished.
"Nature, Nurture, and the Human Genome Project," in Daniel J. Kevles and Leroy Hood, eds. The Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project. (1992)
I believe in the immortality of the soul because I have within me immortal longings.
We believe that when men reach beyond this planet, they should leave their national differences behind them.
I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project...will be more exciting, or more impressive to mankind, or more important...and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish...
I have not urged a mechanical fusion of the civil rights and peace movements. There are people who have come to see the moral imperative of equality, but who cannot yet see the moral imperative of world brotherhood. I would like to see the fervor of the civil-rights movement imbued into the peace movement to instill it with greater strength. And I believe everyone has a duty to be in both the civil-rights and peace movements. But for those who presently choose but one, I would hope they will finally come to see the moral roots common to both.
Speech at an antiwar demonstration, April 15, 1967.
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.
Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, Dec. 10, 1964
Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so.
Nothing, believe me, nothing is more satisfying to me personally than getting a great idea and then beatin' it to death.
Late Night with David Letterman (March 5. 1993)
I do not believe that we can still speak of one structuralism. There were a whole lot of movements that claimed to be structuralist.
It is unfair to believe everything we hear about lawyers. Some of it might not be true.
I believe most people are aware of periods in their lives when they seem to be "in grace" and other periods when they feel "out of grace," even though they may use different words to describe these states.
Gift from the Sea (1955)
Technological man can't believe in anything that can't be measured, taped, or put into a computer.
Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.
Stick to the thing and carry it through. Believe you were made for the place you fill, and that no one else can fill it as well. Put forth your whole energies. Be awake, electrify yourself; go forth to the task. Only once learn to carry a thing through in all its completeness and proportion, and you will become a hero. You will think better of yourself; others will think better of you. The world in its very heart admires the stern, determined doer.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Jurors who are opposed to capital punishment are more likely to believe that a defendant's failure to testify is indicative of his guilt, more hostile to the insanity defense, more mistrustful of defense attorneys and less concerned about the danger of erroneous convictions.
Indians don't have a devil, like Islam, or evil in our lives, we don't believe in evil. We believe in life and all things in life; but life can be tricky, so we have a trickster.
Interview with Linda Brookover, March 11, 1996.
It is the natural tendency of the ignorant to believe what is not true. In order to overcome that tendency it is not sufficient to exhibit the true; it is also necessary to expose and denounce the false.
The American Mercury (May 1926)
By what route do otherwise sane men come to believe such palpable nonsense? How is it possible for a human brain to be divided into two insulated halves, one functioning normally, naturally and even brilliantly, and the other capable only of such ghastly balderdash which issues from the minds of Baptist evangelists?
The American Mercury (February 1926)
The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.
A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949)
If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.
The Colossus of Maroussi (1941)
Nothing hurts quite like the loss of old friends. There are ways to cope at the time they die. But weeks and months later you realize you can’t phone them and talk: Duke Ellington, Romare Bearden, Ralph Ellison, Alfred Kazin, Robert Penn Warren, Joseph Mitchell. It’s hard to believe they’re all gone.
I would only believe in a God that knows how to dance.
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
If he were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there.
At King Memorial dedication (October 16, 2011)
We never give up, we believe in each other, we believe in the coach, we believe in everybody. Only when you believe do you win the Stanley Cup.
In Associated Press (June 13, 2008)
I had long known that it was impossible for a journalist to convey 100 percent of the truth, but I didn't realize to what extent the truth is distorted, both by the intentions of the journalist and by neglect. I don't mean just the interpretations of what happened; I also mean the facts. The reporting about Sharon and the murders was virtually criminal. Reading the papers, I could not believe my eyes. I could not believe my eyes! They blamed the victims for their own murders. I really despise the press. I didn't always. The press made me despise it.
Playboy interview, 1971
The world isn't getting any better, which is quite alienating. Scientific progress seems to amplify rather than lessen our problems. Inventions proliferate, the economy booms, but people suffer ever more. I think there are simply too many people. Progress can't keep up with the growing population, although we like to believe otherwise. 
We believe elegance can be casual. We believe gracefulness can be compatible with fits of laughter. We believe in living a colorful life.
I believe history has a habit of repeating itself, that's for sure, but one of things I'm critical of my country on is that we don't seem to take note of the lessons that history teaches us. My country is pretty prone to everything wanting to be black and white, or red, white and blue. And in my experience of life, nothing was ever that simple. No one was dealing with the grey areas. So I decided to become a filmmaker so I could deal with that.
One day I should like to live in Ireland. I love the Irish, the more I see of other races the more I believe the Irish are the only real people left, and apart from that they have space and clear air in which to wander and think and to feel free.
Jealousy is in a manner just and reasonable, as it tends to preserve a good which belongs, or which we believe belongs to us. Envy, on the other hand, is a fury that cannot endure the happiness of others.
Lucky people are often bad hands at correcting their faults; they believe that they are right when luck backs up their vice or folly.
Whatever distrust we may have of the sincerity of those who converse with us, we always believe they will tell us more truth than they do to others.
I believe it is a religious duty to get all the money you can, fairly and honestly; to keep all you can, and to give away all you can.
Time Magazine, May 21, 1928.
God gave me my money. I believe the power to make money is a gift from God -- to be developed and used to the best of our ability for the good of mankind.
Believing that fundamental conditions of the country are sound and there is nothing in the business situation to warrant the destruction of values that has taken place on the exchanges during the past week, my son and I have for some days been purchasing sound common stocks. We are continuing and will continue our purchases in substantial amounts at levels which we believe represent sound investment values.
I believe that the power to make money is a gift from God.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Every man has a right to his own property; which means a right to be assured, to the fullest extent attainable, in the safety of his savings. By no other means can men carry the burdens of those parts of life which, in the nature of things, afford no chance of labor; childhood, sickness, old age. In all thought of property, this right is paramount; all other property rights must yield to it. If, in accord with this principle, we must restrict the operations of the speculator, the manipulator, even the financier, I believe we must accept the restriction as needful, not to hamper individualism but to protect it.
Commonwealth Club Address, San Francisco, CA on September 23, 1932
Working women have the same need to protection that working men have; the ballot is as necessary for one class as to the other; we do not believe that with the two sexes there is identity of function; but we do believe there should be equality of right.
Speech, National Convention of the Progressive Party, Chicago, IL, August 6, 1912
There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ's moral character, and that is that He believed in hell. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment.
Why I Am Not a Christian (1927)
I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive. I am not young and I love life. But I should scorn to shiver with terror at the thought of annihilation. Happiness is nonetheless true happiness because it must come to an end, nor do thought and love lose their value because they are not everlasting.
What I Believe (1925)
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite.
Sceptical Essays (1928)
I believe that the abolition of private ownership of land and capital is a necessary step toward any world in which the nations are to live at peace with one another.
Proposed Roads To Freedom (1918)
The law of causality, I believe, like mud that passes muster among philosophers, is a relic of a bygone age, surviving, like the monarchy, only because it is erroneously supposed to do no harm.
Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays (1918)
I believe marriage to be the best and most important relation that can exist between two human beings.
Marriage and Morals (1929)
I do not believe that I am now dreaming, but I cannot prove that I am not. I am, however, quite certain that I am having certain experiences, whether they be those of a dream or those of waking life.
Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits (1948)
I observe that a very large portion of the human race does not believe in God and suffers no visible punishment in consequence. And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that he would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt his existence.
Bertrand Russell's Best: Silhouettes in Satire (1958)
If you believe in God, believe in Death Row East.
The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
I believe in my conscience I intercept many a thought which heaven intended for another man.
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760-1767)
I believe in the Golden Rule - The Man with the Gold.. rules.
Since the masses are always eager to believe something, for their benefit nothing is so easy to arrange as facts.
It was, I believe, around 1959 or at the beginning of the sixties that I began to think about what I was later to call Structuralism.
We were never hyphenated as Arab-Americans. We were American, and I have always rejected the hyphen and I believe all assimilated immigrants should not be designated ethnically. Or separated, of course, by race, or creed either. These are trends that ever try to divide us as a people.
About growing up
I don't believe a committee can write a book. It can, oh, govern a country, perhaps, but I don't believe it can write a book.
A cat is more intelligent than people believe, and can be taught any crime.
I believe you keep a lawyer. I have always kept a lawyer, too, though I have never made anything out of him. It is a service to an author to have a lawyer. There is something so disagreeable in having a personal contact with a publisher. So it is better to work through a lawyer--and lose your case.
Mark Twains Speeches, "Author's Club"
My own luck has been curious all my literary life; I could never tell a lie that anybody would doubt, nor a truth that anybody would believe.
From India to South Africa, November 1897. As it appeared in McClure's Magazine.
The trouble is that the stupid people -- who constitute the grand overwhelming majority of this and all other nations -- do believe and are molded and convinced by what they get out of a newspaper.
I sincerely believe that the majority of the victims of the illegal repression were guerrilla militants.
Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.
We are apt to form romantic and exaggerated notions about the moral innocence of our ancestors. Ages of ignorance and simplicity are thought to be ages of purity. The direct contrary, I believe, is the case.
The History of English Poetry (1774-81)
I believe in white supremacy, until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don't believe giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.
Interview with Playboy, May 1971
The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894
I don't believe in failure. It's not failure if you enjoyed the process.
When the interests of mankind are at stake, they will obey with joy the man whom they believe to be wiser than themselves. You may prove this on all sides: you may see how the sick man will beg the doctor to tell him what he ought to do, how a whole ship’s company will listen to the pilot.
We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home.