We always had lutefisk for Christmas dinner, after which Dad read from the Norwegian Bible.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.
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.
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (1862)
I've been in elementary education for years and my belief is that Christmas pageants in schools are little more than conditioning kids for the Christian religion.
I'm going to be so much better a president for having been at the CIA that you're not going to believe it.
Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.
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.
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.
I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.
All the strength and force of man comes from his faith in things unseen. He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.
The strength of a country is the strength of its religious convictions.
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)
Unless the man who works in an office is able to "sell" himself and his ideas, unless he has the power to convince others of the soundness of his convictions, he can never achieve his goal. He may have the best ideas in the world, he may have plans which would revolutionize entire industries. But unless he can persuade others that his ideas are good, he will never get the chance to put them into effect. Stripped of non-essentials, all business activity is a sales battle. And everyone in business must be a salesman.
Do you believe in immortality? No, and one life is enough for me.
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)
As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions.
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)
A supremely religious man or woman is one who believes deeply and consistently in the veracity of his highest experiences. He has his hours in the cellar ... but he believes in the truth of the hours he spends upstairs.
Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.
Catholics and Communists have committed great crimes, but at least they have not stood aside, like an established society, and been indifferent. I would rather have blood on my hands than water like Pilate.
The Comedians, Pt. III, Ch. 4
Making up your mind does not mean freeing yourself to believe what you want - but examining so closely that you know the result.
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)
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.
Never explain — your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyhow.
The Motto Book (1907)
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.
Heresy is what the minority believe; it is the name given by the powerful to the doctrines of the weak.
I do not believe you can do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow.
I sincerely believe ... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.
I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.
I believe in the immortality of the soul because I have within me immortal longings.
Convictions are the mainsprings of action, the driving powers of life. What a man lives are his convictions.
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.
The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin.
It is unfair to believe everything we hear about lawyers. Some of it might not be true.
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.
I would only believe in a God that knows how to dance.
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
The next generation of businessmen will be articulate, knowing what they believe and entering joyously into the battle of ideas, or there will be no business as we have known it heretofore.
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.
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite.
Sceptical Essays (1928)
As the essence of courage is to stake one’s life on a possibility, so the essence of faith is to believe that the possibility exists.
The will to believe is perhaps the most powerful but certainly the most dangerous human attribute.
The conditions of conquest are always easy. We have but to toil awhile, endure awhile, believe always, and never turn back.
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.
Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.
To have integrity the individual cannot merely be a weathervane turning briskly with every doctrinal wind that blows. He must possess key loyalties and key convictions which can serve as a basis of judgment and a standard of action.
Religion is life and lifts you out of yourself. We must believe God is too big to fail.
I believe in the Golden Rule - The Man with the Gold.. rules.
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"
In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue, but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
Mark Twain's Autobiography (1924)
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.
A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894
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.
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.
Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne.
The Bible, Luke 11. 46.
Religion is a symptom of irrational belief and groundless hope.
House. By Dr. Gregory House.
I find it more comforting to believe that this isn't simply a test.
House, Three Stories. By Dr. Gregory House.
You talk to God, you're religious. God talks to you, you're psychotic.
House, House vs. God. By Dr. Gregory House. Paraphrase of Thomas Szasz, "If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; If you talk to the dead, you are a schizophrenic." (The Second Sin, Anchor/Doubleday, Garden City, NY. 1973, Page 113)
Isn't it interesting... religious behavior is so close to being crazy that we can't tell them apart.
House, House vs. God. By Dr. Gregory House.
No, if you talk to God you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic.
House, House vs. God. By Dr. Gregory House.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Bible, Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
The righteous shall bloom as a date palm tree and shall flourish as a cedar of Lebanon.
Bible, Isaiah 41:19
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Bible, I Corinthians 13:7
Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock.
Bible, Deuteronomy 28:4
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
Bible, Deuteronomy 28:3