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Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence
Richard Dawkins

No one has the right to destroy another person's belief by demanding empirical evidence.
Ann Landers

The new manager has given us unbelivable belief.
Paul Merson

Christopher Reeve understood that everything begins with hope. His vision of walking again, his belief that he would be able to in his lifetime, towered over his broken body.
Patti Davis

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
Henry L Mencken

A good example from the biological world of complex changes appearing to be simple is the belief in spontaneous generation.
Michael Behe

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
James Thurber

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
Tom Robbins

As an artist, you dream about accumulating enough successful music to someday do just one greatest-hits album, but to reach the point where you're releasing your second collection of hits is beyond belief.
Gloria Estefan

A key to my thinking has always been the almost fanatical belief that what I was engaged in was a literary art form.
Will Eisner

Calvinism is the belief that there are three Gods.
Thomas Paine

There are many qualities that make a great leader. But having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader.
Rudy Giuliani

I am not wrong in the belief that its public funds are more secure than those of all the European powers.
Albert Gallatin

Perhaps the belief in God is the belief that the universe is intelligible, but not to us.
Thomas Nagel

Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit, and if he doesn't, he should be ashamed of himself.
Robertson Davies

His great trick was making the game simple, supplying players with the confidence and self-belief of Muhammad Ali [on Brian Clough]
John McGovern

The process of philosophic and scientific enlightenment has shaken the stability of beliefs held explicitly as articles of faith.
Michael Polanyi

Sickness is a belief, to be annihilated by the divine Mind
Mary Baker Eddy

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

The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief.
Sigmund Freud

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 rumour.
Aldous Huxley

We must be open to all who share our values and our beliefs - young, old, black, white, straight, gay. Under my leadership there will be no more grumpy Conservatism.
David Davis

Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.
William James

It is my belief that we all have the need to feel special. It is this need that can bring out the best in us, yet the worst in us.
Janet Jackson

Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me.
Bertrand Russell

Our belief in any particular natural law cannot have a safer basis than our unsuccessful critical attempts to refute it.
[Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge]
Karl Popper

It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief.
Lionel Trilling

We are all captives of the picture in our head - our belief that the world we have experienced is the world that really exists.
Walter Lippmann

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life IS worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
James Truslow Adams

Alas, the fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.
Thomas Carlyle

Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.
Richard Dawkins

'It was Christianity which first painted the devil on the worlds wall; It was Christianity which first brought sin into the world. Belief in the cure which it offered has now been shaken to it's deepest roots; but belief in the sickness which it taught and propagated continues to exist'.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
William James

No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavour to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion.
Jeremy Bentham

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

In the blood of the martyrs to intolerance are the seeds of unbelief
Walter J Lippmann

It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self-conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations are in a conspiracy to under-value them.
Henry James

Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.
Peter Ustinov

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

Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
Tom Wolfe

A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest.
Henry Ellis

Grieve not the Christ of God, who redeems us; and remember that we grieve Him most when we will not let Him pour His love upon us, but turn a sullen, unresponsive unbelief towards His pleading grace, as some glacier shuts out the sunshine from the mountainside with its thick-ribbed ice
Alexander Maclaren

Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
Ambrose Bierce

Belief in the absence of illusions is itself an illusion. [And what about belief in the illusion of the absence of illusions?]
Barbara Harrison

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important
Bertrand Russell

The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.
Peter Ustinov

Credulity is belief in slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence.
Tryon Edwards

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart
Walter J Lippmann

There is a place in this world for satire but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry toward religious beliefs begins.
Isaac Hayes



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