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Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.

Walter Bagehot (1826-1877) British economist.

Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.

James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American writer.

We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.

James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American writer.

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do.

James Allen (1864-1912) British-born American essayist.


Our systems, perhaps, are nothing more than an unconscious apology for our faults --a gigantic scaffolding whose object is to hide from us our favorite sin.

Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss writer.

If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.

Saint Augustine (354-430) Theologian.

Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.

All are inclined to believe what they covet, from a lottery-ticket up to a passport to Paradise.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

The most fearful unbelief is unbelief in your self.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.