Quotes and Sayings about Beliefs
"Everyone's entitled to express their political beliefs. I don't presume to tell anybody who to vote for. I am comfortable telling people what my opinions are."
- Ben Affleck
(Related: People, Beliefs, Opinions, Vote)
"While everyone I work with may not share my beliefs, I have been surrounded by nothing but support."
- Clay Aiken
(Related: Work, Beliefs, May, Nothing, Support)
"As Governor, I could think of only one way to unify our State that was made up of so many different climates, political beliefs and people, and that was our music."
- Lamar Alexander
(Related: Music, People, Beliefs, State)
"The outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs."
- James Lane Allen
(Related: Life, Beliefs, Will)
"Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love. If I do not love a person I am not moved to help him by proofs that he is in need; if I do love him, I wait for no proof of a special need to urge me to help him."
- Roland Allen
(Related: Love, Arguments, Beliefs, Help, Proof, Zeal)
"Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!"
- Matthew Arnold
(Related: Home, Beliefs, Causes, Names)
"Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger."
- Richard Bach
(Related: Men, Beliefs)
"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
(Related: Beliefs, Impossibility)
"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
(Related: Experience, Thought, Beliefs, Deeds)
"Standards of beauty are arbitrary. Body shame exists only to the extent that our physiques don't match our own beliefs about how we should look."
- Martha Beck
(Related: Beauty, Beliefs, Body, Shame)
"The basic fault lines today are not between people with different beliefs but between people who hold these beliefs with an element of uncertainty and people who hold these beliefs with a pretense of certitude."
- Peter L. Berger
(Related: People, Beliefs, Fault, Today, Uncertainty)
"Our institute's agenda is relatively simple. We study the relationship between social-economic change and culture. By culture we mean beliefs, values and lifestyles. We cover a broad range of issues, and we work very internationally."
- Peter L. Berger
(Related: Change, Work, Values, Beliefs, Culture, Study)
"The real evidence is not practically speaking in scholarship but in how Jesus and the Christianity based on him manifest themselves in the lives of practising Christians. Their lives are the proofs of their beliefs."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: Christianity, Beliefs)
"And I think the rolling polls put more pressure on them to sustain their beliefs and to improve their delivery of the policy and their delivery of the ideas so that they can garner support for whatever principle they're articulating."
- Jim Bolger
(Related: Policy, Ideas, Beliefs, Pressure, Support)
"Knowledge of other people's beliefs and ways of thinking must be used to build bridges, not to create conflicts."
- Kjell Magne Bondevik
(Related: People, Knowledge, Beliefs, Thinking)
"The only way to be true to our American tradition is to maintain absolute governmental neutrality regarding religious beliefs and practices."
- Bill Bradley
(Related: American, Beliefs, Neutrality, Religious, Tradition)
"Neither, I must say with all due respect, is it the power of teachers and students. Basically the true and real power is with working people of all colors, of all beliefs, of all national origins."
- Harry Bridges
(Related: Power, People, Beliefs, Colors, Respect, Students, Teachers)
"Atrocities are human nature - they don't have political beliefs, color, creed or anything like that. They just happen, it's human."
- Clancy Brown
(Related: Nature, Beliefs, Human nature)
"America is a Nation with a mission - and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Peace, America, Beliefs, Desire, Dignity, Rights, Man, Mission, Nation, Woman)
"We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: Dreams, People, Beliefs)
"The domination of western values, beliefs and way of life has angered many from the east and in developing countries."
- Silvia Cartwright
(Related: Life, Values, Beliefs, Countries)
"My own personal, moral, spiritual, religious, etc. beliefs don't oppose same-gender marriage."
- Ed Case
(Related: Marriage, Beliefs, Religious, Spiritual)
"The universities are available only to those who share my revolutionary beliefs."
- Fidel Castro
"In fact, the U.S. military has bent over backwards to respect the religious beliefs of some very dangerous fanatics who want to kill us."
- Linda Chavez
(Related: Beliefs, Fact, Fanatics, Military, Religious, Respect, Want)
"Do not try to approach God with your thinking mind. It may only stimulate your intellectual ideas, activities, and beliefs. Try to approach God with your crying heart. It will awaken your soulful, spiritual consciousness."
- Sri Chinmoy
(Related: God, Heart, Ideas, Beliefs, Consciousness, May, Mind, Spiritual, Thinking, Will)
"Beliefs and values that have held sway for thousands of years will be questioned as never before."
- Carol P. Christ
(Related: Values, Beliefs, Will, Years)
"There is nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitor."
- Frank Howard Clark
(Related: Beliefs, Help, Nothing, Trying)
"There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child."
- Frank Howard Clark
(Related: Beliefs, Help, Nothing, Trying)
"Once Ptolemy and Plato, yesterday Newton, today Einstein, and tomorrow new faiths, new beliefs, and new dimensions."
- Albert Claude
(Related: Beliefs, Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday)
"The harm which is done by credulity in a man is not confined to the fostering of a credulous character in others, and consequent support of false beliefs."
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Related: Character, Beliefs, Credulity, Harm, Man, Support)
"An atmosphere of beliefs and conceptions has been formed by the labours and struggles of our forefathers, which enables us to breathe amid the various and complex circumstances of our life."
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Related: Life, Beliefs, Circumstances)
"Conservatism clings to what has been established, fearing that, once we begin to question the beliefs that we have inherited, all the values of life will be destroyed."
- Morris Raphael Cohen
(Related: Life, Values, Beliefs, Conservatism, Question, Will)
"Other people's beliefs may be myths, but not mine."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: People, Beliefs, May, Myths)
"When you are getting ready to become a mom, being in love with someone just isn't enough. You need to think about whether he would be a good parent and raise your children with similar beliefs."
- Cindy Crawford
(Related: Love, Mom, Being, Beliefs, Children)
"The price of seeking to force our beliefs on others is that someday they might force their beliefs on us."
- Mario Cuomo
(Related: Beliefs, Force)
"Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where's the harm? September 11th changed all that."
- Richard Dawkins
(Related: Religion, Thought, People, Beliefs, Harm, Nonsense)
"At every turn when there has been an imbalance of power, the truth questioned, or our beliefs and values distorted, the change required to restore our nation has always come from the bottom up from our people."
- Howard Dean
(Related: Change, Power, Truth, People, Values, Beliefs, Nation)
"Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs."
- Guy Debord
(Related: Beliefs, Ignorance, Quotations)
"Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis."
- John Dewey
(Related: History, Beliefs, Man, Old, Surrender)
"The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs."
- John Dewey
(Related: Work, Beliefs, Old, Trouble)
"Superstitions are habits rather than beliefs."
- Marlene Dietrich
(Related: Beliefs, Habits)
"This is a free country, and nobody should be criticized for their political beliefs. We're all allowed to have our opinions."
- Shannen Doherty
(Related: Beliefs, Country, Opinions)
"In Lincoln's day a President's religion was a very private affair. There were no public prayer meetings, no attempts to woo the Religious Right. Few of Lincoln's countrymen knew anything at all of his religious beliefs."
- David Herbert Donald
(Related: Religion, Beliefs, Day, Meetings, Prayer, President, Public, Religious, Right)
"All business proceeds on beliefs, or judgements of probabilities, and not on certainties."
- Charles W. Eliot
(Related: Business, Beliefs)
"Rational beliefs bring us closer to getting good results in the real world."
- Albert Ellis
(Related: Beliefs, Results, World)
"A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest."
- Henry Ellis
(Related: Beliefs, Man)
"We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Apples, Beliefs, Man)
"Happy is he who has gained the wealth of divine thoughts, wretched is he whose beliefs about the gods are dark."
(Related: Gods, Thoughts, Wealth, Beliefs)
"When it comes to controlling human beings, there is no better instrument than lies. Because you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts."
- Michael Ende
(Related: Power, Beliefs, Lies)
"My core beliefs revolve around the idea that we should live to the best of our abilities-we should live and let live."
(Related: Idea, Beliefs)
"If the truth contradicts deeply held beliefs, that is too bad."
- Hans Eysenck
(Related: Truth, Beliefs)
"I don't feel particularly comfortable about actors using whatever power they may have to push their beliefs, unless they're extremely well informed."
- Ralph Fiennes
(Related: Power, Actors, Beliefs, May)
"When she was younger, my mother was quite committed to Roman Catholicism. But she got disillusioned with it and moved closer to something like Buddhist beliefs near the end of her life."
- Ralph Fiennes
(Related: Life, Mother, Buddhist, Beliefs, Catholicism, End)
"You can't control people. You must understand them. You have to know where they're coming from, their beliefs and values, what turns them off, what they're against."
- Hayden Fry
(Related: People, Control, Values, Beliefs)
"Research on child abuse suggests that religious beliefs can foster, encourage, and justify the abuse of children. When contempt for sex underlies teachings, this creates a breeding ground for abuse."
- Mary Garden
(Related: Sex, Abuse, Beliefs, Breeding, Children, Contempt, Religious, Research)
"It takes a lot more energy to fail than to succeed, since it takes a lot of concentrated energy to hold on to beliefs that don't work."
- Jerry Gillies
(Related: Work, Beliefs, Energy, Succeed)
"The beliefs expressed in the Declaration of Independence remain a standard for our nation today. They also remain a standard for those nations across the globe striving to achieve democracy."
- Paul Gillmor
(Related: Beliefs, Democracy, Independence, Nation, Nations, Today)
"The only people available to change the world are the people now living in it, with all the beliefs they bring along - however retrograde those beliefs may appear to those of us who see ourselves as enlightened."
- Todd Gitlin
(Related: Change, People, Beliefs, Living, May, Now, World)
"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
(Related: Leader, Being, Beliefs, Popular)
"In times when religious or political faith or hope predominates, the writer functions totally in unison with society, and expresses society's feelings, beliefs, and hopes in perfect harmony."
- Juan Goytisolo
(Related: Faith, Society, Feelings, Hope, Beliefs, Harmony, Religious, Writer)
"We may take it to be the accepted idea that the Mosaic books were not handed down to us for our instruction in scientific knowledge, and that it is our duty to ground our scientific beliefs upon observation and inference, unmixed with considerations of a different order."
- Asa Gray
(Related: Idea, Knowledge, Beliefs, Books, Duty, May, Observation, Order)
"There is a class, moreover, by whom all these scientific theories, and more are held as ascertained facts, and as the basis of philosophical inferences which strike at the root of theistic beliefs."
- Asa Gray
(Related: Beliefs, Class, Facts, Theories)
"It remains to consider what attitude thoughtful men and Christian believers should take respecting them, and how they stand related to beliefs of another order."
- Asa Gray
(Related: Men, Attitude, Christian, Beliefs, Order, Thoughtful)
"The beliefs concerning reincarnation have great ethical impact on human life and our relationship to the world."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Life, Beliefs, Reincarnation, World)
"I stood up as best I could to their disgusting stupidity and brutality, but I did not, of course, manage to beat them at their own game. It was a fight to the bitter end, one in which I was not defending ideals or beliefs but simply my own self."
- George Grosz
(Related: Beliefs, End, Fight, Ideals, Self, Stupidity)
"I believe people who practice their beliefs in daily life are activists."
- Jasmine Guy
(Related: Life, People, Beliefs, Practice)
"Given the fact that most religions share basic values, it is most unfortunate that religious people can be played off against each other so easily. One possible reason for this may be that people do not know enough about other people's beliefs."
- Alcee Hastings
(Related: People, Values, Beliefs, Fact, May, Reason, Religious)
"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
(Related: Time, Beliefs, Bigotry, Intolerance, Religious, Satire, World)
"Broad tolerance in the matter of beliefs is necessarily a part of the new ethics."
- Lafcadio Hearn
(Related: Beliefs, Ethics, Tolerance)
"It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip."
- Robert A. Heinlein
(Related: Beliefs, Gossip)
"All business proceeds on beliefs, or judgments of probabilities, and not on certainties."
- William Reddington Hewlett
(Related: Business, Beliefs)
"Customs form us all, our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed beliefs; are consequences of our place of birth."
- Aaron Hill
(Related: Thoughts, Beliefs, Consequences, Morals)
"One must marry one's feelings to one's beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one's life."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Life, Feelings, Ideas, Beliefs, Harmony, Measure)
"An illustration I use to get people to understand it is this: I'll ask major corporate audiences: Why don't you just take all your traditional beliefs about organizations, and apply them to the neurons in your brain?"
- Dee Hock
(Related: People, Beliefs, Corporate)
"We can trust our doctors to be professional, to minister equally to their patients without regard to their political or religious beliefs. But we can no longer trust our professors to do the same."
- David Horowitz
(Related: Trust, Beliefs, Doctors, Religious)
"I played saxophone, so I was into jazz. I learned from each audience and each teacher that I had. I can't really tell you any rules or anything, but the way I develop my beliefs is really just by personally learning from different situations."
- Chad Hugo
(Related: Beliefs, Jazz, Learning, Rules)
"We emerged from the events of September 11 more steadfast in our beliefs, more courageous in our actions and more determined to protect our values than ever before."
- Jane D. Hull
(Related: Values, Actions, Beliefs, Events)
"God help us from those who believe that they are the sole possessors of truth. How we manage at times to agree willingly to become prisoners within our own minds and souls of beliefs and ideas on which we can never be flexible."
- King Hussein I
(Related: God, Truth, Ideas, Beliefs, Help)
"It is not to be forgotten that what we call rational grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts."
- Thomas Huxley
"The Young Women's Christian Association is nourished by its roots in Christianity and, at the same time, over the years, it's been enriched by beliefs and values from all kinds of places, even, in fact, strengthened by our diversity."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Time, Women, Values, Christian, Christianity, Beliefs, Diversity, Fact, Years)
"I come from a Christian faith. I am not going to give you insight into my particular beliefs."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Faith, Christian, Beliefs)
"Those people who want to express their religious beliefs on public property should enjoy the same rights that we provide to those protesting the war in Iraq."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: War, People, Beliefs, Rights, Iraq, Property, Public, Religious, Want)
"The US constitution's First Amendment rights only cover Americans, but I believe that in a democracy the competition of ideas and free speech should combat beliefs that it does not agree with - more speech and debate, not censorship."
- Joichi Ito
(Related: Ideas, Americans, Beliefs, Censorship, Competition, Constitution, Debate, Democracy, First, Free speech, Rights)
"Truth lives, in fact, for the most part on a credit system. Our thoughts and beliefs pass, so long as nothing challenges them, just as bank-notes pass so long as nobody refuses them."
- William James
(Related: Truth, Thoughts, Beliefs, Credit, Fact, Nothing)
"Your behavior is based on your beliefs, and what you do and say, over and over again, helps develop your habits."
- Darren L. Johnson
(Related: Behavior, Beliefs, Habits)
"In conversion you are not attached primarily to an order, nor to an institution, nor a movement, nor a set of beliefs, nor a code of action - you are attached primarily to a Person, and secondarily to these other things."
- E. Stanley Jones
(Related: Action, Beliefs, Order)
"Our concept of governing is derived from our view of people. It is a concept deeply rooted in a set of beliefs firmly etched in the national conscience, of all of us."
- Barbara Jordan
(Related: People, Beliefs, Conscience)
"In other times, I could stand here and give this kind of exposition on the beliefs of the Democratic Party and that would be enough. But today that is not enough. People want more."
- Barbara Jordan
(Related: People, Beliefs, Party, Today, Want)
"The Islam of the 18th, 19th and first half of the 20th century was a poor thing. Nobody bothered about it. Islam was that funny sort of pure system of beliefs that depressed people in the Middle East held as their religion."
- John Keegan
(Related: Funny, Religion, People, Islam, Beliefs, First, Poor)
"Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Beliefs, Commitment, Oppression, Persecution, Tolerance)
"Cross cultural experience teaches us not simply that people have different beliefs, but that people seek meaning and understand themselves in some sense as members of a cosmos ruled by God."
- Jeane Kirkpatrick
(Related: Experience, God, People, Beliefs, Cosmos, Meaning, Sense)
"We're very open and outspoken about our faith and our beliefs. We also talk about our doubts, our moments of insecurities. We talk about it all day, how we're inspired by God. We recognize little miracles every day, and that's how we're raising our daughter."
- Boris Kodjoe
(Related: Faith, Daughter, God, Beliefs, Day, Miracles, Moments, Open, Talk)
"Responsibility and respect of others and their religious beliefs are also part of freedom."
- Horst Koehler
(Related: Beliefs, Freedom, Religious, Respect, Responsibility)
"The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Beliefs, Body, Consciousness, Mind)
"The more we can get together and talk about various perspectives, feelings, beliefs, the better."
- William P. Leahy
(Related: Feelings, Beliefs, Talk)
"I'm not ashamed of my spiritual beliefs, but I in no way incorporate them into this band."
- Amy Lee
(Related: Beliefs, Spiritual)
"There is no exit from the circle of one's beliefs."
- Keith Lehrer
"Being stuck is a position few of us like. We want something new but cannot let go of the old - old ideas, beliefs, habits, even thoughts. We are out of contact with our own genius. Sometimes we know we are stuck; sometimes we don't. In both cases we have to DO something."
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Genius, Ideas, Thoughts, Being, Beliefs, Habits, Old, Want)
"I am proud to be an American, and proud that such beliefs are at the core of our country and its citizens."
- John Linder
(Related: American, Beliefs, Country)
"Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon."
- Walter Lippmann
"Some critics of my work took the view that a satirist should defer to the finer feelings of his readers and respect widely held beliefs."
- David Low
(Related: Work, Feelings, Beliefs, Respect)
"Superstitions and belief in magic are perennial in just the same way as religion, and something near to being universal among mankind; and why this is so may be interesting, but in most cases the beliefs themselves are devoid of interesting content, at least to me."
- Bryan Magee
(Related: Religion, Belief, Being, Beliefs, Content, Magic, Mankind, May)
"Realizing that our actions, feelings and behaviour are the result of our own images and beliefs gives us the level that psychology has always needed for changing personality."
- Maxwell Maltz
(Related: Feelings, Actions, Beliefs, Personality, Psychology, Result)
"Further-more, partisan attachments powerfully shape political perceptions, beliefs and values, and incumbents enjoy advantages well beyond the way in which their districts are configured."
- Thomas E. Mann
(Related: Values, Beliefs, Perceptions)
"There really have only ever been a few people in each generation who step out, are willing to put themselves on the line, and risk everything for their beliefs."
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: People, Beliefs, Risk)
"If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?"
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Change, Life, Beliefs, News, Will)
"Don't make the mistake of thinking that you have to agree with people and their beliefs to defend them from injustice."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Mistake, People, Beliefs, Injustice, Thinking)
"You always really have to remain consistent in your beliefs and philosophy."
- Mark Messier
(Related: Beliefs, Philosophy)
"As a captain, I think it's important that the players really know who you are and what you stand for, what your beliefs are, and to be consistent in those if things are going good or things are going bad."
- Mark Messier
"My beliefs will run through everything I do. My beliefs, my values are my anchor and when people try to drag me, as I know they will, it is to that sense of right and wrong, that sense of who I am and what I believe, to which I will always hold."
- Ed Miliband
(Related: People, Values, Beliefs, Right, Sense, Will, Wrong)
"What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs."
- John Stuart Mill
(Related: Men, Act, Beliefs, Majority)
"Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines - these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm."
- Henry Miller
(Related: Beliefs, Ethics, Laws)
"What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their ability to act according to their beliefs."
- Henry Miller
(Related: Men, Ability, Act, Beliefs, Majority)
"If you don't have solid beliefs you cannot build a stable life. Beliefs are like the foundation of a building, and they are the foundation to build your life upon."
- Alfred A. Montapert
(Related: Life, Beliefs, Building)
"We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not - nor will we ever - monitor ideology or political beliefs. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the civil rights and liberties of the American people, including subjecting our activities to rigorous oversight from numerous internal and external sources."
- Janet Napolitano
(Related: People, American, Beliefs, Civil rights, Ideology, Responsibility, Will)
"I was opposed to World War II, and indeed on June 22, 1941 when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union I suddenly found myself the lone supporter of peace since everybody else had, because of their communist beliefs, shifted over to become supporters of the war."
- Douglass North
(Related: Peace, War, Beliefs, June, World, World war)
"Americans will respect your beliefs if you just keep them private."
- Bill O'Reilly
(Related: Americans, Beliefs, Respect, Will)
"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."
- George Orwell
(Related: Power, Beliefs, Mind)
"The whole point of a sacrifice is that you give up something you never really wanted in the first place. People are doing it around you all the time. They give up their careers, say - or their beliefs - or sex."
- John Osborne
(Related: Time, Sex, Sacrifice, People, Beliefs, Careers, First)
"Choose beliefs that serve your soul - choose beliefs that serve the grander dream of who you choose to be."
- Joy Page
(Related: Soul, Dream, Beliefs)
"Sometimes all it takes to change a life is to decide which beliefs do not serve you and to literally change your mind about those beliefs."
- Joy Page
(Related: Change, Life, Beliefs, Mind)
"The essence of belief is the establishment of a habit; and different beliefs are distinguished by the different modes of action to which they give rise."
- Charles Sanders Peirce
(Related: Action, Belief, Habit, Beliefs)
"If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain are impossible."
- William Lyon Phelps
(Related: People, Beliefs, Certainty, Sense)
"To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life - bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace."
- Peace Pilgrim
(Related: Life, Peace, Beliefs, Possessions)
"The process of philosophic and scientific enlightenment has shaken the stability of beliefs held explicitly as articles of faith."
- Michael Polanyi
(Related: Faith, Beliefs, Stability)
"These maxims and the art of interpreting them may be said to constitute the premisses of science but I prefer to call them our scientific beliefs. These premisses or beliefs are embodied in a tradition, the tradition of science."
- Michael Polanyi
(Related: Art, Science, Beliefs, Maxims, May, Tradition)
"Too many religious organizations are in the business of enforcing beliefs."
- Charley Pride
(Related: Business, Beliefs, Religious)
"We as a people, as a state, and as a community, have too much promise, too much potential, and too much at stake to go any other way than forward. We are too strong in our hearts, too innovative in our minds, and too firm in our beliefs to retreat from our goals."
- Bill Richardson
(Related: People, Goals, Beliefs, Community, Potential, Promise, State)
"For too long, we have focused on our differences - in our politics and backgrounds, in our race and beliefs - rather than cherishing the unity and pride that binds us together."
- Bob Riley
(Related: Politics, Beliefs, Pride, Race, Unity)
"I don't think my spirituality has affected my character. I feel like my character is much more cynical about his beliefs, and I think I have to kind of drop what I believe in order to play him."
- Jason Ritter
(Related: Character, Beliefs, Order, Play, Spirituality)
"I have personal beliefs and they are sometimes reflected in the movies I make, but I also reflect other points of view."
- Tim Robbins
(Related: Movies, Beliefs)
"What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are."
- Tony Robbins
"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."
- Tony Robbins
(Related: Experience, Power, Ability, Beliefs, Meaning)
"It's not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean."
- Tony Robbins
(Related: Beliefs, Events)
"But there's no reason why we should abdicate our foundational principles because certain groups don't believe in them. You know, no majority should surrender its deeply held beliefs to those who don't believe in anything."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: Beliefs, Majority, Principles, Reason, Surrender)
"We are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves filled with an illicit passion for them when anyone proposed to rob us of their companionship."
- James Harvey Robinson
(Related: Beliefs, Companionship, Passion)
"I have enjoyed the personal use of money; but I have gotten the greatest satisfaction from using it to advance my beliefs in human relations, human values."
- Winthrop Rockefeller
(Related: Money, Values, Beliefs, Satisfaction)
"Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
(Related: Work, Beliefs)
"The world does not speak. Only we do. The world can, once we have programmed ourselves with a language, cause us to hold beliefs. But it cannot propose a language for us to speak. Only other human beings can do that."
- Richard Rorty
(Related: Beliefs, Cause, Language, World)
"I am much more radical in my beliefs than my products represent me to be."
- Isabella Rossellini
(Related: Beliefs, Radical)
"I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Beliefs, Wrong)
"A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(Related: Civilization, Knowledge, Beliefs, Logic, Man, Open)
"While the meeting I participated in turned out to be a ruse, I made statements during the course of the meeting that are counter to NPR's values and also not reflective of my own beliefs. I offer my sincere apology to those I offended."
- Ron Schiller
(Related: Values, Apology, Beliefs, Meeting)
"Your desires and true beliefs have a way of playing blind man's bluff. You must corner the inner facts."
- David Seabury
(Related: Beliefs, Blind, Facts, Man)
"I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs."
- Pete Seeger
(Related: Beliefs, Questions, Religious)
"One of the tragedies of modern times is that people have come to believe that something said by someone in the past, perhaps for illustrative or provocation purposes, actually represents that person's beliefs at the time."
- Idries Shah
(Related: Time, People, Beliefs, Past)
"The election is over, and even though there are people who have different ideologies and beliefs, from now on we must all embrace each other, creating a harmonious and unified new Taiwan through our love and tolerance."
- Chen Shui-bian
(Related: Love, People, Beliefs, Now, Tolerance)
"Change can either challenge or threaten us. Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you."
- Marsha Sinetar
(Related: Change, Success, Beliefs, Challenge)
"We look at the world and see what we have learned to believe is there. We have been conditioned to expect... but, as photographers, we must learn to relax our beliefs."
- Aaron Siskind
(Related: Beliefs, Relax, World)
"My challenge as a satirical artist is how to present ideas to people to enable them to question and reexamine their beliefs. My hope is, that my work provokes people to look at things in a new way."
- Joey Skaggs
(Related: Work, People, Ideas, Hope, Artist, Beliefs, Challenge, Present, Question)
"The future of Conservatism lies in our beliefs and values, not by throwing them away. We need to shed associations that bind us to past failures, but hold faith with those things that make us Conservatives."
- Iain Duncan Smith
(Related: Faith, Values, Beliefs, Conservatism, Future, Lies, Past)
"It is curious to reflect, for example, upon the remarkable legend of the Philosopher's Stone, one of the oldest and most universal beliefs, the origin of which, however far back we penetrate into the records of the past, we do not probably trace its real source."
- Frederick Soddy
(Related: Beliefs, Example, Past, Remarkable)
"One of my beliefs is that there are certain institutions within a community which stand for the spirit and heart of that community, there's the church, the local football team, the local pub and the theatre."
- David Soul
(Related: Heart, Church, Beliefs, Community, Football, Spirit, Theatre)
"I think that we need to look hard at our beliefs and be responsible about how we speak out."
- Mary Steenburgen
"But individuals and firms spend an enormous amount of resources acquiring information, which affects their beliefs; and actions of others too affect their beliefs."
- Joseph E. Stiglitz
(Related: Actions, Beliefs, Information)
"To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects."
- Margaret Thatcher
(Related: Values, Beliefs, Principles)
"Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Beliefs, World)
"It is very distressing that anyone would look at these matters from a political viewpoint. Core beliefs about when life begins and ends are far too important for any such calculations."
- Mac Thornberry
(Related: Life, Beliefs, Calculations)
"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
(Related: Beliefs, Dogs, Immortality, Heaven, Will)
"Yoga has reinforced and grounded my own spiritual beliefs."
- Christy Turlington
(Related: Beliefs, Spiritual, Yoga)
"A lot of people have questioned how yoga and their own spiritual beliefs can come together. Yoga actually pre-dates religion."
- Christy Turlington
(Related: Religion, People, Beliefs, Spiritual, Yoga)
"Human beliefs, like all other natural growths, elude the barrier of systems."
- Miguel de Unamuno
"My childhood beliefs became so much a part of me that even today I find myself automatically living by a personal standard of conduct which can only be explained as resulting from my religious training."
- Robert Vaughn
(Related: Beliefs, Childhood, Living, Religious, Today, Training)
"My faith is very private to me. It plays an important part in my life, but I do not try and throw my beliefs at others. I have tremendous respect for all faiths and beliefs, but have a deep concern that religion and faith are currently a long way apart from each other."
- Rick Wakeman
(Related: Faith, Religion, Life, Beliefs, Concern, Deep, Respect)
"In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Church, Beliefs)
"Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen... yourself, right now, right down here on Earth."
- Bradley Whitford
(Related: Life, Love, Action, Hope, Beliefs, Earth, Future, Grace, Honor, Now, Right, Waiting)
"In the context of interfaith encounter, we need to bring to the surface how our actual beliefs shape what we do - not simply to agree that kindness is better than cruelty."
- Rowan D. Williams
(Related: Beliefs, Cruelty, Kindness)
"If the Labour party goes back to reasserting its socialist and democratic beliefs, that's where I belong."
- Shirley Williams
(Related: Beliefs, Party)
"I have noticed, with much distress, the excessive wartime activity of the investigating bureaus of Congress and the administration, with their impertinent and indecent searching out of the private lives and the past political beliefs of individuals."
- Wendell Willkie
(Related: Beliefs, Congress, Past)
"Old beliefs die hard even when demonstrably false."
- E. O. Wilson
(Related: Beliefs, Old)
"Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs."
- Thomas Wolfe
(Related: Beliefs, Culture)
"The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man's dedication to world peace... a representation of man's belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and, through cooperation, his ability to find greatness."
- Minoru Yamasaki
(Related: Men, Peace, Belief, Greatness, Ability, Beliefs, Cooperation, Dedication, Dignity, Humanity, Living, Symbol, Trade, World)
"Being hurt personally triggered a curiosity about how such beliefs are formed."
- Philip Zimbardo
(Related: Being, Beliefs, Curiosity, Hurt)
"That whole environment was just incompatible with my beliefs and my personality. It was a dark time for me."
- Zhang Ziyi
(Related: Time, Beliefs, Environment, Personality)