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Actually, ambition won't get you that far. You'll shift gears. You'll see something that's shinier. But if you believe... then you're the long-distance runner. (Sam Abell)

Our belief systems are the glasses through which we each view the world and anticipate what is likely to unfold. Our behavior is always loyal with our beliefs. (Margo Adair)

Like attracts like. Whatever the conscious mind thinks and believes the subconscious identically creates. (Bryan Adams)

A man must now swallow more belief than he can digest. (Henry Brooks Adams)

I respectfully decline the invitation to join your hallucination. (Scott Adams)

- The End of Your World...
All delusions begin in the mind. All delusions are based on various ways we're talking to ourselves and then believing what we are saying. (Adyashanti)

Twentieth-century art may start with nothing, but it flourishes by virtue of its belief in itself, in the possibility of control over what seems essentially uncontrollable, in the coherence of the inchoate, and in its ability to create its own values. (A. Alvarez)

- The Triumph of the Egg...
The lives of people are like young trees in a forest. They are being choked by climbing vines. The vines are old thoughts and beliefs planted by dead men. (Sherwood Anderson)

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. (Maya Angelou)

I really believe there are things which nobody would see unless I photographed them. (Diane Arbus)

We soon believe the things we would believe. (Ludovico Ariosto)

I believe in perpetual art, no matter if there are not many artists like me on this earth. (Jeet Aulakh)

Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger. (Richard Bach)

One needs to be right before getting righteous. (Darby Bannard)

I have but two absolute beliefs. The meaning of all life is being. However, we do art, which is how we measure the meaning of all being. It's the latter belief that makes the former belief absolute and vice versa. (Che Baraka)

You have to believe in what you're doing. In the long run, you have to feel that what you're doing, regardless of the trends, will have a lasting quality. Someday someone may pick it up and recognize that it was superior. (Will Barnet)

You don't have to believe in it, you just have to do it. What's real is what you experience. (Eli Bay)

Beliefs create reality. (Melody Beattie)

A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition. (Jose Bergamin)

Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position; denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd. (Annie Besant)

- My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut...
If you truly believe in something that is totally rejected by others, then you've just made a difference. (Toba Beta)

So when I appear as a kind of shamanistic figure, or allude to it, I do it to stress my belief in other priorities and the need to come up with a completely different plan for working with substances. (Joseph Beuys)

delusion, n. The father of a most respectable family, comprising Enthusiasm, Affection, Self-denial, Faith, Hope, Charity and many other goodly sons and daughters. (Ambrose Bierce)

Don't let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself. (John Bingham)

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. (William Blake)

I believe in myself. I believe in the hands that work, in the brains that think, and in the hearts that love. (Richard Branson)

I have made a great discovery. I no longer believe in anything. (Georges Braque)

I am always easy of belief when the creed pleases me. (Charlotte Bronte)

To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere philosophy. (Thomas Browne)

Believe nothing, O monk, merely because you have been told it. (Gautama Buddha)

Every dogma has its day. (Anthony Burgess)

Believe in something larger than yourself... get involved in the big ideas of your time. (Barbara Bush)

I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don't always agree with them. (George W. Bush)

Belief, like any other moving body, follows the path of least resistance. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

- Hudibras...
Whatever sceptic could inquire for, / For ev'ry why he had a wherefore... (Samuel Butler, poet)

It is the want to know the end that makes us believe in God, or witchcraft, believe, at least, in something. (Truman Capote)

Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck. (George Carlin)

A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things. (Thomas Carlyle)

The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself. (Thomas Carlyle)

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. (Lewis Carroll)

The final delusion is the belief that one has lost all delusions. (Maurice Chapelain)

He who will believe only what he can fully comprehend must have a long head or a very short creed. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new. (Pema Chodron)

Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts. (Saint John Chrysostom)

Brain research tells us that only twenty percent of human beings have a sense of irony, which means that eighty percent of the world takes everything at face value. (Doug Coupland)

The revelatory or visionary is the province of the 'private' artist, who in order to render his personal world comprehensible or even tolerable, must force others to believe in it and therefore share it. It is said that 'the poet does not wish to be understood, but to be believed.' (Kenneth Coutts-Smith)

To be good, you need to believe in what you're doing. (Billy Crystal)

If you believe that discrimination exists, it will. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

A delusion is something that people believe in despite a total lack of evidence. (Richard Dawkins)

Beliefs are more elongated states of being and tend to become subconscious. When you add beliefs together, you create a perception. (Joe Dispenza)

With how much ease believe we what we wish! (John Dryden)

I don't believe in art. I believe in artists. (Marcel Duchamp)

Don't believe everything you think. (Robert Regis Dvorak)

You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being, not because anybody says so, not because you're successful, not because you make a lot of money, but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason. (Dr. Wayne Dyer)

Consensus is what many people say in chorus but do not believe as individuals. (Abba Eban)

We don't believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

If two things don't fit, but you believe both of them, thinking that somewhere, hidden, there must be a third thing that connects them, that's credulity. (Umberto Eco)

It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in so doing, you bring everything to the realm of possibility. (Albert Einstein)

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them. (George Eliot)

I prefer to have some beliefs that don't make logical sense. (Louise Erdrich)

I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings. (Gustave Flaubert)

There is no such thing as loving or believing too much. (Flavia)

Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire. (Jean de La Fontaine)

I definitely believe in a higher power. (Michael J. Fox)

-on Van Gogh...
The words 'love of art' are scarcely applicable to him; one ought to say: belief unto martyrdom. (Paul Gachet)

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. (Andre Gide)

If you're going to live your life based on delusions (and you are, because we all do), then why not at least select a delusion that is helpful? (Elizabeth Gilbert)

Creative entitlement simply means believing that you are allowed to be here, and that - merely by being here - you are allowed to have a voice and a vision of your own. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

There are so many things we've been brought up to believe that it takes you an awfully long time to realize that they aren't you. (Edward Gorey)

To have a reason to get up in the morning, it is necessary to have some kind of guiding principle. A belief of some kind. (Judith Guest)

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone. (Thomas Hardy)

Though a good deal is too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened. (Thomas Hardy)

Good advertising does not just circulate information. It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

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)

It's ridiculous what I do. I can't believe in it – but I have to. (Damien Hirst)

A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light. (David Hockney)

We simply need to believe in the power that's within us, and use it. (Benjamin Hoff)

The one seeking to demonstrate the power of spiritual realization in everyday affairs should believe in Divine guidance... and that everything in life is controlled by love, harmony, and peace. (Ernest Holmes)

Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. (Victor Hugo)

Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain. (David Hume)

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 H. Huxley)

I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories. (Washington Irving)

As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use. (William James)

The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds. (Gerald G. Jampolsky)

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us. (Samuel Johnson)

I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief. (Immanuel Kant)

One must not believe any of those mythologies about oneself as an artist. (Anish Kapoor)

You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer. (Byron Katie)

Believe in the holy contour of life. (Jack Kerouac)

All you need to do is hold on tight... and believe. (Stephen King)

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble. (Rudyard Kipling)

I can paint and draw. I believe this myself and a few other people say that they believe this too. But I'm not certain of whether it's true. (Gustav Klimt)

In order to succeed we must first believe that we can. (Michael Korda)

The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

All ideologies are idiotic, whether religious or political, for it is conceptual thinking, the conceptual word, which has so unfortunately divided man. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Whether someone believes something or not, believer or non-believer, as long as you are a member of the human family, you need warm human feeling, warmhearted feeling. (Dalai Lama)

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

Contradict yourself. In order to live, you must remain broken up. (Wyndham Lewis)

Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed. (Walter Lippmann)

It is necessary that... we should believe that we are as capable of producing great art as we believe we are capable of doing great deeds... (Arthur Lismer)

Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return. (James Russell Lowell)

Our duty is to believe that for which we have sufficient evidence, and to suspend our judgment when we have not. (John Lubbock)

We ought to recognize that uncertainty of mind is not all a bad thing. It is a sign that your mind is still alive, still sensitive. If you are not at all confused in this day you are dead mentally and spiritually. (Halford E. Luccock)

The dust of exploded beliefs may make a fine sunset. (Geoffrey Madan)

The overwhelming tendency is to see what we believe to be there, rather than believing in what we actually see. (Arthur Maderson)

They believe that nothing will happen because they have closed their doors. (Maurice Maeterlinck)

- Life of Pi, 2001...
If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for? Isn't love hard to believe? (Yann Martel)

Any clod can have the facts; having opinions is an art. (Charles McCabe)

We all have a social mask, right? We put it on, we go out, put our best foot forward, our best image. But behind that social mask is a personal truth, what we really, really believe about who we are and what we're capable of. (Phil McGraw)

We must acknowledge that it is our behaviour, rather than our belief, that is primary. (Peter McKnight)

Once we have a belief, we tend to look to confirm that belief by what we observe. Psychologists call this phenomenon 'confirmation bias.' (Michael Michalko)

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests. (John Stuart Mill)

I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your efforts to believe it. (Wilson Mizner)

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)

Well, it all comes to this; there's no use trying to live in other people's opinions. The only thing to do is to live in your own. After all, I believe in myself. (Lucy Maud Montgomery)

Never believe a rumour until you hear it officially denied. (John Mortimer)

I deeply believe in pluralism. I believe in the close proximity of multiple systems or agnostic systems. (Ben Nicholson)

We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings. (Louis Nizer)

Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them. (Louis Nizer)

If we aren't willing to pay a price for our values, then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all. (Barack Obama)

I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed. (Mary Oliver)

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. (George Orwell)

First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, 'I believe,' three times. (Ovid)

It only takes one or two voices of belief – including one's own – to overcome all the people and obstacles who say you can't. (Gregory Packard)

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe. (Thomas Paine)

Many of us think we are different. But few believe - they can make a difference. (Suhasini Paul)

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! (Norman Vincent Peale)

Myth is the nothing that is everything. (Fernando Pessoa)

I don't believe in the landscape. (Fernando Pessoa)

I will utter what I believe today, if it should contradict all I said yesterday. (Wendell Phillips)

A picture lives by its legend – not by anything else. (Pablo Picasso)

It is with our judgments as with our watches: no two go just alike, yet each believes his own. (Alexander Pope)

It is not what happens to people that is significant, but what they think happens to them. (Anthony Powell)

Values are like fingerprints. Nobody's are the same, but you leave 'em all over everything you do. (Elvis Presley)

We are at times too ready to believe that the present is the only possible state of things. (Marcel Proust)

Seeing is believing. (English proverb)

I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it. (Lou Reed)

They tell you that a tree is only a combination of chemical elements. I prefer to believe that God created it, and that it is inhabited by a nymph. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

The ability to believe is our outstanding quality, and only art adequately translates it into reality. But when we assuage our need for faith with an ideology we court disaster. (Gerhard Richter)

There was a time when meanings were focused and reality could be fixed; when that sort of belief disappeared, things became uncertain and open to interpretation. (Bridget Riley)

I've never believed in God, but I believe in Picasso. (Diego Rivera)

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)

To succeed, you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality. (Anita Roddick)

Things that I felt absolutely sure of but a few years ago, I do not believe now. This thought makes me see more clearly how foolish it would be to expect all men to agree with me. (Jim Rohn)

- Spiritual Growth: Being Your Higher Self...
The only differences between people who think they are creative and people who think they are not are their beliefs about their creativity. Start telling yourself that you are a creative person. (Sanaya Roman)

Believe you can and you're halfway there. (Theodore Roosevelt)

I might show facts as plain as day: but, since your eyes are blind, you'd say, 'Where? What?' and turn away. (Christina Rossetti)

I am a believer and a conformist. Anyone can revolt; it is much more difficult to obey our inner promptings. (Georges Rouault)

Whenever we hear an opinion and believe it, we make an agreement, and it becomes part of our belief system. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

Do not believe in an absurdity no matter who says it. (Rumi)

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. (Bertrand Russell)

- The Triumph of Stupidity, published in 1933...
In the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. (Bertrand Russell)

One must believe that private dilemmas are, if deeply examined, universal, and so, if expressed, have a human value beyond the private, and one must also believe in the vehicle for expressing them, in the talent. (May Sarton)

For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible. (Traditional saying)

It doesn't matter what you believe just so long as you're sincere. (Charles Schulz)

Creation is too grand, complex, and mysterious to be captured in a narrow creed. That is why we cherish individual freedom of belief. (William Schulz)

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees. (Ernst F. Schumacher)

Believe it can be done... Believing a solution paves the way to solution. (David J. Schwartz)

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

A composer can have all the talent of Mozart and a passionate desire to succeed, but if he believes he cannot compose music, he will come to nothing. He will not try hard enough. He will give up too soon when the elusive right melody takes too long to materialize. (Martin Seligman)

Art has always been my salvation. And my gods are Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Mozart. I believe in them with all my heart. And when Mozart is playing in my room, I am in conjunction with something I can't explain - I don't need to. (Maurice Sendak)

Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment. (Seneca)

You are given the gift of the gods; you create your reality according to your beliefs; yours is the creative energy that makes your world; there are no limitations to the self except those you believe in. (Seth)

I believe in Michelangelo, Velazquez, and Rembrandt; in the might of design, the mystery of colour, the redemption of all things by Beauty everlasting, and the message of Art that has made these hands blessed: Amen. Amen. (George Bernard Shaw)

It is not disbelief that is dangerous to our society; it is belief. (George Bernard Shaw)

The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. (George Bernard Shaw)

There's a certain kind of scepticism that can't bear uncertainty. (Rupert Sheldrake)

Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it. (William Shenstone)

The real challenge in life is to choose, hold, and operate through intelligent, uplifting, and fully empowering beliefs. (Michael Sky)

To think we are able is almost to be so; to determine upon attainment is frequently attainment itself; earnest resolution has often seemed to have about it almost a savor of omnipotence. (Samuel Smiles)

Even the upper end of the river believes in the ocean. (William Stafford)

I rarely believe anything, because at the time of believing I am not really there to believe. (Gertrude Stein)

If we do not believe within ourselves this deeply rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves, we shall never find the strength to evolve into something higher. (Rudolf Steiner)

- Opus Posthumous: Poems, Plays, Prose...
The final belief is to believe in a fiction, which you know to be a fiction, there being nothing else. The exquisite truth is to know that it is a fiction and that you believe in it willingly. (Wallace Stevens)

Since I was not able wholly to subscribe to any one set of beliefs advanced by any 'guru' I had to fall back on my own, however derivative. (Anthony Storr)

I never used to believe in myself as most creative people don't. Now, I trust myself a bit. (Martha Sturdy)

It is necessary, absolutely necessary, to believe in nothing. That is, we have to believe in something which has no form and no color - something which exists before all forms and colors appear. (Shunryu Suzuki)

Greater things are believed of those who are absent. (Tacitus)

My wish is that we might progressively lose our confidence in what we think we believe and the things we consider stable and secure, in order to remind ourselves of the infinite number of things still waiting to be discovered. (Antoni Tapies)

Our present time is indeed a criticizing and critical time, hovering between the wish, and the inability to believe. (Sir William Temple)

Whatever you believe with emotion becomes your reality. (Brian Tracy)

Your subconscious mind makes all your words and actions fit a pattern consistent with your self-concept and your innermost beliefs about yourself. (Brian Tracy)

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt. (Mark Twain)

Between believing a thing and thinking you know is only a small step and quickly taken. (Mark Twain)

When we try in good faith to believe in materialism, in the exclusive reality of the physical, we are asking our selves to step aside; we are disavowing the very realm where we exist and where all things precious are kept - the realm of emotion and conscience, of memory and intention and sensation. (John Updike)

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us. (Paul Valery)

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed. (Voltaire)

If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad. (Denis Waitley)

If you see a blatant error or misconception about yourself, you really want to set it straight. (Jimmy Wales)

The popular belief that the painter is some creature who hears a different drummer, listens to the Muse singing, works in a great frenzy of emotion and then collapses in an exhausted heap when the work is finished, is simply not accurate. (Sandra Walker)

I can't stand mindless purity - I have soaked myself in skepticism and am by nature magnetized to bitterness. (Brett Whiteley)

You can change your beliefs so they empower your dreams and desires. Create a strong belief in yourself and what you want. (Marcia Wieder)

Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable. (Oscar Wilde)

Luck is believing you're lucky. (Tennessee Williams)

Old beliefs die hard even when demonstrably false. (Edward O. Wilson)

I love what I do. I believe in what I do. So far, I believe I've been recognized for my talent. I have great faith that I will only continue to grow as a musician. (Keri-Lynn Wilson)

The fact that the great scientist believed in flying machines was the one thing that encouraged us to begin our studies. (Wilbur Wright)

It is so many years before one can believe enough in what one feels even to know what the feeling is. (William Butler Yeats)

- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back...
'I don't believe it!' (Luke Skywalker) 'That is why you fail.' (Yoda)

It is not so much what you believe in that matters, as the way in which you believe it and proceed to translate that belief into action. (Lin Yutang)