Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; Unbelief, in denying them.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history
-- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience -- laughter is the cure for
grief -- love is stronger than death.
When men destroy their old gods they will find new ones to take their place.
Pearl S. Buck
I always try to believe the best of everybody -- it saves so much trouble.
An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long
run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.
Sydney J. Harris
The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being
in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
All religions show the same disparity between belief and practice, and each is safe till it tries to exclude the rest. Test each sect by its best
or its worst as you will, by its high-water mark of virtue or its low-water mark of vice.
But falsehood begins when you measure the ebb of any other religion against the flood-tide of your own. There is a noble and a base side to every history.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in
the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our
lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Belief in a certain series of myths was neither obligatory as a part of the true religion, nor was
it supposed that, by believing, a man acquired religious merit and conciliated the favour of the gods.
William Robertson Smith
Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.
We believe as much as we can. We would believe everything if we could.
As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
~ Winston Churchill
Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from, how they came to be where they are,
where they appear to be going, whether they wish to go there, and if so, why, and if not, why not.
Dante Alighieri was the greatest of Italian poets, and, many readers think, one of the greatest poets that Western civilization has produced.
He wrote the epic work Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy) in dialect Italian. Divina Commedia represented the cosmology and
cosmogony of Dante's day. Dante also wrote De Monarchia, a treatise on political science. He believed that the purpose of government
was to preserve peace and the best form was a world monarchy. According to his concept, universe was a perfect, hierarchal, intelligible cosmos.