Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.Lao-Tzu
Belief is the psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true.
- I would rather work with five people who really believe in what they are doing rather than five hundred who can't see the point.
- Patrick Dixon in Building a Better Business, p. 14
- He who believes needs no explanation.
- Euripides, Dionysus in "The Bacchae"
- He does not believe that does not live according to his belief
- Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia (1732)
- Paul White
- People want to believe in something-even if they know it is false.
- "Tanis Half-Elven", in Dragonlance
- To succeed, we must first believe that we can.
- Michael Korda, as quoted in Marketing Construction Services (2000) by Paul Pryor, p. 14
- Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.
- Montaigne, Essays (1580-88)
- If there is anything I have learned in my travels across the Planes, it is that many things may change the nature of a man. Whether regret, or love, or revenge or fear - whatever you believe can change the nature of a man, can. I’ve seen belief move cities, make men stave off death, and turn an evil hag's heart half-circle. This entire Fortress has been constructed from belief. Belief damned a woman, whose heart clung to the hope that another loved her when he did not. Once, it made a man seek immortality and achieve it. And it has made a posturing spirit think it is something more than a part of me.
- "The Nameless One" in Planescape: Torment
- Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good ground for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
- Bertrand Russell, in "An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish" in Unpopular Essays (1950)
- One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one's life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.
- Hannah Szenes, in Hannah Senesh : Her Life and Diary (1938)
- For the heart, it needs to believe.
- Simon Soloveychik, in Parenting for Everyone (1989)
- For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.
- Franz Werfel, as quoted in Philippine Studies (1953) by Ateneo de Manila, p. 269; also in Everest : The Mountaineering History (2000) by Walt Unsworth, p. 100
- Belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence.
- Robert Anton Wilson, in Cosmic Trigger I : Final Secret of the Illuminati (1977)
- The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Hold somebody's hand and feel its warmth. Gram per gram, it converts 10 000 times more energy per second that the sun. You find this hard to believe? Here are the numbers: an average human weighs 70 kilograms and consumes about 12 600 kilojoules / day; that makes about 2 millijoules / gram.second, or 2 milliwatts / gram. For the sun it's miserable 0.2 microjoules / gram.second. Some bacteria, such as the soil bacterium "Azotobacter" convert as much as 10 joules / gram.second, outperformung the sunby a factor 50 million. I am wam because inside each of my body cells there are dozens, hundreds or even tousands of mitochondria that burn the food I eat.
- Belief is a beautiful armor, but makes for the heaviest sword; like punching underwater, you never can hit who you're trying for.
- "Belief" - John Mayer