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A conservative believes nothing should be done for the first time.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Genuine blasphemy, genuine in spirit and not purely verbal, is the product of partial belief, and is as impossible to the complete atheist as to the perfect Christian.
I believe in the gods. Or rather, I believe that I believe in the gods. But I don't believe that they are great brooding presences watching over us; I believe they are completely absent-minded.
I think that a society cannot live without a certain number of irrational beliefs. They are protected from criticism and analysis because they are irrational.
What is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
It is a perplexing and unpleasant truth that when men already have 'something worth fighting for', they do not feel like fighting.
Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of the correctness of a belief.
Belief is better than anything else, and it is best when rapt - above paying its respects to anybody's doubt whatsoever.
The peak of tolerance is most readily achieved by those who are not burdened with convictions.
A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.
Every man who attacks my belief diminishes in some degree my confidence in it, and therefore makes me uneasy, and I am angry with him who makes me uneasy.
Penetrating so many secrets, we cease to believe in the unknowable. But there it sits nevertheless, calmly licking its chops.
Believe not your own brother - believe, instead, your own blind eye.
Whether you are really right or not doesn't matter; it's the belief that counts.
I love an opposition that has convictions.
Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day.
Convictions are the mainsprings of action, the driving powers of life. What a man lives are his convictions.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.
(Conviction) is possible only in a world more primitive than ours can be perceived to be. A man can achieve a simply gnomic conviction only by ignoring the radical describers of his environment, or by hating them, as convinced men have hated, say, Darwin and Freud, as agents of some devil.
Those who serve a cause are not those who love that cause. They are those who love the life which has to be led in order to serve it - except in the case of the very purest, and they are rare.
The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.
Orthodoxy is my doxy - heterodoxy is another man's doxy.
Every dogma has its day.
A man can believe in a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner.
Every life is a possession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent propaganda.
Soon after a hard decision something inevitably occurs to cast doubt. Holding steady against that doubt usually proves the decision.
I may have faults but being wrong ain't one of them.

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