vicofnick - Feed Quotations Book Search <![CDATA[If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others.]]> <![CDATA[The most pressing question on the problem of faith is whether a man as a civilized being can believe in the divinity of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, for therein rests the whole of our faith.]]> <![CDATA[By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.]]> <![CDATA[Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.]]> <![CDATA[A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.]]> <![CDATA[Jesus Christ turns life right-side-up, and heaven outside-in.]]> <![CDATA[We're more popular than Jesus Christ now. I don't know which will go first; rock and roll or Christianity.]]> <![CDATA[Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.]]> <![CDATA[The word Christianity is already a misunderstanding -- in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.]]> <![CDATA[Jesus was a brilliant Jewish stand-up comedian, a phenomenal improviser. His parables are great one-liners.]]> <![CDATA[Only Christ could have conceived Christ.]]> <![CDATA[Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.]]> <![CDATA[A lot of people say to me, Why did you kill Christ? I dunno... it was one of those parties, got out of hand, you know. We killed him because he didn't want to become a doctor, that's why we killed him.]]> <![CDATA[Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.]]> <![CDATA[You must understand that seeing is believing, but also know that believing is seeing.]]> <![CDATA[The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything, and the young know everything.]]> <![CDATA[We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.]]> <![CDATA[If religion is only human, and its form is man's form, it follows that everything in religion is true.]]> <![CDATA[You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.]]> <![CDATA[Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand.]]> <![CDATA[Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.]]> <![CDATA[One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history.]]> <![CDATA[Never has any one been less a priest than Jesus, never a greater enemy of forms, which stifle religion under the pretext of protecting it. By this we are all his disciples and his successors; by this he has laid the eternal foundation-stone of true religion; and if religion is essential to humanity, he has by this deserved the Divine rank the world has accorded him.]]> <![CDATA[Jesus whom I know as my Redeemer cannot be less than God.]]> <![CDATA[The Christian is not one who has gone all the way with Christ. None of us has. The Christian is one who has found the right road.]]> <![CDATA[A heroic figure... not wholly to blame for the religion that's been foisted on him.]]> <![CDATA[The Galilean is not a favorite of mine. So far from owing him any thanks for his favor, I cannot avoid confessing that I owe a secret grudge to his carpentership.]]> <![CDATA[Religion and education are no match for evil without the grace of God.]]> <![CDATA[When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.]]> <![CDATA[Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.]]> <![CDATA[Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity.]]> <![CDATA[I do benefits for all religions -- I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.]]> <![CDATA[Most men's anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady they neither of them care for.]]> <![CDATA[I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.]]> <![CDATA[It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.]]> <![CDATA[If there were only one religion in England there would be danger of despotism, if there were two, they would cut each other's throats, but there are thirty, and they live in peace and happiness.]]> <![CDATA[A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this -- that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made -- not to understand -- but to feel -- as crime.]]> <![CDATA[A wise architect observed that you could break the laws of architectural art provided you had mastered them first. That would apply to religion as well as to art. Ignorance of the past does not guarantee freedom from its imperfections.]]> <![CDATA[Knowledge, like religion, must be experienced in order to be known.]]> <![CDATA[Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized.]]> <![CDATA[Thou has conquered, O pale Galilean.]]> <![CDATA[I am pretty sure that we err in treating these sayings as paradoxes. It would be nearer the truth to say that it is life itself which is paradoxical and that the sayings of Jesus are simply a recognition of that fact.]]> <![CDATA[Christianity takes for granted the absence of any self-help and offers a power which is nothing less than the power of God.]]> <![CDATA[Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy.]]> <![CDATA[In the middle ages people were tourists because of their religion, whereas now they are tourists because tourism is their religion.]]> <![CDATA[One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.]]> <![CDATA[Culture's essential service to a religion is to destroy intellectual idolatry, the recurrent tendency in religion to replace the object of its worship with its present understanding and forms of approach to that object.]]> <![CDATA[If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.]]> <![CDATA[Religion is in the heart, not in the knees.]]> <![CDATA[Religion is love; in no case is it logic.]]> <![CDATA[The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.]]> <![CDATA[There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing.]]> <![CDATA[At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.]]> <![CDATA[A building is akin to dogma; it is insolent, like dogma. Whether or no it is permanent, it claims permanence, like a dogma. People ask why we have no typical architecture of the modern world, like impressionism in painting. Surely it is obviously because we have not enough dogmas; we cannot bear to see anything in the sky that is solid and enduring, anything in the sky that does not change like the clouds of the sky.]]> <![CDATA[Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.]]> <![CDATA[Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.]]> <![CDATA[One can't believe impossible things. I dare say you haven't had much practice, said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.]]> <![CDATA[We have only to believe. And the more threatening and irreducible reality appears, the more firmly and desperately we must believe. Then, little by little, we shall see the universal horror unbend, and then smile upon us, and then take us in its more than human arms.]]> <![CDATA[Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.]]> <![CDATA[You'll see it when you believe it.]]> <![CDATA[Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.]]> <![CDATA[We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.]]> <![CDATA[A conservative believes nothing should be done for the first time.]]> <![CDATA[Belief is a moral act for which the believer is to be held responsible.]]> <![CDATA[Loving is half of believing.]]> <![CDATA[I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.]]> <![CDATA[Everything is possible for him who believes.]]> <![CDATA[Every dogma has its day.]]> <![CDATA[The Gateway to Christianity is not through an intricate labyrinth of dogma, but by a simple belief in the person of Christ.]]> <![CDATA[We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end.]]> <![CDATA[As a first approximation, I define belief not as the object of believing (a dogma, a program, etc.) but as the subject's investment in a proposition, the act of saying it and considering it as true.]]> <![CDATA[From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.]]> <![CDATA[Our systems, perhaps, are nothing more than an unconscious apology for our faults --a gigantic scaffolding whose object is to hide from us our favorite sin.]]> <![CDATA[If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?]]> <![CDATA[If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.]]> <![CDATA[I started out by believing God for a newer car than the one I was driving. I started out believing God for a nicer apartment than I had. Then I moved up.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Once you begin to believe there is help out there, you will know it to be true.]]> <![CDATA[You must see first before you can believe.]]> <![CDATA[Belief creates the actual fact.]]> <![CDATA[Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.]]> <![CDATA[Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.]]> <![CDATA[If we let ourselves believe that man began with divine grace, that he forfeited this by sin, and that he can be redeemed only by divine grace through the crucified Christ, then we shall find peace of mind never granted to philosophers. He who cannot believe is cursed, for he reveals by his unbelief that God has not chosen to give him grace.]]> <![CDATA[Man makes holy what he believes.]]> <![CDATA[All personal breakthroughs being with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it's costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting a new, empowering belief.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[What we need is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out.]]> <![CDATA[Of what worth are convictions that bring not suffering?]]> <![CDATA[For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.]]> <![CDATA[To believe in something not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives: it is the only way we can leave the future open. Man, surrounded by facts, permitting himself no surmise, no intuitive flash, no great hypothesis, no risk, is in a locked cell. Ignorance cannot seal the mind and imagination more surely.]]> <![CDATA[The lack of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed when it cannot be overcome.]]> <![CDATA[We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.]]> <![CDATA[Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.]]> <![CDATA[As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[As I get older I seem to believe less and less and yet to believe what I do believe more and more.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.]]> <![CDATA[It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.]]> <![CDATA[First we have to believe, and then we believe.]]> <![CDATA[With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing.]]> <![CDATA[When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them.]]> <![CDATA[It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.]]> <![CDATA[How many things served us but yesterday as articles of faith, which today we deem but fables?]]> <![CDATA[I believe because it is impossible.]]>