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Science has sometimes been said to be opposed to faith, and inconsistent with it. But all science, in fact, rests on a basis of faith, for it assumes the permanence and uniformity of natural laws -- a thing which can never be demonstrated.

A faith to live by, a self to live with, and a purpose to live for.
Attempt something so impossible that unless God is in it, it's doomed to failure.
Faith in the ability of a leader is of slight service unless it be united with faith in his justice.
Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
I claim to be an average man of less than average ability. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.
All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
As he that fears God hears nothing else, so, he that sees God sees every thing else.
Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.
To us also, through every star, through every blade of grass, is not God made visible if we will open our minds and our eyes.
There is no such thing as a lack of faith. We all have plenty of faith, it's just that we have faith in the wrong things. We have faith in what can't be done rather than what can be done. We have faith in lack rather than abundance but there is no lack of faith. Faith is a law.
You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
Faith. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you. [Peter 3:15]
For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
According to your faith; be it done unto you.
Faith is a continuation of reason.
When you get to the end of all the light you know and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.
Faith is building on what you know is here, so you can reach what you know is there.
Some things have to be believed to be seen.
As the essence of courage is to stake one's life on a possibility, so the essence of faith is to believe that the possibility exists.
My faith has no bed to sleep upon but omnipotence.
A faith that hasn't been tested can't be trusted.
A person consists of his faith. Whatever is his faith, even so is he.
It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.
That's the thing about faith. If you don't have it you can't understand it. And if you do, no explanation is necessary
The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
Faith makes all things possible... love makes all things easy.
Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.
What we wish, that we readily believe.
The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.
The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
I always prefer to believe the best of everybody -- it saves so much trouble.
Faith... is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.
At the beginning of every act of faith, there is often a seed of fear. For great acts of faith are seldom born out of calm calculation.
You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.
Eternal life does not begin with death; it begins with faith.
It isn't our gifts, talents, or abilities that makes us strong; rather, it is our struggle with them that strengthens us.
Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement. I will not try it. Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother.
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.
Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.
Who loves not women, wine and song remains a fool his whole life long.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.
Three can keep a secret if two are dead.
He that's secure is not safe.
Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never mended well.
Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.
Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.
If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.
We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride and four times as much by our foolishness.
A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
When you're finished changing, you're finished.
If you would know the value of money try to borrow some.
I am about courting a girl I have had but little acquaintance with. How shall I come to a knowledge of her faults, and whether she has the virtues I imagine she has? Answer. Commend her among her female acquaintances.
If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.
Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
There never was a good war or a bad peace.
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
The things which hurt, instruct.
Laws too gentle, are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.
He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
Nothing is more fatal to health than an over care of it.
There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means -- either may do -- the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.
Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
There are no gains without pains.
Necessity never made a good bargain.
When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.
Where there is marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.
Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face.
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference!
I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.
Aggression, the writer's main source of energy.
Does our ferocity not derive from the fact that our instincts are all too interested in other people? If we attended more to ourselves and became the center, the object of our murderous inclinations, the sum of our intolerances would diminish.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself.
Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.
People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.
The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt.
A fly may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.
The consistent anarchist should be a socialist, but a socialist of a particular sort. He will not only oppose alienated and specialized labor and look forward to the appropriation of capital by the whole body of workers, but he will also insist that this appropriation be direct, not exercised by some elite force acting in the name of the proletariat. Some sort of council communism is the natural form of revolutionary socialism in an industrial society. It reflects the intuitive understanding that democracy is largely a sham when the industrial system is controlled by any form of autocratic elite, whether of owners, managers, and technocrats, a vanguard party, or a State bureaucracy.
We may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.
Most human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie, but rather mourn the apathetic, throng the coward and the meek who see the world's great anguish and its wrong, and dare not speak.
I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate -- it's apathy. It's not giving a damn.
Anarchism is the only philosophy which brings to man the consciousness of himself; which maintains that God, the State, and society are non-existent, that their promises are null and void, since they can be fulfilled only through man's subordination. Anarchism is therefore the teacher of the unity of life; not merely in nature, but in man.
People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all.
The ordinary man is an anarchist. He wants to do as he likes. He may want his neighbor to be governed, but he himself doesn't want to be governed. He is mortally afraid of government officials and policemen.
My thinking tends to be libertarian. That is, I oppose intrusions of the state into the private realm -- as in abortion, sodomy, prostitution, pornography, drug use, or suicide, all of which I would strongly defend as matters of free choice in a representative democracy.
The anarchist and the Christian have a common origin.
It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.
It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be.
Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.
I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose.
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.
Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody.
Singularity in the right hath ruined many; happy those who are convinced of the general opinion.
Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.
I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truththat God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?
Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.
In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.
Modern man must descend the spiral of his own absurdity to the lowest point; only then can he look beyond it. It is obviously impossible to get around it, jump over it, or simply avoid it.
That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.
My rule, in which I have always found satisfaction, is, never to turn aside in public affairs through views of private interest; but to go straight forward in doing what appears to me right at the time, leaving the consequences with Providence.
In these sentiments, sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no form of government, but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered; and believe further, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.
Whilst the last members were signing [the Constitution], Doctor Franklin, looking towards the Presidents chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art, a rising, from a setting, sun. I have, said he, often and often, in the course of the session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President, without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting; but now at length, I have the happiness to know, that it is a rising, and not a setting sun.
We assemble parliaments and councils, to have the benefit of their collected wisdom; but we necessarily have, at the same time, the inconvenience of their collected passions, prejudices, and private interests. By the help of these, artful men overpower their wisdom, and dupe its possessors; and if we may judge by the acts, arrets, and edicts, all the world over, for regulating commerce, an assembly of great men is the greatest fool upon earth.
The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.
It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
God is subtle, but He is not malicious. I cannot believe that God plays dice with the world.
God is clever, but not dishonest.
If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
The only source of knowledge is experience.
According to this conception, the sole function of education was to open the way to thinking and knowing, and the school, as the outstanding organ for the people's education, must serve that end exclusively.
It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.
One must not attempt to justify them, but rather to sense their nature simply and clearly.
Caution is a most valuable asset in fishing, especially if you are the fish.
If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.
In a healthy nation there is a kind of dramatic balance between the will of the people and the government, which prevents its degeneration into tyranny.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
The environment is everything that isn't me.
Many of the things you can count, don't count. Many of the things you can't count, really count.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

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