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Ricky GervaisBeliefs do not change facts. Facts, if one is rational, should change beliefs.

—  Ricky Gervais, 1961-, British comedian & screenwriter

Ricky GervaisNever confuse your right to say what you believe with a right to never be disagreed with and ridiculed for saying what you believe.

—  Ricky Gervais, 1961-, British comedian & screenwriter

Francis BaconMan prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

H.L. MenckenThe central belief of every moron is that he is the victim of a mysterious conspiracy against his common rights and true deserts.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Emile M. CioranWe have convictions only if we have studied nothing thoroughly.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

George Bernard ShawHe is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Blaise PascalPeople almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Michel de MontaigneNothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Friedrich NietzscheConvictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

George OrwellAt any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Somerset MaughamThe fact that a great many people believe something is no guarantee of its truth.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Benjamin DisraeliNurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Charles Caleb ColtonHe that will only believe what he can fully comprehend must either have a very long head, or a very short creed.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

William JamesBelieve that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Georg Christoph LichtenbergWith most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

George W. BushIn the end, leaders are defined by the convictions they hold.

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President

David Lloyd GeorgeDoctinaires are the vultures of principle. They feed upon principle after it is dead.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]

Stanislaw Jerzy LecSome like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Umberto EcoWhen men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.

—  Umberto Eco, 1932-2016, Italian writer


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