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Oscar WildeMan can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Samuel JohnsonWe are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

George Bernard ShawReading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad.

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

Julius CaesarIn most cases men willingly believe what they wish.

—  Julius Caesar, 101-14 BC, Roman general & Consul

Oscar WildeI can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Philip SidneyThe only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity.

—  Philip Sidney, 1554-1586, English poet & courtier

Charles de GaulleSince a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Calvin CoolidgeWhen people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Anton ChekhovAlthough you may tell lies, people will believe you, if only you speak with authority.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

George Bernard ShawEvery fool believes what his teachers tell him, and calls his credulity science or morality as confidently as his father called it divine revelation.

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

Georg Christoph LichtenbergThere are people who believe everything is sane and sensible that is done with a solemn face.

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


Proverbs

Japanese proverbIf you believe everything you read, better not read.

—  Japanese proverb










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