For ridding oneself of faith is like boiling seawater to retrieve the salt--something is gained but something is lost.
Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.
Paradigms power perception and perceptions power emotions. Most emotions are responses to perception - what you think is true about a given situation. If your perception is false, then your emotional response to it will be false too. So check your perceptions, and beyond that check the truthfulness of your paradigms - what you believe. Just because you believe something firmly doesn't make it true. Be willing to reexamine what you believe.
Faith can reclaim deserts as well as move mountains.
Soon the sun will set'- is that prophecy? No, it's merely an assertion of faith in the consistency of events.
I envy thee not thy faith, which is ever in thy mouth but never in thy heart nor in thy practice
I cannot think of a better way to spread the faith. No thundering from a pulpit, no condemnation from bad churches, no peer pressure, just a book of scripture quietly waiting to say hello, as gentle and powerful as a little girl's kiss on your cheek.
If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for? Isn't love hard to believe?
What did I really think fifteen years ago? A nonbeliever, I felt guilty in the midst of all those believers. And since it seemed to me that they were in the right, I decided to believe, as you might decide to take an aspirin: It can't hurt and you might get better.
Decades ago, our ancestors realized that it is not just political ideology, religious belief, race, or nationalism that is to blame for a warring world. Rather, they determined that it was the fault of human personality - of humankind's inclination towards evil, in whatever form that is. They divided into factions that sought to eradicate those qualities they believed responsible for the world's disarray.
What do I believe? I do not know; I do not know; I do not know.
Faith is necessary to men; woe to him who believes in nothing!
Our individuality is all, all, that we have. There are those who barter it for security, those who repress it for what they believe is the betterment of the whole society, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it in, in grace and love and wit, from peculiar station to peculiar station along life's bittersweet route.
There we were - demented children mincing about in clothes that no one ever wore, speaking as no man ever spoke, swearing love in wigs and rhymed couplets, killing each other with wooden swords, hollow protestations of faith hurled after empty promises of vengeance - and every gesture, every pose, vanishing into the thin unpopulated air. We ransomed our dignity to the clouds, and the uncomprehending birds listened. Don't you see?! We're actors - we're the opposite of people!
I've tried to believe, but I don't, I can't, and there's no use pretending.
Were they, for some purpose almost too cunning for belief, only disguised as themselves?
Being afraid something is true is accepting the possibility. Accepting the possibility is the first step to believing.
Why not? If enough people believe, you can be god of anythingà
Believe in your own eyes and you'll get into a lot of trouble, hot water, a mess.
I am coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed.
Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong.
Those who have to ask if faith is true are opening up a discussion they may not be ready for.
It was the kind... of Southern women... who believe... that it is impossible to arrive in a new place without a pair of shoes to match every possible change of clothes.
Ask once, believe you have received, and all you have to do to receive is feel good.
Believe you know all the answers, and you know all the answers. Believe you're a master, and you are.
If you are going to impose your will on the world, you must have control over what you believe.
Good-bye, my moonsong and my breath, my white nights and golden days, my fresh water and my fire. Good-bye, and may you find a better life, find comfort again and your breathless smile, and when your beloved face lights up once more at the Western sunrise, be sure what I felt for you was not in vain. Good-bye and have faith, my Tatiana.
Believe that if Allah wants you to know something, someone will tell you.
Faith is not Desire. Faith is Will. Desires are things that need to be satisfied, whereas Will is a force. Will changes the space around us,...
Passion is passion. It's the excitement between the tedious spaces, and it doesn't matter where it's directed...It can be coins or sports or politics or horses or music or faith...the saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who don't care deeply about anything at all.