An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do.


James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American essayist, author, "As A Man Thinketh")


Every person is the creation of himself, the image of his own thinking and believing. As individuals think and believe, so they are.


Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951, American author of "The Magic Of Believing")


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.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


It doesn't matter how many say it cannot be done or how many people have tried it before; it's important to realize that whatever you're doing, it's your first attempt at it.


Wally Amos (American businessman, founder of Famous Amos Cookies)


If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?


Dr. Robert Anthony (American educator)


Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.


Richard Bach (1936-, American author)


Your level of belief in yourself will inevitably manifest itself in whatever you do.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


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.


Jim Bakker (1940-, American evangelist)


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.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.


Joel A. Barker (American businessman, consultant, author)


More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing in nothing than by believing in too much.


P.T. Barnum (1810-1891, American showman, entertainer, circus builder)


Every time a child says, "I don't believe in fairies," there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


Once you begin to believe there is help "out there," you will know it to be true.


Saint Bartholomew


The essential element in personal magnetism is a consuming sincerity -- an overwhelming faith in the importance of the work one has to do.


Bruce Barton (1886-1967, American author, advertising expert)


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.


Shirley Temple Black (1928-, American film child star)


Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.


Ludwig Borne


Believe that you possess a basic goodness, which is the foundation for the greatness you can ultimately achieve.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Certain beliefs must accompany every action: One should act without selfishness, cultivate compassion for all living things, and develop respect for others.


Bstan-dzin-rgya-mtsho (1935-, Tibetan 14th Dalai Lama)


If one age believes too much it is natural that another believes too little.


George Earle Buckle (1854-1935, British journalist)


Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings -- that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


I always knew I was going to be rich. I don't think I ever doubted it for a minute.


Warren Buffett (1930-, American investment entrepreneur)


It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative.


John Burroughs (1837-1921, American naturalist, author)


All are inclined to believe what they covet, from a lottery-ticket up to a passport to Paradise.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Men freely believe that which they desire.


Julius Caesar (101-44 BC, Roman emperor)


Men willingly believe what they wish.


Julius Caesar (101-44 BC, Roman emperor)


What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.


Julius Caesar (101-44 BC, Roman emperor)


Acquire the courage to believe in yourself. Many of the things that you have been taught were at one time the radical ideas of individuals who had the courage to believe what their own hearts and minds told them was true, rather than accept the common beliefs of their day.


Ching Ning Chu (Chinese-American businesswoman, lecturer, author)


Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse. Murphy's First Corollary If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire.


Cannon's Law


We are what we believe we are


Benjamin N. Cardozo (1870-1938, American jurist, supreme court justice)


You've got to be success minded. You've got to feel that things are coming your way when you're out selling; otherwise, you won't be able to sell anything.


Curtis Carlson (American businessman, founder of Carlson Companies, Inc.)


Conviction, never so excellent, is worthless until it converts itself into conduct.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


The battle that never ends is the battle of belief against unbelief.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Sometimes I've believed as many as six possible things before breakfast.


Lewis Carroll (1832-1898, British writer, mathematician)


The child must know that he is a miracle, a miracle that there hasn't been since the beginning of the world, and there won't be another like him until the end of the world. He is a unique thing, from the beginning to the end of the world.


Pablo Casals (1876-1973, Spanish cellist, conductor, composer)


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.


Michel De Certeau (1925-1986, French writer, historian)


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.


Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881-1955, French Christian mystic, author)


Men will not believe because they will not broaden their minds.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


Dogma does not mean the absence of thought, but the end of thought.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.


Frank A. Clark


Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.


Claud Cockburn (1904-1981, British author, journalist)


The more you believe the more you achieve.


Ronny M. Cole (1955-, American author, goal and reading coach)

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He that will believe only what he can fully comprehend must have a long head or a very short creed.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


If a horse has four legs, and I'm riding it, I think I can win.


Angel Cordero Jr.


Drugs are not always necessary, but belief in recovery always is.


Norman Cousins (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)


Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.


Dinah Mulock Craik


Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.


Demosthenes (c.383-322 BC, Greek orator)


The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.


Richard M. DeVos (1926-, American businessman, co-founder of Amway Corp.)


The abdication of belief makes the behavior small -- better an ignis fatuus than no illume at all.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


I don't think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it.


Mike Ditka (1939-, American football player, coach)


You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being -- not because anybody says so, not because you're successful, not because you make a lot of money -- but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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You'll see it when you believe it.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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Human beliefs, like all other natural growths, elude the barrier of systems.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


All the great ages have been ages of belief.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Everybody keeps telling me how surprised they are with what I've done. But I'm telling you honestly that it doesn't surprise me. I knew I could do it.


Patrick Ewing (1962-, American basketball player)


He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


I am a winner each and every time I go into the ring.


George Foreman (1949-, American boxer)


To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


The practical effect of a belief is the real test of its soundness.


James A. Froude (1818-1894, British historian)


He does not believe that does not live according to his belief .


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


A conservative believes nothing should be done for the first time.


Lynwood L. Giacomini


Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.


Frank Gifford (1930-, American sportscaster)


He is dead in this world who has no belief in another.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


We are so constituted that we believe the most incredible things; and, once they are engraved upon the memory, woe to him who would endeavor to erase them.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen.


Foka Gomez


Believing: it means believing in our own lies. And I can say that I am grateful that I got this lesson very early.


Gunther Grass (1927-, German author)


Belief is a moral act for which the believer is to be held responsible.


H. A. Hodges


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.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.


David Hare (1947-, British playwright, director)


To a very large extent men and women are a product of how they define themselves. As a result of a combination of innate ideas and the intimate influences of the culture and environment we grow up in, we come to have beliefs about the nature of being human. These beliefs penetrate to a very deep level of our psychosomatic systems, our minds and brains, our nervous systems, our endocrine systems, and even our blood and sinews. We act, speak, and think according to these deeply held beliefs and belief systems.


Jeremy W. Hayward


Belief gets in the way of learning.


Robert Heinlein (1907-1988, American science fiction writer)


It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.


Lillian Hellman (1905-1984, American playwright)


What ever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


You must see first before you can believe.


Raymond Holliwell


Loving is half of believing.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Belief creates the actual fact.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that assures the successful outcome of any venture.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


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.


Gerald G. Jampolsky (1925-, American psychiatrist, lecturer, author)


As I get older I seem to believe less and less and yet to believe what I do believe more and more.


David Jenkins (1925-, British ecclesiastic, bishop of Durham)


The word "belief" is a difficult thing for me. I don't believe. I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and then I know it -- I don't need to believe it.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light.


Franz Kafka (1883-1924, German novelist, short-story writer)


It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


The person who doesn't know something can't be done will often find a way to go ahead and do it.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.


Michael Korda (1919-, American publisher)


There seems to be a great misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave.


Louis Kronenberger


Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


What makes us easily believe that others have defects is the fact that we all easily believe what we wish.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


When one loves, one doubts even what one most believes.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


If you don't believe in yourself, then who will believe in you? The next man's way of getting there might not necessarily work for me, so I have to create my own ways of getting there.


Martin Lawrence (1965-, German-born American actor, comedian, director, producer, writer)


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