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





First we have to believe, and then we believe.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


There is a great difference between still believing something and believing it again.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.


John C. Lilly (1915-2001, American doctor, author)


Whatever one believes to be true either is true or becomes true in one's mind.


John C. Lilly (1915-2001, American doctor, author)


If you think you can do it, you can.


Eric Lindros (1973-, Canadian hockey player)


Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed.


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


We are all captives of the picture in our head -- our belief that the world we have experienced is the world that really exists.


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


I never thought I didn't have a card to play.


Jim Lovell (1928-, American astronaut)


Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.


Andrew V. Madson


Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for -- because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.


Peter Marshall (1902-1949, American Presbyterian clergyman)


It is easier to believe than to doubt.


Everett D. Martin


When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them.


Peter McWilliams (American author, "Life 101")


It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.


John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, British philosopher, economist)


What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it.


Olin Miller


How many things served us but yesterday as articles of faith, which today we deem but fables?


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


If you don't have solid beliefs you cannot build a stable life. Beliefs are like the foundation of a building, and they are the foundation to build your life upon.


Alfred A. Montapert (American author)


What you hear repeatedly you will eventually believe.


Mike Murdock


Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them.


Louis Nizer (1902-1904, British born American lawyer, writer)


What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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People are slow to believe that, which if believed would work them harm.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.


Thomas Paine (1737-1809, Anglo-American political theorist, writer)


I never quit trying. I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win.


Arnold Palmer (1929-, American golfer)


Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


If we let ourselves believe that man began with divine grace, that he forfeited this by sin, and that he can be redeemed only by divine grace through the crucified Christ, then we shall find peace of mind never granted to philosophers. He who cannot believe is cursed, for he reveals by his unbelief that God has not chosen to give him grace.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, "I believe," three times.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


The Gateway to Christianity is not through an intricate labyrinth of dogma, but by a simple belief in the person of Christ.


William Lyon Phelps


All beliefs are bald ideas.


Francis Picabia (1878-1953, French painter, poet)


Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.


Pliny The Elder (c.23-79, Roman neophatonist)


To believe a thing is impossible is to make it so.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


If you believe everything you read, better not read.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


Believing is easier than investigating.


Serbian Proverb


For example is not the same as proof.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


All personal breakthroughs being with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it's costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting a new, empowering belief.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain are impossible.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.


Sugar Ray Robinson (1920-1989, American boxer)


The barrier between success is not something which exists in the real world: it is composed purely and simply of doubts about ability.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


We won't even attempt to achieve what we do not believe at a deep level we can have or deserve.


Ruth Ross


The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.


Leo C. Rosten (1908-1997, Polish-born American political scientist)


Every dogma has its day.


Abraham Rotstein


My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to. The first was to walk without braces.


Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994, American track athlete)


To believe in something not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives: it is the only way we can leave the future open. Man, surrounded by facts, permitting himself no surmise, no intuitive flash, no great hypothesis, no risk, is in a locked cell. Ignorance cannot seal the mind and imagination more surely.


Lillian Smith (1897-1966, American author)


What we need is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


When the intensity of emotional conviction subsides, a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search for logical grounds in favor of the belief which he finds in himself.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Of what worth are convictions that bring not suffering?


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.


Traditional Saying


Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.


David J. Schwartz (American trainer, author of "The Magic of Thinking Big")


Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are. Successful people are not superhuman. Success does not require a super-intellect. Nor is there anything mystical about success. And success isn't based on luck. Successful people are just ordinary folks who have developed belief in themselves and what they do. Never -- yes, never -- sell yourself short.


David J. Schwartz (American trainer, author of "The Magic of Thinking Big")


The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.


Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947-, Austrian-born American actor, author, director, restaurateur)


I realized a long time ago that a belief which does not spring from a conviction in the emotions is no belief at all.


Evelyn Scott


Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn't matter.


Martin Seligan


Seeing is not always believing.


Rod Serling (1924-1975, American television script-writer)


If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


You can do what you think you can do and you cannot do what you think you cannot


Ben Stein (1944-, American professor, writer)


The lack of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed when it cannot be overcome.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


I believe because it is impossible.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


You believe easily that which you hope for earnestly.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


I've always believed no matter how many shots I miss, I'm going to make the next one.


Isiah Thomas (1961-, American basketball player, coach)


Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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And above all things, never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning


Anthony Trollope (1815-1882, British novelist)


A man achieves according to what he believes.


Author Unknown


Beware of assumptions! Whatever you "assume" to be possible -- or impossible will have a tendency to become real for you.


Author Unknown


I knew my trainer believed in me and I couldn't let Him down.


Author Unknown


If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others.


Author Unknown


If you do not believe in yourself... chances are nobody else will.


Author Unknown


If you proclaim it and believe it, you will absolutely achieve it.


Author Unknown


If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't. If you'd like to win, but think you can't It's almost a cinch you won t. Life's battles don't always go To the stronger or faster man; But soon or late the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.


Author Unknown


People give us credit only for what we ourselves believe.


Author Unknown


The human mind must believe in something, so why not let it believe what it does believe.


Author Unknown


My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.


Jim Valvano (1946-1993, American college basketball coach)


Things that I felt absolutely sure of but a few years ago, I do not believe now. This thought makes me see more clearly how foolish it would be to expect all men to agree with me.


F. D. Van Amburgh


The man who believes he can do it is probably right, and so is the man who says he can't.


Author Unknown


The very act of believing creates strength of its own.


Author Unknown


That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false.


Paul Valery (1871-1945, French poet, essayist)


They can because they think they can.


Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)


What a person believes is not as important as how a person believes.


Timothy Virkkala


If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won t, you most assuredly won t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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You must understand that seeing is believing, but also know that believing is seeing.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.


Alan W. Watts (1915-1973, British-born American philosopher, author)


You can change your beliefs so they empower your dreams and desires. Create a strong belief in yourself and what you want.


Marcia Wieder (American speaker, trainer, author)


The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything, and the young know everything.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


It is almost impossible to state what one in fact believes, because it is almost impossible to hold a belief and to define it at the same time.


Charles Williams


Belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence.


Robert Wilson (1941-, American theater director, designer)


The man who believes he can do something is probably right, and so is the man who believes he can t. Anonymous I don't think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as someone who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.


Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV personality, producer, actress, author)


The thing always happens that you really believe in. And the belief in a thing makes it happen. And I think nothing will happen until you thoroughly and deeply believe in it.


Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959, American architect)


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