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





I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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Incredulity is the wisdom of the fool.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, American President (30th))


We believe at once in evil, we only believe in good upon reflection. Is this not sad?


Madame Dorothe Deluzy (1747-1830, French actress)


Credulity is belief in slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence.


Tryon Edwards (1809-1894, American theologian)


A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly.


Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865, British novelist)


I cannot spare the luxury of believing that all things beautiful are what they seem.


Fitz-Greene Halleck


Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


A certain portion of the human race has certainly a taste for being diddled.


Thomas Hood (1799-1845, British poet and humorist)


Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


The curse of man, and the cause of nearly all his woe, is his stupendous capacity for believing the incredible.


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


I have all my life been on my guard against the information conveyed by the sense of hearing -- it being one of my earliest observations, the universal inclination of humankind is to be led by the ears, and I am sometimes apt to imagine that they are given to men as they are to pitchers: purposely that they may be carried about by them.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


I prefer credulity to skepticism and cynicism for there is more promise in almost anything than in nothing at all.


Ralph B. Perry


Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor half the evil they say of others.


John Petit-Senn (1792-1870, French poet)


The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.


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


The only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity.


Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586, British author, courtier)


The most positive men are the most credulous.


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


Crafty men deal in generalizations.


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