Belief Quotes

I hope you enjoy this lovely collection of belief quotes broken down by topics ranging from belief in self to belief in God.

Belief Quotes Index

About Beliefs
Be True to Your Convictions
Belief and Affirmations
Belief and Perspective
Belief and Success
Belief in God
Belief in Own Guidance
Belief in Self
Belief vs. Intellect
Belief vs. Science
Beliefs Shape Reality
Change Your Beliefs
False Beliefs
Good Advice
Optimistic Belief
Zealous Belief

About Beliefs

"He does not believe that does not live according to his belief."
~ Sigmund Freud

"Just as no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief."
~ Sigmund Freud

"Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young."
~ W. Somerset Maugham

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

"Most executives, many scientists, and almost all business school graduates believe that if you analyze data, this will give you new ideas. Unfortunately, this belief is totally wrong. The mind can only see what it is prepared to see."
~ Edward de Bono

"Belief in the absence of illusions is itself an illusion."
~ Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

"The test of a belief is not exclusively in the belief itself, but also in the intentions and actions of those who embrace it."
~ Bryant H. McGill

"A belief may be larger than a fact."
~ Vannevar Bush

"A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition."
~ Jose Bergamin

"We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them."
~ George Eliot

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Be True to Your Convictions

"One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying."
~ Joan of Arc

"It is better to be true to what you believe, though that be wrong, than to be false to what you believe, even if that belief is correct."
~ Anna Howard Shaw

"Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around."
~ Henry David Thoreau

"The depth of your belief and the strength of your conviction determines the power of your personality."
~ Brian Tracy

"What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs."
~ John Stuart Mill

"When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable."
~ Walt Disney

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Belief and Affirmations

"It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen."
~ Muhammad Ali

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Belief and Perspective

"The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly."
~ Richard Bach

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Belief and Success

"Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself."
~ Robert Collier

"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstances."
~ Bruce Barton

"A person's probability of success is directly proportional to the belief and execution of their abilities."
~ Kent Calhoun

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

"Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture."
~ Lydia M. Child

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Belief in God

"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

"When belief in a god dies, the god dies."
~ Harlan Ellison

"I believe a man is better anchored who has a belief in the Supreme Being."
~ James Cash Penney

"Why do people embrace God? In my opinion, belief in God and an afterlife is a necessary extension of man's need to feel that this life does not end with what we call death."
~ Robert Vaughn

"A belief in God helps provide a foundation to arbitrate our decisions. Without this foundation, we are condemned to live essentially formless lives."
~ Armstrong Williams

"It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable."
~ Maya Angelou

"Our belief in God is not blind faith. Belief is having a firm conviction something is true, not hoping it’s true."
~ Max Lucado

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Belief in Own Guidance

"No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance."
~ Henry Miller

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Belief in Self

"Believe deep down in your heart that you're destined to do great things."
~ Joe Paterno

"It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself."
~ Muhammad Ali

"Ali's belief in himself was something I picked up on, and it's become my own philosophy."
~ Sugar Ray Leonard

"There is no greater level and form of belief than believing in yourself."
~ Darren L. Johnson

"When you engage in systematic, purposeful action, using and stretching your abilities to the maximum, you cannot help but feel positive and confident about yourself."
~ Brian Tracy

"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."
~ Isaac Asimov

"A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done."
~ Vince Lombardi

"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

"Others believing in you is nice but worthless if not matched by your own thought."
~ Scott Moore

"If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish."
~ Sam Walton

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Belief vs. Intellect

"I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief."
~ Immanuel Kant

"Belief is the death of intelligence."
~ Robert Anton Wilson

"Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment."
~ Seneca

"Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers."
~ Emile M. Cioran

"Belief gets in the way of learning."
~ Jeremy Collier

"Belief is thought at rest."
~ Larry Harvey

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows."
~ Robert Green Ingersoll

"Belief and knowledge are considered to be two different things. But they are not."
~ Stanley Fish

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Belief vs. Science

"When push comes to shove, it ain't the science that's going to lift you up-it's the belief, the spiritual side of life, that's going to lift you up, no matter what religion you are."
~ Kirstie Alley

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Beliefs Shape Reality

"What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
~ Napoleon Hill

"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

"Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact."
~ William James

"Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is."
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Belief creates the actual fact."
~ William James

"These then are my last words to you. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact."
~ William James

"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."
~ Frank Lloyd Wright

"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"You must start with desire, keeping in mind that with the magic of believing you can obtain what you picture in your mind's eye."
~ Claude M. Bristol

"When you believe 'I can do it,' the 'how to do it' develops."
~ David Schwartz

"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

"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

"Some things have to be believed to be seen."
~ Ralph Hodgson

"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."
~ Dr. David Schwartz

"Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality."
~ Brian Tracy

"You are what you are by what you believe!"
~ Oprah Winfrey

"Believe you receive in the faith realm, and you shall have it in the natural realm."
~ John Osteen

"You can do it if you believe you can!"
~ Napoleon Hill

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Change Your Beliefs

"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."
~ William James

"The best way to change your belief system is to change the truth about you. What you actually 'do' is more important than what you say you'll do."
~ Steve Chandler

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"Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel."
~ Ambrose Bierce

"Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible."
~ William James

"Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active."
~ Edith Hamilton

"Faith means intense, usually confident, belief that is not based on evidence sufficient to command assent from every reasonable person."
~ Walter Kaufmann

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False Beliefs

"There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them."
~ Anthony de Mello

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Good Advice

"No one has the right to destroy another person's belief by demanding empirical evidence."
~ Ann Landers

"Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail."
~ Charles F. Kettering

"Every time you state what you want or believe, you're the first to hear it. It's a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don't put a ceiling on yourself."
~ Oprah Winfrey

"Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve."
~ Mary Kay Ash

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"Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man."
~ Thomas Paine

"He does not believe who does not live according to his belief."
~ Thomas Fuller

"If you change the belief first, changing the action is easier."
~ Peter McWilliams

"If our core belief is based on what other people think, then we eventually will allow their opinions to become our reality."
~ Darren L. Johnson

"Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it."
~ William Shenstone

"Seeing is not believing; believing is seeing! You see things, not as they are, but as you are."
~ Eric Butterworth

"It is easier to believe than to doubt."
~ E.D. Martin

"This is how humans are: we question all our beliefs, except for the ones we really believe, and those we never think to question."
~ Orson Scott Card

"Your belief determines your action and your action determines your results, but first you have to believe."
~ Mark Victor Hansen

"If you feel inferior to someone else, it is because of your own beliefs."
~ Catherine Pulsifer

"Sometimes you cannot believe what you see. You have to believe what you feel."
~ Morrie Schwartz

"Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving their goal; nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip."
~ Daniel L. Reardon

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"Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe."
~ Gail Devers

"If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done."
~ Dale Carnegie

"Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly."
~ Richard Bach

"If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Trust the Universe. Trust and believe and have faith. I truly had no idea how I was going to bring the knowledge of The Secret onto the movie screen. I just held to the outcome of the vision, I saw the outcome clearly in my mind, I felt it with all my might, and everything that we needed to create The Secret came to us."
~ Rhonda Byrne

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Optimistic Belief

"We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon."
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Optimism - the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly."
~ Ambrose Bierce

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Zealous Belief

"The belief that one's own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions."
~ Paul Watzlawick

"Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never the correctness, of a belief."
~ Arthur Schweitzer

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