Selected Quotes about Faith

Beth could not reason upon or explain the faith that gave her courage and patience to give up life, and cheerfully wait for death. Like a confiding child, she asked no questions, but left everything to God and nature, Father and Mother of us all, feeling sure that they, and they only, could teach and strengthen heart and spirit for this life and the life to come. -- Louisa May Alcott

Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own merits. -- Dan Barker

Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future. -- Ruth Benedict

Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible. -- Mary McLeod Bethune

We speak of being anchored to our principles. But if the weather turns nasty you up with an anchor and let it down where there's less wind, and the fishing's better. -- Robert Bolt

The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason. -- Hal Borland

Whoso loves, believes the impossible. -- Elizabeth Barret Browning

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels. -- Pearl S. Buck

When men destroy their old gods they will find new ones to take their place. -- Pearl S. Buck

To believe in God or in a guiding force because someone tells you to is the height of stupidity. We are given senses to receive our information within. With our own eyes we see, and with our own skin we feel. With our intelligence, it is intended that we understand. But each person must puzzle it out for himself or herself. -- Sophy Burnham

Don't you have much more faith in ideas that you discover for yourself than in ideas that are handed to you on a silver platter? -- Dale Carnegie

I have one life and one chance to make it count for something . . . I'm free to choose what that something is, and the something I've chosen is my faith. Now, my faith goes beyond theology and religion and requires considerable work and effort. My faith demands -- this is not optional -- my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference. -- Jimmy Carter

I have to learn that the aim in life is God's, not mine. God is using me from His great personal standpoint, and all He asks of me is that I trust Him, and never say -- Lord, this gives me such heart-ache.... He simply asks me to have implicit faith in Himself and in His goodness. -- Oswald Chambers

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. -- Sir Winston Churchill

I take, O cross, thy shadow For my abiding-place: I ask no other sunshine than The sunshine of his face; Content to let the world go by, To know no gain nor loss; My sinful self my only shame, My glory, all the cross. -- Elizabeth Clephane

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles. -- Confucius

There are no creeds in mathematics. -- Peter F. Drucker

My faith has been the driving thing of my life. I think it is important that people who are perceived as liberals not be afraid of talking about moral and community values. -- Marian Wright Edelman

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. -- Marian Wright Edelman

Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe. -- Albert Einstein

A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What can that faith do for him in his need? It teaches him to bear adversity With patience that may shame a better creed. -- Robert Ferguson

What I am actually saying is that we need to be willing to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly. -- Shakti Gawain

Nor shall derision prove powerful against those who listen to humanity or those who follow in the footsteps of divinity, for they shall live forever. Forever. -- Kahlil Gibran

What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt? -- Kahlil Gibran

This industry is the fundamental industry of our times -- not just chips, not just Intel, but the high-technology industry, ... For those of you that have a stake in there, I'd like to share my confidence and enthusiasm for this industry long-term. So keep the faith. -- Andrew Grove

Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active. -- Edith Hamilton

Treat the other man's faith gently; it is all he has to believe with. His mind was created for his own thoughts, not yours or mine. -- Henry S. Haskins

If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory. -- William Hazlitt

I've never understood how God could expect His creatures to pick the one true religion by faith - it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a universe. -- Robert A. Heinlein

Faith is harder to shake than knowledge, love succumbs less to change than respect, hate is more enduring than aversion, and the impetus to the mightiest upheavals on this earth has at all times consisted less in a scientific knowledge dominating the masses than in a fanaticism which inspired them and sometimes in a hysteria which drove them forward. -- Adolf Hitler

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in Peace. God is awake.” -- Victor Hugo

Unthinking faith is a curious offering to be made to the creator of the human mind. -- John A. Hutchinson

It is a mistake to apply American democratic procedures to the faith and the truth. You cannot take a vote on the truth. The value of democracy stands or falls with the values which it embodies and promotes. -- Pope John Paul II

Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence. -- Pope John Paul II

Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence. -- Pope John Paul II

It's one thing to affirm that God is free to do as God wills in this world. The real crunch comes in allowing God the freedom and trust to act in one's own life. -- John Indermark

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. -- Thomas Jefferson

The faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

God makes Man, His first priority. But, Man makes God his last resort. -- Ceasar Rodriguez, Jr.

This is the sweetest victory of all. This is a victory for the true believers; the people who, in difficult times, have kept the faith. (On election victory) -- Paul Keating

If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it. -- Dalai Lama

I have faith in the market when we get the rules right. -- Kenneth Lay

Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible. -- Stanislaw Lem

Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. -- Abraham Lincoln

The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow on the moon and I have more faith in the Shadow than in the Church." -- Ferdinand Magellan

Desire, ask, believe, receive. -- Stella Terrill Mann

Whatever God's dream about man may be, it seems certain it cannot come true unless man cooperates. -- Stella Terrill Mann

We do not believe in immortality because we can prove it, but we try to prove it because we cannot help believing it. -- Harriet Martineau

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education. -- Wilson Mizner

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. -- Anais Nin

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

What we started together we will continue together. You can count on me to continue the renovation of the left .... It is the condition of our future victories. -- Segolene Royal

Faith is not contrary to the usual ideas, something that turns out to be right or wrong, like a gambler's bet: it's an act, an intention, a project, something that makes you, in leaping into the future, go so far, far, far ahead that you shoot clean out of time and right into Eternity, which is not theend of time or a whole lot of time or unending time, but timelessness, the old Eternal Now. -- Joanna Russ

The brute necessity of believing something so long as life lasts does not justify any belief in particular. -- George Santayana

I always admired atheists. I think it takes a lot of faith. -- Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat. -- William Shakespeare

We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession. -- George Bernard Shaw

I have no faith in political arithmetic. -- Adam Smith

E'er since by faith I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply Redeeming love has been my theme And shall be till I die -- C. H. (Charles Haddon) Spurgeon

A garden is evidence of faith. It links us with all the misty figures of the past who also planted and were nourished by the fruits of their planting. -- Gladys Taber

Disillusion comes only to the illusioned. One cannot be disillusioned of what one never put faith in. -- Dorothy Thompson

The only force that can overcome an idea and a faith is another and better idea and faith, positively and fearlessly upheld. -- Dorothy Thompson

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. -- J. R. R. Tolkien

Money is a special mirror; it tells us stories about ourselves if we choose to look in it. And from this wonderful symbol, "money", we learn trust and faith and hope. -- Stuart Wilde

If you can't have faith in what is held up to you for faith, you must find things to believe in yourself, for a life without faith in something is too narrow a space to live. -- George E. Woodberry

Unlimited trust should only be placed in the real Word of the Revelation that we encounter in the faith transmitted by the Church. -- Pope Benedict XVI

When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world. -- Zig Ziglar

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