I learn a lot in the bathroom, thanks largely to Funny Times – which habitually resides in a drawer within convenient reach of my white pondering place.
The May issue features quotes about belief in the Curmudgeon column (using content from "The Big Curmudgeon").
I liked these quotations, because I believe them. The others obviously are wrong, so I left them out.
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. – George Bernard Shaw
Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt. – H.L. Mencken
The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums. – G.K. Chesterton
The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. – H.L. Mencken
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
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. – Voltaire
Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand. – Mark Twain
I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. – Bertrand Russell
We must abandon the prevalent belief in the superior wisdom of the ignorant. – Daniel J. Boorstin
Not knowing is much more interesting than believing an answer which might be wrong. – Richard Feynman
The final delusion is the belief that one has lost all delusions. – Maurice Chapelain
Certitude is not the test of certainty. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand. – Kurt Vonnegut
Nice quotes. But an obvious omission is the best one-sentence metaphysics ever written. At least, that's what I believe.
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. – Philip K. Dick