Faith (quotes)

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Faith is a belief not based on conclusive proof

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Faith is a kind of trust

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Faith is a trusting in your beliefs …

  • Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation. Elton Trueblood
  • Faith can also be defined as the ability to trust our beliefs, even when we have no such proof that such beliefs are accurate or true. Andrew Newberg
  • Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.  Voltaire
  • Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. St. Augustine
  • That is the definition of faith — acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove. Dan Brown
  • Faith is a devout belief in what one does not understand. Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamron
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…. beliefs that stem from an inner knowing of the heart

  • Faith is the confidence, the assurance, the enforcing truth, the knowing… Robert Collier
  • Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof. Kahlil Gibran
  • Belief is truth held in the mind; faith is a fire in the heart. Joseph Fort Newton
  • Faith is the belief of the heart in that knowledge which comes from the unseen.  Muhammad ben Kafif
  • Faith is a passionate intuition. William Wordsworth
  • Knowledge is only one half. Faith is the other. Novalis
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Faith is believing in what you cannot see

  • Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. Thomas Aquinas
  • Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty. Brené Brown
  • Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them. Blaise Pascal
  • Though my sight be lost, I do not yet lose my faith: when I can no longer see, I can still believe. Ivan Panin
  • For what is faith unless it is to believe what you do not see? Augustine
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Faith is trusting in life and the path you have chosen

  • Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Faith is not being sure where you are going but going anyway. Frederick Buechner
  • ..When you come to the edge of all the light you have and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly. Patrick Overton
  • I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be. Douglas Adams
  • Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see. William Newton Clarke
  • Faith means living with uncertainty – feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark. Dan Millman
  • The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction, you have chosen.  Ralph Marston
  • Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Yes, I have doubted. I have wandered off the path. I have been lost. But I always returned. … My faith has wavered but has saved me. Helen Hayes
  • If a man wishes to be sure of the path he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark. St. John of the Cross
  • When you let go of everything you think you know and just trust, life has a way of working itself out that’s better than you could ever imagine. Jackson Kiddard
  • Faith is not about finding meaning in the world, there may be no such thing — faith is the belief in our capacity to create meaningful lives. Terry Tempest Williams
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Faith is trusting it will all make sense one day

  • Life can only be understood backwards, but it has to be lived forwards. Stuart Connelly
  • You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.  Steve Jobs
  • I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense. Harold Kushner
  • We pass through the present with our eyes blindfolded. We are permitted merely to sense and guess at what we are actually experiencing. Only later when the cloth is untied can we glance at the past and find out what we have experienced and what meaning it has. Milan Kundera
  • Sometimes you can only understand why things happen when you see them in the rear-view mirror. Ron Hall
  • I would rather think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to come together and make sense. Rabbi Harold Kushner
  • What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end. Jean Paul Richter
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Faith is trusting in the in the perfect order of the Universe, even when our conscious minds cannot grasp what is happening and why

  • Faith is believing that the outcome will be what it should be, no matter what it is. Colette Baron- Reid
  • Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. Saint Augustine
  • Faith is the recognition that Spirit works in, as and through each and all of us – through every person and every circumstance. Dan Millman
  • Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right. Max Lucado
  • The day must come when trust will be as natural to your nature as distrust now seems to be.  Deepak Chopra
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Faith is trusting in a positive outcome…

  • .. If we don’t have faith that we’re making the best decision we can, then we will be swallowed up in doubt. And doubt, at least as far as your brain is concerned, is a precarious state in which to live. Faith is equivalent with hope, optimism, and the belief that a positive future awaits us. Andrew Newberg
  • He who has faith has… an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well – even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly.    C. Forbes
  • Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch. Ramona C. Carroll
  • Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right. Max Lucado
  • The Law of Faith: Faith is a belief in the favorable outcome of anything undertaken. Faith gives life, power and action to your plan. Faith inspires you with absolute confidence to demonstrate your plan and qualifies you to turn your ideas into money. Earl Prevette
  • Fear is faith that it won’t work out. Sister Mary Tricky
  • Faith is equivalent with hope, optimism, and the belief that a positive future awaits us. Andrew Newberg
  • Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Have faith that things will work out. You might not end up exactly where you intended to go, but eventually you will arrive precisely where you need to be.  Marc and Angel Chernoff
  • Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be. Sonia Ricotta
  • We should never forget that after every night, there is a dawn. We should never lose our optimistic faith. Amrithanada Mayi Devi
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…that you will receive what you desire …

  • All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. Martin Luther
  • Faith is expectancy. You do not receive what you want; you do not receive what you pray for, not even what you say you have faith in. You will always receive what you actually expect. Eric Butterworth
  • Faith is an invisible and invincible magnet and attracts to itself whatever it fervently desires and calmly and persistently expects. Ralph Waldo Trine
  • Faith is expectancy. You do not receive what you want; you do not receive what you pray for, not even what you say you have faith in. You will always receive what you actually expect. Eric Butterworth
  • Have faith in the universe and its capability to lead you to the path of abundance. Stephen Richards
  • The law operates by faith. If you believe, no effort is necessary to see the fulfilment of your every desire. Neville Goddard
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…that you will succeed in your endeavour

  • At the back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: It comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur. Henry Miller
  • Faith is affirming success before it comes. Faith is making claims to victory before it is achieved. Robert Schuller
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Rewards of faith

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There are those that see faith as one of the greatest of human virtues

  • The hope of free people in a frightened world is the values which people put ahead of inventions when their backs are to the wall. These values are beauty, truth, goodness and having a faith, all of which are bombproof.  Ralph W. Sockman
  • The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. Zig Ziglar
  • The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith. Bertrand Russell
  • The three elements of creativity are thus loving, knowing, and doing; or heart, mind, and hands; or, as Zen Buddhist teaching has it, great faith, great question, and great courage. Eric Maisel
  • To me, empathy and compassion are among the bravest of emotions … and faith, the bravest of convictions. Gerard de Marigny
  • Vision looks inward and becomes duty. Vision looks outward and becomes aspiration.  Vision looks upward and becomes faith.  Stephen S. Wise
  • We are an arrogant species, full of terrible potential, but we also have a great capacity for love, friendship, generosity, kindness, faith, hope, and joy. Dean Koontz
  • When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world. Zig Ziglar
  • Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual. William Ellery Channing
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Faith strengthens confidence in a greater power …

  • Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. Martin Luther
  • The ultimate ground of faith and knowledge is confidence in God. Charles Hodge
  • Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time. Oswald Chambers
  • Have faith in God; God has faith in you. Edwin Louis Cole
  • All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. Martin Luther
  • Those who base their lives on the belief that a loving God is acting in their behalf tend to see problems as opportunities for growth. Nido Qubein
  • We may not understand why things happen, but we must have faith that there is a reason for them happening. John Wooden
  • Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.
  • A man with a grain of faith in God never loses hope, because he ever believes in the ultimate triumph of Truth. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading. Oswald Chambers
  • Happiness is the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is the result of praise and thanksgiving, of faith, of acceptance; a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God. White Eagle
  • It’s our faith that activates the power of God. Joel Osteen
  • To win true peace, a man needs to feel himself directed, pardoned, and sustained by a supreme power, to feel himself in the right road, at the point where God would have him be – in order with God and the universe. This faith gives strength and calm. Henri Frederic Amiel
  • We can approach belief from an intellectual path, but in the end, God must be taken on faith. Proofs are for things of this world, things in time and of time, not beyond time. Dean Koontz
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… giving power to prayer

  • Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life. Jonathan Edwards
  • Prayer is the balloon of faith by which the soul rises heavenward. James Lendall Basford
  • Prayer is the voice of faith. William Van Horne
  • The answer to your prayer is not according to your faith while you are talking, but according to your faith while you are working. Wallace D. Wattles
  • When prayer removes distrust and doubt and enters the field of mental certainty, it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith. Ernest Holmes
  • At the heart of silence is prayer. At the heart of prayer is faith. At the heart of faith is life. At the heart of life is service. Mother Teresa
  • Today I will take a moment for meditation and prayer. I know that I’m a creation of God, and He loves me. God, through meditation and prayer, I have faith that I will hear You when You talk to me, and You will listen when I talk to You. Melody Beattie
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Faith allows the unseen to be seen

  • Faith is the belief of the heart in that knowledge which comes from the unseen.  Muhammad ben Kafif
  • Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. St. Augustine
  • Faith is the pierless bridge supporting what we see unto the scene that we do not. Emily Dickinson
  • Faith is like radar that sees through the fog–the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see. Corrie ten Boom
  • Faith begins as an experiment and ends as an experience. William Ralph Inge
  • In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t. Blaise Pascal
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Faith bestows inner strength

  • Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light. Helen Keller
  • Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life. Gregory Peck
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Faith provides an anchor during the storms of life

  • The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers, is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience. Abraham Lincoln
  • Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth. Susan Taylo
  • Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope. Corazon Aquino
  • Faith is not a delicate flower which would wither away under the slightest stormy weather. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Keep your faith in all beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone. Roy R. Gilson
  • A weak faith is weakened by predicaments and catastrophes, whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them. Victor Frankl
  • Faith supplies staying power. Anyone can keep going when the going is good, but some extra ingredient is needed to keep you fighting when it seems that everything is against you.  Norman Vincent Peale
  • Faith gives us an anchor in a raging sea. Calm in the midst of chaos. Vision to know right from wrong. And the courage to express it.
  • My faith is brightest in the midst of impenetrable darkness. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. Steve Jobs, on getting fired from Apple in 1985
  • Amidst the confusion of the times, the conflicts of conscience, and the turmoil of daily living, an abiding faith becomes an anchor to our lives. Thomas S. Monson
  • Religious faith is not a storm cellar to which men and women can flee for refuge from the storms of life. It is, instead, an inner spiritual strength which enables them to face those storms with hope and serenity.  Religious faith has the miraculous power to lift ordinary human beings to greatness in seasons of stress.  Sam J. Ervin, Jr.
  • Those who seek to acquire steadiness of faith must first acquire the strength to bear grief and pain, insult and injury. The succession of joy and grief must help confirm the faith and make it immovable. That alone can evidence true devotion. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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Faith soothes worry and fear …

  • You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith. Mary Manin Morrissey
  • To me faith means not worrying. John Dewey
  • Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.
  • There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Worry is spiritual short sight. Its cure is intelligent faith. Paul Brunton
  • Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. Henry Ward Beecher
  • Deep faith eliminates fear. Lech Walesa
  • It is cynicism and fear that freeze life; it is faith that thaws it out, releases it, sets it free. Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • A perfect faith would lift us absolutely above fear. George Macdonald
  • Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.
  • Fear can infect us early in life until eventually it cuts a deep groove of apprehension in all our thinking. To counteract it, let faith, hope and courage enter your thinking.  Fear is strong, but faith is stronger yet.  Norman Vincent Peale
  • 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 well. Do this is complete faith and confidence. Eileen Caddy
  • Hurry is a manifestation of fear; he who fears not has plenty of time. If you act with perfect faith in your own perceptions of truth, you will never be too late or too early; and nothing will go wrong. Wallace D. Wattles
  • I wish everybody finds the serenity that good, strong faith brings. Ann Jillian
  • If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery. John Paul Jones
  • In the absence of fear there is little faith. Michael Pain
  • While your life is the true expression of your faith, whom can you fear? Julia Ward Howe
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… granting courage, calmness and health

  • To run away from danger, instead of facing it, is to deny one’s faith in man and God, even one’s own self. It is better for one to drown oneself than live to declare such bankruptcy of faith. Mahatma Gandhi
  • A man of courage is also full of faith. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Faith is an adventure; it is the courage of the soul to face the unknown. Henry van Dyke
  • There is much in the world to make us afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid.  Frederick W. Cropp
  • Studies show that compared with those who profess no faith, religious and spiritual people are calmer and healthier. Michael Castleman
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Faith in what is possible gives us confidence to start new enterprises; to leap into the unknown …

  • What seems impossible one minute becomes, through faith, possible the next. Norman Vincent Peale
  • The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible. Richard M. Devos
  • In actual life every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith. Schlegel
  • Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller
  • Most decisions are seat-of-the-pants judgments. You can create a rationale for anything. In the end, most decisions are based on intuition and faith. Nathan Myhrvold
  • One new perception, one fresh thought, one act of surrender, one change of heart, one leap of faith, can change your life forever. Robert Holden
  • Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
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… for faith is belief that acts

  • Faith is not so much something we believe; faith is something we live. Joseph B. Wirthlin
  • Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active. Edith Hamilton
  • Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe. Mitch Albom
  • What is faith worth if it is not translated into action? Mahatma Gandhi
  • To me faith is not just a noun but also a verb. Jimmy Carter
  • Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier. Thomas Robert Gaines
  • Faith is an act of rational choice, which determines us to act as if certain things were true, and in the confident expectation that they will prove to be true. Dean Inge
  • A faith-holder puts himself below his faith and lets it guide his actions. The fanatic puts himself above it and uses it as an excuse for his actions. Gordon R. Dickson
  • Faith without works is like a bird without wings; though she may hop with her companions on earth, yet she will never fly with them to heaven. Francis Beaumont
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Faith, combined with action, can move mountains

  • Faith will move mountains. Proverb
  • Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are praying. Mason Cooley
  • Faith will move mountains. Proverb
  • Faith and initiative rightly combined remove mountainous barriers and achieve the unheard and miraculous. An enthusiastic attitude is nothing more than faith in action. Henry Chester
  • Doubt makes the mountain which faith can move. Proverb
  • Faith can move mountains but not furniture. Proverb
  • If ye have faith as a grain of mustard-seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove. Bible
  • Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains. William Penn
  • With faith the size of a mustard seed, you can indeed move a mountain, but you can hardly be expected to garnish your sandwich. Jarod Kintz
  • Faith can move mountains but not furniture. Proverb
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Faith is the best of companions on life’s journey

  • On a long journey of human life, faith is the best of companions; it is the best refreshment on the journey; and it is the greatest property. Buddha
  • Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys. Madeleine L’Engle
  • It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living. Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Faith aids going with the flow

  • As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit. Emmanuel Teney
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Faith, some argue, can complement reason

  • Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods. C. S. Lewis
  • Faith begins where Reason sinks exhausted. Albert Pike
  • Faith is a continuation of reason. William Adams
  • Faith is a function of the heart. It must be enforced by reason. The two are not antagonistic as some think. The more intense one’s faith is, the more it whet’s one’s reason. When faith becomes blind it dies. Mohandas Gandhi
  • Faith is a higher faculty than reason. Henry Christopher Bailey
  • Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God. Blaise Pascal
  • Faith is reason grown courageous. Sherwood Eddy
  • Faith must be enforced by reason. When faith becomes blind it dies.  Mahatma Gandhi
  • My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason. Norman Cousins
  • Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all. G. K. Chesterton
  • Reason is our soul’s left hand, Faith her right; by these we reach divinity. John Donne
  • Reason is our soul’s left hand, Faith her right. John Donne
  • The division between faith and reason is a half-measure, till it is frankly admitted that faith has to do with fiction, and reason with fact. Leslie Stephen
  • The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason. Benjamin Franklin
  • Faith is a permanent and vital endowment of the human mind — a part of reason itself. The insane alone are without it. Eden Phillpotts
  • Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it. Reinhold Niebuhr
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Faith substitutes understanding, yet can also aid it

  • If you can admit that you haven’t yet understood everything, faith can fill the emptiness in heart to confront the hesitation. Toba Beta
  • What is wrong with the admission that something exists beyond our understanding? The day science substantiates God in a lab is the day people stop needing faith! Dan Brown
  • To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Seek not to understand that you may believe but believe that you may understand. Saint Augustine
  • Faith is a devout belief in what one does not understand. Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamron
  • That’s the thing about faith. If you don’t have it you can’t understand it. And if you do, no explanation is necessary. Kira Nerys
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Faith, some argue, can complement thinking

  • Faith is building on what you know is here so you can reach what you know is there. Cullen Hightower
  • Faith is an oasis in the heart which can never be reached by the caravan of thinking. Kahlil Gibran
  • I would rather make a leap of faith than a jump to conclusion. Cynthea Burns
  • Faith is our direct link to universal wisdom, reminding us that we know more than we have heard or read or studied that we have only to look, listen, and trust the love and wisdom of the Universal Spirit working through us all. Dan Millman
  • Faith is the head chemist of the mind. Napoleon Hill
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Faith, some argue, can complement the search for truth

  • Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. Some of us pray to Jesus, some us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves. Dan Brown
  • That is the definition of faith — acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove. Dan Brown
  • Faith is an act of rational choice, which determines us to act as if certain things were true, and in the confident expectation that they will prove to be true. Dean Inge
  • All faiths constitute a revelation of Truth, but all are imperfect and liable to error. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Have confidence in the truth, although you may not be able to comprehend it, although you may suppose its sweetness to be bitter, although you may shrink from it at first.
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Faith creates enthusiastic action

  • Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It is nothing more or less than faith in action. Henry Chester
  • Faith and initiative rightly combined remove mountainous barriers and achieve the unheard and miraculous. An enthusiastic attitude is nothing more than faith in action. Henry Chester
  • Enthusiasm reaches out with joy, for there is nothing depressing about it; it reaches out in faith, for there is no fear in it; it reaches out with acceptance, for there is no doubt in it; it reaches out as a child for there is no uncertainty about it. Ernest Holmes
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Faith bestows youth

  • You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. Douglas MacArthur
  • Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind. You are as old as your doubt, your fear, your despair.  The way to keep young is to keep your faith young.  Keep your self-confidence young.  Keep your hope young.  Luella F. Phean
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More rewards of faith

  • Not Truth, but Faith, it is that keeps the world alive. Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • While fear depletes power, faith gives wings for the soul’s elevation. F. Hodge
  • Without faith in the world and in yourself, life feels shaky and scary. Faith grounds you in what’s reliable and supportive; it’s the antidote to doubt and fear. It strengthens you and supports you in weathering hard times. It helps you stay on your chosen paths, with confidence they will lead to good places. Faith fuels the hope and optimism that encourage the actions that lead to the results that confirm your faith, in a lovely positive cycle. Faith lifts your eyes to the far horizons, toward what’s sacred, even Divine. Rick Hanson
  • Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience. Eddie Rickenbacker
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Lack of faith comes at a cost

  • Scepticism has become a virtue. Cynicism and demand for proof has become enlightened thought. Is it any wonder that humans now feel more depressed and defeated than they have at any point in human history? Dan Brown
  • Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. Kahlil Gibran
  • To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation. Yann Martel
  • You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith. Mary Manin Morrissey
  • He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more; He who loses faith, loses all. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • If you have no faith, you’ve lost your battle. Bill Cosby
  • Life without faith in something is too narrow a space to live. George Lancaster Spalding
  • The disease with which the human mind now labors is want of faith. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead. John Greenleaf Whittier
  • Faith is like our life breath. It is impossible to live even for a minute in this world without faith. Sai Baba
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Faith is intertwined with courage, love and hope

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Faith and courage are intertwined

  • Faith is courage; it is creative while despair is always destructive.   David S. Muzzey
  • Faith is an adventure; it is the courage of the soul to face the unknown. Henry van Dyke
  • A man of courage is also full of faith. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Faith is reason grown courageous. Sherwood Eddy
  • Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be… a prudent insurance policy. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Faith is an adventure; it is the courage of the soul to face the unknown. Henry van Dyke
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Faith and love are intertwined

  • If faith is lacking, it is because there is too much selfishness, too much concern for personal gain. For faith to be true, it has to be generous and loving. Love and faith go together, they complete each other. Mother Teresa
  • Exercise of faith will be the safest where there is a clear determination summarily to reject all that is contrary to truth and love. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened. Charles Spurgeon
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Faith and hope are intertwined

  • Depression is the emotional result of hopelessness. Joy is the emotional result of hope. Peace is the emotional result of faith. Rex Rouis
  • Doubt sees what currently is and no more. Hope sees what can be but is not yet. Faith sees what will be as if it were now. Rex Rouis
  • Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened. Charles Spurgeon
  • Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope. Corazon Aquino
  • Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Faith is the harvest of things hoped for, the reality of things not yet visible.
  • Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
  • Faith is the very first thing you should pack in a hope chest. Sarah Breathnach
  • Hope is the parent of faith. Cyrus A. Bartol
  • Hope is the shadow of faith. Austin O’Malley
  • Hope will have it sometime. Faith has it now. Believing acts on it now. Rex Rouis
  • I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. S. Eliot
  • No vision and you perish; No Ideal, and you’re lost; Your heart must ever cherish Some faith at any cost. Some hope, some dream to cling to, Some rainbow in the sky, Some melody to sing to, Some service that is high. Harriet Du Autermont
  • We believe faith and freedom must be our guiding stars, for they show us truth, they make us brave, give us hope, and leave us wiser than we were. Ronald Reagan
  • Where hope would otherwise become hopelessness, it becomes faith. Robert Brault
  • You can have hope without FAITH, But you cannot have FAITH without Hope. Randy Furco
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Faith and gratitude are intertwined

  • If you really want to develop more faith and devotion, then think about the great benefits and gifts you have been constantly receiving. The more you think of them, the more you feel grateful, the more you feel devoted, the more you feel love. Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. Alan Cohen
  • The riches they receive will be in exact proportion to the definiteness of their vision, the fixity of their purpose, the steadiness of their faith, and the depth of their gratitude. Wallace D. Wattles
  • Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road. John Henry Jowett
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Arguments against blind faith

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Many argue against the merits of faith, especially blind faith

  • Your least favorite virtue, or nominee for the most overrated one? Faith. Closely followed—in view of the overall shortage of time—by patience. Christopher Hitchens
  • Perhaps true faith is a form of insanity. Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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Faith closes its eyes to the need for evidence

  • Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence. Richard Dawkins
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Faith stops asking questions

  • Faith does not give you the answers, it just stops you asking the questions. Frater Ravus
  • Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
  • A fundamentalist is a person who considers whether a fact is acceptable to their faith before they explore it. As opposed to a curious person who explores first and then considers whether or not they want to accept the ramifications. Seth Godin
  • The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry. Richard Dawkins
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Faith shuts its eyes to reason

  • The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason. Benjamin Franklin
  • I had to set limits to reason in order to make room for faith. Kant
  • It is time that we admitted that faith is nothing more than the license religious people give one another to keep believing when reasons fail. Sam Harris
  • Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but – more frequently than not – struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God. Martin Luther
  • Faith is stronger than so-called reason. Hermann Hesse
  • Faith means believing the unbelievable. K. Chesterton
  • Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but – more frequently than not – struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God. Martin Luther
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Faith clouds intelligence and stops thinking

  • Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the Creator of human intelligence.
  • Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Richard Dawkins
  • Religions are like pills, which must be swallowed whole without chewing.
  • There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking. Alfred Korzybski
  • Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt. Henri Frederic Amiel
  • Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it, and never destroy it. Thomas A Kempis
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Faith stops the need for proof and evidence

  • I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing. Douglas Adams
  • Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence. Richard Dawkins
  • Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1
  • I don’t have to have faith, I have experience. Joseph Campbell
  • The faith of religion is belief on insufficient evidence. Sam Harris
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Faith is the enemy of truth

  • Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. David Stevens
  • Faith means not wanting to know what is true. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • That is the definition of faith — acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove. Dan Brown
  • Man discovers truth by reason only, not by faith. Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
  • Not truth, but faith, it is that keeps the world alive. Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • A lively, disinterested, persistent liking for truth is extraordinarily rare. Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not to be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism or doubt. Henri Frederic Amiel
  • A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.  Albert Einstein
  • Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion. Robert Burton
  • If you live in bad faith, lies will appear to you like the truth. Frank Herbert
  • In the beginning there was faith – which is childish; trust – which is vain; and illusion – which is dangerous. Elie Wiesel
  • The church says 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 a shadow than in the church. Ferdinand Magellan
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Faith corrupts

  • Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power, but absolute power is corrupt only in the hands of the absolutely faithful.
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Blind faith that can be harmful and dangerous

  • What I have a problem with is not so much religion or god, but faith. When you say you believe something in your heart and therefore you can act on it, you have completely justified the 9/11 bombers. You have justified Charlie Manson. If it’s true for you, why isn’t it true for them? Why are you different? If you say, “I believe there’s an all- powerful force of love in the universe that connects us all, and I have no evidence of that but I believe it in my heart,” then it’s perfectly okay to believe in your heart that Sharon Tate deserves to die. It’s perfectly okay to believe in your heart that you need to fly planes into buildings for Allah.” Penn Jillette
  • We have a choice. We have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That’s it. Conversation and violence. And faith is a conversation stopper. Sam Harris
  • There are few things more dangerous than inbred religious certainty. Bart D. Ehrman
  • If you think that your belief is based upon reason, you will support it by argument, rather than by persecution, and will abandon it if the argument goes against you. But if your belief is based on faith, you will realize that argument is useless, and will therefore resort to force either in the form of persecution or by stunting and distorting the minds of the young in what is called “education”. This last is particularly dastardly, since it takes advantage of the defencelessness of immature minds. Unfortunately, it is practiced in greater or less degree in the schools of every civilised country. Bertrand Russell
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Blind faith traps the mind in untested beliefs and dogma …

  • A man is accepted into a church for what he believes, and he is turned out for what he knows. Samuel Clemens
  • Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakeable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time. Richard Dawkins
  • To ‘choose’ dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid. Christopher Hitchens
  • People wrap themselves in their beliefs. And they do it in such a way that you can’t set them free. Not even the truth will set them free. Michael Specter
  • Ninety-nine percent of people will die having not examined their conditioning and beliefs in a meaningful way. Brent Kessel
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… shutting us off from personal growth and evolution

  • You keep believing, I’ll keep evolving.
  • When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. Anaïs Nin
  • Belief is the death of intelligence. Robert Anton
  • Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay. Jiddu Krishnamurti
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Faith verse doubt

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Many argue that faith is the antidote to doubt

  • Without faith in the world and in yourself, life feels shaky and scary. Faith grounds you in what’s reliable and supportive; it’s the antidote to doubt and fear. Rick Hanson
  • When in doubt faith it!  Church sign
  • Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; … where there is doubt, faith… Francis of Assisi
  • Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt. Richard Feynman
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Some argue that it is the pain of secret doubts that fuels the very grasping of faith

  • You are never dedicated to something that you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it’s going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt. Robert M. Pirsig
  • The less depth a belief system has, the greater the fervency with which its adherents embrace it. The most vociferous, the most fanatical are those whose cobbled faith is founded on the shakiest grounds. Dean Koontz
  • No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself. Henry Brooks Adams
  • The opposite of faith is not doubt: It is certainty. It is madness. You can tell you have created God in your own image when it turns out that he or she hates all the same people you do.  Anne Lamott
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They argue that faith better serves us than doubt

  • .. If we don’t have faith that we’re making the best decision we can, then we will be swallowed up in doubt. And doubt, at least as far as your brain is concerned, is a precarious state in which to live. Faith is equivalent with hope, optimism, and the belief that a positive future awaits us. Andrew Newberg
  • To leap across an abyss, one is better served by faith than doubt. William James
  • For the truly faithful, no miracle is necessary. For those who doubt, no miracle is sufficient. Nancy Gibbs
  • Scepticism has never founded empires, established principals, or changed the world’s heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith. Edwin Hubbell Chapin
  • Doubt sees what currently is and no more. Hope sees what can be but is not yet. Faith sees what will be as if it were now. Rex Rouis
  • Feed your faith and doubt will starve to death.
  • Others argue that doubt is not the opposite of faith but an important element of it
  • And faith without doubt is nothing but death. Miguel de Unamuno
  • Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. Kahlil Gibran
  • Doubt is a question mark; faith is an exclamation point. The most compelling, believable, realistic stories have included them both. Criss Jami
  • Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith. Paul Tillich
  • Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving. Frederick Buechner
  • Doubt makes the mountain which faith can move. Proverb
  • Faith and doubt both are needed – not as antagonists but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve. Lillian Smith
  • Faith doesn’t mean you never doubt. It only means you never act upon your doubts. Orson Scott Card
  • Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe. Henry David Thoreau
  • Life is doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death. Miguel de Unamuno
  • May there always be a little faith in your doubt. Macrina Wiederkehr
  • Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. Paul Tillich
  • Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving. Frederick Buechner
  • If faith never encounters doubt, if truth never struggles with error, if good never battles evil, how can faith know its own power? In my own pilgrimage, if I had to choose between a faith that has stared doubt in the eye and made it blink, or a naive faith that has never known the firing line of doubt, I will choose the former every time. Gary Parker
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Thoughtful, honest doubt can serve us better than blind faith

  • The doubt of an earnest, thoughtful, patient and laborious mind is worthy of respect. In such doubt may be found indeed more faith than in half the creeds. John Lancaster Spalding
  • There lives more faith in honest doubt, Believe me, than in half the creeds. Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning. Aleister Crowley
  • If faith never encounters doubt, if truth never struggles with error, if good never battles evil, how can faith know its own power? In my own pilgrimage, if I had to choose between a faith that has stared doubt in the eye and made it blink, or a naive faith that has never known the firing line of doubt, I will choose the former every time. Gary Parker
  • I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education. Wilson Mizner
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In fact, blind faith without any doubt can be a highly dangerous thing

  • Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile. Kurt Vonnegut
  • Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right. Laurens Van der Post
  • The human spirit glows from that small inner light of doubt whether we are right, while those who believe with certainty that they possess the right are dark inside and darken the world outside with cruelty, pain, and injustice. Saul D. Alinsky
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Doubters are usually far wiser than those who believe blindly

  • Most men appear wiser in their doubts than in their belief. Norman Macdonald
  • The believer is happy; the doubter is wise. Hungarian Proverb
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Doubt can be the beginning of faith

  • Doubt is often only a sort of moulting in the spiritual world, the moulting of the soaring eagle wings of faith. Alexander Henry Craufurd
  • Yes, I have doubted. I have wandered off the path. I have been lost. But I always returned. … My faith has wavered but has saved me. Helen Hayes
  • Scepticism is the beginning of Faith. Oscar Wilde
  • Scepticism, riddling the faith of yesterday, prepared the way for the faith of tomorrow. Romain Rolland
  • If faith never encounters doubt, if truth never struggles with error, if good never battles evil, how can faith know its own power? Gary Parker
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True faith

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True faith keeps an open mind

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True faith does not grasp

  • The rigidity of one’s religious beliefs diminishes with the presence of faith. Fanaticism is a grasping for order in a mind without peace and without faith.  Earon Davis
  • Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Fanatics do not have faith – they have belief. With faith you let go. You trust. Whereas with belief you cling. Yann Martel
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True faith transcends belief

  • Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active. Edith Hamilton
  • Belief is a truth held in the mind. Faith is a fire in the heart. Joseph Fort Newton
  • The ultimate human goal is faith without belief. Beliefs can mislead us, but faith is the pure, deep well that knows no bounds. Earon Davis
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True faith anchors itself in personal experience, not hearsay

  • Faith begins as an experiment and ends as an experience. William Ralph Inge
  • I don’t have to have faith, I have experience. Joseph Campbell
  • The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers, is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience. Abraham Lincoln
  • There is no merit where there is no trial; and till experience stamps the mark of strength, cowards may pass for heroes, and faith for falsehood. Aaron Hill
  • To ‘choose’ dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid. Christopher Hitchens
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True faith makes room for mystery

  • Real faith means holding ourselves open to the unconditional mystery which we encounter in every sphere of our life and which cannot be comprised in any formula. Real faith means the ability to endure life in the face of this mystery.  Martin Buber
  • No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith. A. Salvatore
  • The mysteries of faith are degraded if they are made into an object of affirmation and negation, when in reality they should be an object of contemplation. Simone Weil
  • We injure mysteries, which are matters of faith by any attempt at explanation in order to make them matters of reason. Charles Caleb Colton
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Faith in oneself

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Faith in oneself is necessary for success

  • As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us. Winston Churchill
  • Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others. Erich From
  • If you think you can win, you can. Faith is necessary to victory. William Hazlitt
  • 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
  • It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself. Muhammad Ali
  • Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent. Sophia Loren
  • The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings. M. Barrie
  • They are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers. Christian Bovee
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Have faith in yourself

  • The Law of Faith: Faith is a belief in the favorable outcome of anything undertaken. Faith gives life, power and action to your plan. Faith inspires you with absolute confidence to demonstrate your plan and qualifies you to turn your ideas into money. Earl Prevette
  • It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself. Muhammad Ali
  • At the back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: It comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur. Henry Miller
  • .. If we don’t have faith that we’re making the best decision we can, then we will be swallowed up in doubt. And doubt, at least as far as your brain is concerned, is a precarious state in which to live. Faith is equivalent with hope, optimism, and the belief that a positive future awaits us. Andrew Newberg
  • Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others. Erich Fromm
  • Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go. Christian Larson
  • 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
  • Each golden sunrise ushers in new opportunities for those who retain faith in themselves and keep their chins up… Meet the sunrise with confidence. Fill every golden minute with right thinking and worthwhile endeavor. Do this and there will be joy for you in each golden sunset. Alonzo Newton Benn
  • It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re No. 1. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner. Vince Lombardi
  • Obey your soul, have perfect faith in yourself. Never think of yourself with doubt or distrust, or as one who makes mistakes. Wallace D. Wattles
  • The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourself! Swami Vivekananda
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Have faith in …

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Have faith in your dreams and your ability to realise them

  • Dreams have a habit of coming true when you least expect it – never lose faith, even the impossible dreams can become a reality if you commit to making them so. Deb Ivarsson
  • Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is, and the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult. Julia Cameron
  • 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
  • No vision and you perish; No Ideal, and you’re lost; Your heart must ever cherish Some faith at any cost. Some hope, some dream to cling to, Some rainbow in the sky, Some melody to sing to, Some service that is high. Harriet Du Autermont
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Have faith in humanity

  • Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them. Steve Jobs
  • You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Mahatma Gandhi
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Have faith in love

  • Surrender is faith that the power of Love can accomplish anything even when you cannot foresee the outcome. Deepak Chopra
  • When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lit to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Have faith in the future

  • The real source of wealth and capital in this new era is not material things… it is the human mind, the human spirit, the human imagination, and our faith in the future. Steve Forbes
  • Faith is equivalent with hope, optimism, and the belief that a positive future awaits us. Andrew Newberg
  • The planting of trees is the least self-centered of all that we can do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children. Thornton Wilder
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Have faith that anything is possible

  • The secret of making something work in your lives is first of all, the deep desire to make it work; then the faith and belief that it can work; then to hold that clear definite vision in your consciousness and see it working out step by step, without one thought of doubt or disbelief. Eileen Caddy
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Have faith in your values and principles

  • True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values. Dean William Ralph Inge
  • The ability to stand by one’s principles, to live with integrity and faith according to one’s belief – that is what matters, that is the difference between a contribution and a commitment. Howard W. Hunter
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Have faith in what you do

  • The stronger the concentration, the more faith you have in what you are doing, the more feelings you put into the act, the stronger and faster will be the results. Remez Sasson
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Have faith in life

  • To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. Alan Watts
  • You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope. Thomas Merton
  • I think of how life takes unexpected twists and turns, sometimes through sheer happenstance, sometimes through calculated decisions. In the end, it can all be called fate, but to me, it is more a matter of faith. Emily Giffin
  • This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek. Terry Tempest Williams
  • Every life is a profession of faith and exercises an inevitable and silent influence. Henri Frederic Amiel
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Have faith in truth

  • You must have absolute faith in your own perceptions of truth. Never act in haste or hurry; be deliberated in everything; wait until you know the true way. Wallace D. Wattles
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Have faith in words

  • She had faith in words, believing in their ability to carry inexpressible messages, trusting that what cannot be said can somehow be borne aloft by what can be said. She was right. Frank Conroy
  • Words are the most powerful thing in the universe… Words are containers. They contain faith, or fear, and they produce after their kind. Charles Capps
  • Sometimes you need faith and victory spoken over your life. Words have created power. When you receive them into your spirit, they can ignite seeds of increase on the inside. Joel Osteen
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Have faith in what is right

  • Let us 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
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Have faith in your inner most being

  • The basic idea of Zen is to come in touch with the inner workings of our being, and to do this in the most direct way possible, without resorting to anything external or superadded. Therefore, anything that has the semblance of an external authority is rejected by Zen. Absolute faith is placed in a man’s own inner being. For whatever authority there is in Zen, all comes from within. T. Suzuki
  • To attach oneself to a guru, an avatar, one religion, one creed, is to see the stars only. To put one´s faith in the Infinite Being and in its presence within the heart is to see the vast empty sky itself. The stars will come and go, will disintegrate and vanish, but the sky remains. Paul Brunton
  • Faith is not something to be sought after. Faith is something to be discovered within ourselves. Norma Hawkins
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Faith in science and philosophy

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Many argue science and faith are incompatible; that science worships doubt…

  • Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed. Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved. Tim Minchin
  • Scientists do not join hands every Sunday and sing “Yes gravity is real! I know gravity is real! I will have faith! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down, down. Amen!” If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about the concept. Dan Barker
  • The man of science has learned to believe in justification, not by faith, but by verification. Thomas Henry Huxley
  • True science, so far from being an enemy to religious truth, will always stand as the mediator in the ever-pending conflict between religious faith and human reason. C. S. West
  • What is it with science these days? Everyone is so quick to believe in it, in all these new scientific discoveries, new pills for this, new pills for that. Get thinner, grow hair, yada, yada, yada, but when it requires a little faith in something you all go crazy.’ He shook his head, ‘If miracles had chemical equations then everyone would believe. Cecelia Ahern, The Gift
  • What is wrong with the admission that something exists beyond our understanding? The day science substantiates God in a lab is the day people stop needing faith! Dan Brown
  • When you’re thirsty and it seems that you could drink the entire ocean that’s faith; when you start to drink and finish only a glass or two that’s science. Anton Chekhov
  • Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, open-mindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake. Christopher Hitchens
  • The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge. Albert Einstein
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… while others assert even science is a form of faith

  • Science corrects the old creeds, sweeps away, with every new perception, our infantile catechisms, and necessitates a faith commensurate with the grander orbits and universal laws which it discloses. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Science has a simple faith, which transcends utility. It is the faith that it is the privilege of man to learn to understand, and that this is his mission.  Vannevar Bush
  • When we try in good faith to believe in materialism, in the exclusive reality of the physical, we are asking ourselves to step aside; we are disavowing the very realm where we exist and where all things precious are kept — the realm of emotion and conscience, of memory and intention and sensation. John Updike
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Philosophy and faith

  • Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
  • Philosophy … is a science, and as such has no articles of faith; accordingly, in it nothing can be assumed as existing except what is either positively given empirically or demonstrated through indubitable conclusions. Arthur Schopenhauer
  • To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere Philosophy. Sir Thomas Browne
  • Philosophy has no end in view save truth; faith looks for nothing but obedience and piety. Baruch Spinoza
  • A cleric who loses his faith abandons his calling; a philosopher who loses his redefines his subject. Ernest Gellner
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Final thoughts

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Faith verse experience

  • There is no merit where there is no trial; and till experience stamps the mark of strength, cowards may pass for heroes, and faith for falsehood. Aaron Hill
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Faith verse unbelief

  • Christ never failed to distinguish between doubt and unbelief. Doubt is can’t believe; unbelief is won’t believe. Doubt is honesty; unbelief is obstinacy. Doubt is looking for light; unbelief is content with darkness. Henry Drummond
  • Scepticism is unbelief in cause and effect. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Talk unbelief, and you will have unbelief; but talk faith, and you will have faith. According to the seed sown will be the harvest. Ellen G. White
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Atheism requires faith – or does it

  • To say that atheism requires faith is as dim-witted as saying that disbelief in pixies or leprechauns takes faith. Even if Einstein himself told me there was an elf on my shoulder, I would still ask for proof and I wouldn’t be wrong to ask. Geoff Mather
  • To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny. Joseph Addison
  • I always admired atheists. I think it takes a lot of faith. Diane Frolov
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On a lighter note

  • A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.  Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Applause before a speaker begins his talk is an act of faith; applause during the speech is an act of hope; applause after he has concluded is an act of charity.
  • Faith can move mountains but not furniture.  Proverb
  • Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge of things without parallel.  Ambrose Bierce
  • Faith: Not wanting to know what is true.  Friedrich Nietzsche
  • He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.  Kingsley Amis
  • I am not a man of faith, but my wife is.  David Coleman
  • I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.  Wilson Mizner
  • 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
  • It ain’t supposed to make sense; it’s faith; faith is something that you believe that nobody in his right mind would believe.  Archie Bunker
  • Scriptures: The sacred books of our holy religion as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.  Ambrose Bierce
  • Searching For a New Look? Have Your Faith Lifted Here!  Church sign
  • I always admired atheists. I think it takes a lot of faith. Diane Frolov
  • Talking to dogs is one of the few acts of faith still made nowadays. Paul Jennings
  • When the country goes temporarily to the dogs, cats must learn to be circumspect, walk on fences, sleep in trees, and have faith that all this woofing is not the last word. Garrison Keillor
  • With faith the size of a mustard seed, you can indeed move a mountain, but you can hardly be expected to garnish your sandwich. Jarod Kintz
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