It's the repetition of affirmations that leads
to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep
conviction, things begin to happen.
assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub
them off every once in a while, or the light won't
Since the beginning, Native Peoples lived a life
of being in harmony with all that surrounds us.
It is a belief that all humankind are related
to each other. Each has a purpose, spirit and
sacredness. It is an understanding with the Great
Spirit or Creator that we will follow these ways.
And in this understanding we believe we are related
to all other living species...
are more connected than ever before, more able
to spread our ideas and beliefs, our anger and
fears. As we exercise the right to advocate
our views, and as we animate our supporters,
we must all assume responsibility for our words
and actions before they enter a vast echo chamber
and reach those both serious and delirious,
connected and unhinged.
belief that all genuine education comes about
through experience does not mean that all experiences
are genuinely or equally educative.
Gods we worship write their names on our faces;
be sure of that. 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.
is much better than belief. Belief is when someone
else does the thinking.
development is the law of life, and a man who
always tries to maintain his dogmas in order
to appear consistent drives himself into a false
development is the law of life, and a man who
always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to
appear consistent drives himself into a false
just have this absolute belief that humans are
moving away from cruelty and destruction towards
a time when we can truly live in harmony with
nature. When we understand that there is a spiritual
power around us from which we can draw strength.
That is where I believe human destiny ultimately
is taking us. I just hope we have time."
never had come up with a really profound and
strong gesture -- nothing like Julia Butterfly's.
So I figured the best thing I could do was live
by my beliefs. That's probably the most profound
thing that anybody can do."
I know that the younger generation is doing
things that are so ingenious. And for them it's
not a matter of a political belief or an environmental
stance. It's really just common sense.
Common sense dictates that we evaluate our beliefs
on the basis of how they affect us. If they make
us more loving, creative, and wise, they are good
beliefs. If they make us cruel, jealous, depressed
and sick, they cannot be good beliefs.
It is my firm belief that I have a link with the
past and a responsibility to the future. I cannot
give up. I cannot despair. There's a whole future,
generations to come. I have to keep trying.
Hussein of Jordan
do we create a harmonious society out of so
many kinds of people? The key is tolerance --
the one value that is indispensable in creating
must address and master the future together.
It can be done if we restore the belief that
we share a sense of national community, that
we share a common national endeavor. It can
implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs.
Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution
of others." -- John
is from the numberless diverse acts of courage
and belief that human history is shaped. Each
time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to
improve the lot of others or strikes out against
injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope,
and crossing each other from a million different
centers of energy and daring, those ripples
build a current that can sweep down the mightiest
walls of oppression and resistance.
...Come home to the affirmation
that we have a dream.
Come home to the conviction that we can move
our country forward.
Come home to the belief that we can seek a newer
And let us be joyful in the homecoming...
is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that
our destiny will not be written for us, but
by us; by all those men and women who are not
content to settle for the world as it is; who
have courage to remake the world as it should
do not mean by this declaration to condemn those
who believe otherwise; they have the same right
to their belief as I have to mine. But it is necessary
to the happiness of man, that he be mentally faithful
to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing,
or in disbelieving; it consists in professing
to believe what he does not believe.
I do not believe in a simplistic and inflammatory
view of good and evil. I believe this is a big
world full of men, women, and children who struggle
to eat, to love, to work, to protect their families,
their beliefs, and their dreams.
“The motivating force of the theory of a Democratic
way of life is still a belief that as individuals
we live cooperatively, and, to the best of our
ability, serve the community in which we live..."
have always held to the hope, the belief, the
conviction that there is a better life, a better
world, beyond the horizon."
When the intensity of emotional conviction
subsides, a man who is in the habit of reasoning
will search for logical grounds in favour
of the belief which he finds in himself. -- Bertrand
is a credulous animal, and must believe something;
in the absence of good grounds for belief,
he will be satisfied with bad ones.
a man believes may be ascertained not from his
creed, but from assumptions on which he habitually
Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism,
are all too frequently those who . . . ignore
some of the basic principles of Americanism—the
right to criticize, the right to hold unpopular
beliefs, the right to protest, the right of
sugarcoated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism
must start with a belief in some group's greater
right to power, whether that right is justified
by sex, race, class, religion, or all four. However
far it may expand, the progression inevitably
rests on unequal power and airtight roles within
to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain
or freed a human soul.
religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions
are in almost every case gotten at second-hand,
and without examination, from authorities who
have not themselves examined the questions at
issue but have taken them at second-hand from
other non-examiners, whose opinions about them
were not worth a brass farthing.
we are to have the public conversations essential
to taking on serious dilemmas from climate change
to criminal justice reform, we need forums for
those conversations. The media can facilitate
the conversations or shut them down. They can
open up or constrain our beliefs about what
is possible, what is desirable, who is deserving,
and which perspectives are legitimate.
believe in taking down the barriers, but we
also believe in the most energetic reconciliation
among peoples by getting them to know each other,
talk each other's languages, understand each
other's fears and beliefs, getting to know each
other physically, philosophically, and spiritually.
It is much harder to kill your near neighbor
than the thousands of unknown and hostile aliens
at the other end of a nuclear missile. We have
to create a world in which there are no unknown,
hostile aliens at the other end of any missiles.
Williams (The Peace People)
still have great faith in democracy. I have
great belief in the power of community.
shows us the limit of our imagination. Imaginations
shared create collaboration, collaboration creates
community, and community inspires social change.
have to speak out now on behalf of our community
and on behalf of the land and say they're the
same thing and say "No, we are not rolling over"
and "No, this is not a corporate enterprise."
This is democracy in the fullest sense and we
must have regard and reverence and those are
the cornerstones of a just society.
thing always happens that you really believe
in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.