Page 9, column 3, July 21, 1975, The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph,Scunthorpe, England
It’s hard to believe in coincidence, but it’s even harder to believe in anything else. — John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson
I’m frightened of people who believe in just one story. The advantage of studying literature is that you learn many stories, philosophy, history, etc. You learn that we have commonalities of strangeness and secrets with our fellow humans. Because of many stories, we are that much more open to otherness.
Waiting by Gordon Coutts, 1896
A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us. — Henri J. M. Nouwen
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. — Franz Kafka
Queensboro Bridge painted by August Mosca, 1954
Knowledge of other people’s beliefs and ways of thinking must be used to build bridges, not to create conflicts. — Kjell Magne Bondevik
‘The “Believe” Of Childhood’ illustration by Nanda Correa
Some things have to be believed to be seen. – Ralph Hodgson, The Skylark and Other Poems
I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.
In Arab popular traditions, there’s a belief that if a manuscript were to be submerged in water and its ink were to dissolve, drinking the water would transform the knowledge contained in that manuscript into the body of the drinker and become part of the body’s system.
Bird Girl, by Sylvia Shaw Judson, 1936. Photographer Jack Leigh found the Bird Girl sculpture on the grave of Lucy Boyd Trosdal in “The garden of good and evil”, Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. – Joseph Conrad
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from 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 which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.