I may believe
that Columbus crossed the Atlantic, that all Cretans are liars, that two and two are four, or that nine times six is fifty-six; in all these cases the believing is just the same, and only the contents believed are different.
And thou art more foolish and unreasonable than a little child, who, playing with the parts of a skillfully made watch, dares to say that, as he does not understand its use, he does not believe
in the master who made it.
Can we believe
that natural selection could produce, on the one hand, organs of trifling importance, such as the tail of a giraffe, which serves as a fly-flapper, and, on the other hand, organs of such wonderful structure, as the eye, of which we hardly as yet fully understand the inimitable perfection?
I don't see why the things we believe
absolutely now shouldn't be just as wrong as what they believed in the past.
Listen," said the abbe, extending his hand over the wounded man, as if to command him to believe
; "this is what the God in whom, on your death-bed, you refuse to believe
, has done for you -- he gave you health, strength, regular employment, even friends -- a life, in fact, which a man might enjoy with a calm conscience.
Verily, not in backworlds and redeeming blood-drops: but in the body do they also believe
most; and their own body is for them the thing-in-itself.
Against these, too, I must try to make a defence:--Let their affidavit be read: it contains something of this kind: It says that Socrates is a doer of evil, who corrupts the youth; and who does not believe
in the gods of the state, but has other new divinities of his own.
You are employed by them often, I believe
, but you are not on the staff, not since the affair of Nerman and the code book.
I shall not tell you any more of my life because you are young and you would not believe
me if I did.
You are neither of you worthy of a broken heart, - nor of all the sighs, and tears, and sorrowful thoughts that have been, and I fear will be, wasted upon you both; but, at present, each has a more exalted opinion of the other than, I fear, he or she deserves; and my sister's feelings are naturally full as keen as yours, and I believe
more constant; but she has the good sense and fortitude to strive against them in this particular; and I trust she will not rest till she has entirely weaned her thoughts - ' he hesitated.
And thus it is necessary to take such measures that, when they believe
no longer, it may be possible to make them believe
I love you too much to live with you for the rest of my life wondering all the time whether you still believed or whether the weight of the evidence had crushed out that tiny little spark of intuition which is all that makes you believe