When you are getting ready to become a mom, being in love with someone just isn’t enough. You need to think about whether he would be a good parent and raise your children with similar beliefs.
To believe in a God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter.[An einen Gott glauben heißt sehen, daß es mit den Tatsachen der Welt noch nicht abgetan ist.]
Theoretically there is a perfect possibility of happiness: believing in the indestructable element in oneself and not striving towards it.
The word ‘belief’ is a difficult thing for me. I don’t believe. I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and then I know it—I don’t need to believe it.
The child learns to believe a host of things. I.e. it learns to act according to these beliefs. Bit by bit there forms a system of what is believed, and in that system some things stand unshakeably fast and some are more or less liable to shift. What stands fast does so, not because it is intrinsically obvious or convincing; it is rather held fast by what lies around it.[Das Kind lernt eine Menge Dinge glauben. D.h. es lernt z.B. nach diesem Glauben handeln. Es bildet sich nach und nach ein System von Geglaubtem heraus, und darin steht manches unverrückbar fest, manches ist mehr oder weniger beweglich. Was feststeht, tut dies nicht, weil es an sich offenbar oder einleuchtend ist, sondern es wird von dem, was darum herumliegt, festgehalten.]
The belief in an external world independent of the perceiving subject is the basis of all natural science.
In our country we must trust the people to hear and see both the good and the bad and to choose the good.
I never fail to do my very best, and to do so with all my strength. Well, God will make all things right. I have a project in my head, for the success of which I daily pray to God. If it be His almighty will, it must come to pass; but, if not, I am quite contented. I shall then at all events have done my part.
For who can wonder that man should feel a vague belief in tales of disembodied spirits wandering through those places which they once dearly affected, when he himself, scarcely less separated from his old world than they, is for ever lingering upon past emotions and bygone times, and hovering, the ghost of his former self, about the places and people that warmed his heart of old?