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.
We are led to believe a lie, when we see not through the eye, which was born in a night to perish in a night, when the soul slept in beams of light.
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.]
There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.
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 test of all beliefs is their practical effect in life. If it be true that optimism compels the world forward, and pessimism retards it, then it is dangerous to propagate a pessimistic philosophy.
The fact that a belief has a good moral effect upon a man is no evidence whatsoever in favor of its truth.
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.]