If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.
No intelligent man believes that anybody ever willingly errs or willingly does base and evil deeds; they are well aware that all who do base and evil things to them unwillingly.
I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.
Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.
I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.
Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.
Yet the stupid believe they are awake, busily and brightly assuming they understand things, calling this man ruler, that one herdsman? How dense! Confucius and you are both dreaming! And when I say you are dreaming, I am dreaming, too.
One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him.
So much is man the slave of his heart that he will shut his eyes to what does not please him and believe all that he hopes.
A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?
It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.
Man is what he believes.
Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes.
I believe that a man is converted when first he hears the low, vast murmur of life, of human life, troubling his hitherto unconscious self.
My friends, whoever has had experience of evils knows how whenever a flood of ills comes upon mortals, a man fears everything; but whenever a divine force cheers on our voyage, then we believe that the same fate will always blow fair.
I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
Catholic theology believes that God gave man free will, and you can't give somebody free will and then send in a play from the sidelines.
What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher.