Belief

530 – “There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and tactics are another. This conception is a potent menace to social regeneration. All human experience teaches that methods and means cannot be separated from the ultimate aim. The means employed become, through individual habit and social practice, part and parcel of the final purpose; they influence it, modify it, and presently the aims and means become identical.”

–Emma Goldman
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518 – “Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore, and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”

–Frantz Fanon

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418 – “Realism is concerned only with the external shell of nature. People content with the discoveries they have made ignore the fact that there are other things to be discovered, even broader avenues to be explored.”

–Edvard Munch [Full Quote Below]

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389 – “We continue to favor the outlandish explanation over the simple one; we are more readily deceived by a great deception… than by a modest one. … We like to lose ourselves in a cause, to ground our private hurts in public outrages. We do not like for others to refute our beliefs any more than we like them to deny our hallucinations.”

–Stacy Schiff

Note: The parts cut from this quote do not alter the meaning, rather they serve as context to the article it was written in and make little sense without the article. However, you can read the full quote under Source Notes and judge for yourselves. (more…)