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Faith

  • Faith ... is nothing at all tangible. It is simply believing God; and, like sight, it is nothing apart from its object. You might as well shut your eyes and look inside, and see whether you have sight, as to look inside to discover whether you have faith.

  • Faith is a curious thing. It must be renewed; it has its own spring.

  • The world is full of people who have lost faith: politicians who have lost faith in politics, social workers who have lost faith in social work, schoolteachers who have lost faith in teaching and, for all I know, policemen who have lost faith in policing and poets who have lost faith in poetry. It's a condition of faith that it gets lost from time to time, or at least mislaid.

  • Faith will not be restored in the West because people believe it to be useful. It will return only when they find that it is true.

  • Faith hasn't got no eyes, but she' long-legged ...

  • Faith reinvigorates the will, enriches the affections, and awakens a sense of creativeness. Active faith knows no fear, and it is a safeguard to me against cynicism and despair.

  • ... faith is like love; when you want it you can't find it, and you find it when you least expect it.

  • Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm, a state of intellectual magnificence which we must safeguard like a treasure, not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words and inexact, pedantic arguments.

  • Faith is a mockery if it does not teach us that we can build a more omplete and beautiful world.

  • ... faith, it seems to me, is not the holding of certain dogmas; it is simply openness and readiness of heart to believe any truth which God may show.

  • ... faith isn't faith until it's all we have to hold on to and knowledge fails us. When we pray for faith, we automatically pray for darkness. Think about it.

  • I am extremely spiritual. I've not gone into this before because it's personal, but faith is the core of my life.

    • Oprah Winfrey,
    • in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey ()
  • Faith is the Knowledge of the Heart, Logick the Knowledge of the Mind.

  • When you get in a tight place, and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the time and the place the tide will turn.

  • Let us never doubt, everything that ought to happen is going to happen.

  • Belief sometimes precedes understanding; faith sometimes precedes scientific evidence.

  • I do not question what the years portend — / Of good or ill, whatever wind may blow; / It is enough, enough for me to know / I shall be given courage to the end.

  • If there be a faith that can remove mountains, it is faith in our own power.

  • It cannot be too strongly asserted that the insistence on blind, unreasoning faith is due mainly to the maintenance of a subject-matter upon which there was no knowledge, namely the 'other world'; and that this basis was assumed because of early man's preoccupation with death. It is, unfortunately, quite possible to believe a thing which is contradicted by facts, especially if the facts are not generally known; but if the whole position on which we rested our religions had been visibly opposed by what we did know, even the unthinking masses would, in time, have noticed it.

  • I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings. Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of Earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and the angels. I have enough for this life.

  • Faith is the pierless bridge supporting what we see / Unto the scene that we do not, / Too slender for the eye.

    • Emily Dickinson,
    • in Martha Dickinson Bianchi and Alfred Leete Hampson, eds., Further Poems of Emily Dickinson ()
  • 'Faith' is a fine invention / When Gentlemen can see — / But microscopes are prudent / In an Emergency.

    • Emily Dickinson,
    • c. 1860, in Thomas H. Johnson, ed., The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson ()
  • Faith takes root in the insignificant.

    • Nancy Willard,
    • "The Hucklebone of a Saint," A Nancy Willard Reader ()
  • Faith often means survival. / Belief in circumstances which are not yet present. / It helps us over loss.

  • In each experience of my life, I have had to step out of one little space of the known light, into a large area of darkness. I had to stand awhile in the darkness, and then gradually God has given me light. But not to linger in. For as soon as that light has felt familiar, then the call has always come to step out ahead again into new darkness.

  • Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.

  • Faith is not making religious-sounding noises in the daytime. It is asking your inmost self questions at night — and then getting up and going to work.

  • Faith is not being sure. It is not being sure, but betting with your last cent.

  • Faith is not a series of gilt-edged propositions that you sit down to figure out, and if you follow all the logic and accept all the conclusions, then you have it. It is crumpling and throwing away everything, proposition by proposition, until nothing is left, and then writing a new proposition, your very own, to throw in the teeth of despair ...

  • There's nothing so kingly as kindness, / And nothing so royal as truth.

    • Alice Cary,
    • "Nobility," The Poetical Works of Alice and Phoebe Cary ()
  • If it can be verified, we don't need faith. ... Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason. Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.

  • Faith and doubt both are needed — not as antagonists but working side by side — to take us around the unknown curve.

  • Faith is like radar which sees straight through the fog; the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.

  • One by one, like leaves from a tree, / All my faiths have forsaken me.

  • Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.

  • Faith is fundamentally a kind of folly ...

  • Faith walks simply, childlike, between the darkness of human life and the hope of what is to come.

  • Faith considers that its precariousness and its finiteness are but the womb in which it abides, moving toward the plenitude and fullness of the eternity which it desires and believes in and which revelation opens to it.

  • Faith is contagious when we show it to one another.

  • Leap and the net will appear.

  • There is nothing more perplexing in life than to know at what point you should surrender your intellect to your faith.

  • Every believer is an anarchist at heart. True believers would rather see governments topple and history rewritten than scuff the cover of their faith.

  • The Bible writers didn't care that they were bunching together sequences some of which were historical, some preposterous, and some downright manipulative. Faithful recording was not their business; faith was.

  • ... faith is always an adventure.

  • Doubt is a necessity of the mind, faith of the heart.

  • [Faith] is the virtue of the storm, just as happiness is the virtue of the sunshine.

    • Ruth Benedict,
    • 1913, in Margaret Mead, An Anthropologist at Work: Writings of Ruth Benedict ()
  • Some acts of faith, I believe, have the power to grant us something infinitely wiser than what we imagine.

  • It was on Good Friday that Miss Bendix lost her faith. She had really lost it before then, but, as is often the case with losses, she did not notice that anything was missing for some time after it had gone.

  • I shall be enclosed and kept / I shall be very secure / Unto eternity itself ...

    • Anna Trapnel,
    • 1657, in Antonia Fraser, The Weaker Vessel ()
  • ... possessing faith is not convenient. You still have to live it ...

  • If faith were rational, it wouldn't be — by definition — faith. Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be ... a prudent insurance policy.

  • How desperately we wish to maintain our trust in those we love! In the face of everything, we try to find reasons to trust. Because losing faith is worse than falling out of love.

  • ... faith is the subtle chain / Which binds us to the infinite; the voice / Of a deep life within, that will remain / Until we crowd it thence.

  • Faith is the new, the mysterious, the surprising. Nobody has ever been there before.

  • Faith is a process of leaping into the abyss not on the basis of any certainty about where we shall land, but rather on the belief that we shall land.

  • Faith is that quality or power by which the things desired become the things possessed.

  • ... when faith is supported by facts or by logic it ceases to be faith.

  • Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.

  • I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light.

  • Faith defies logic and propels us beyond hope because it is not attached to our desires. Faith is the centerpiece of a connected life. It allows us to live by the grace of invisible strands. It is a belief in a wisdom superior to our own. Faith becomes a teacher in the absence of fact.

  • Neither reproaches nor encouragements are able to revive a faith that is waning.