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Any mummery will cure if the patient's faith is strong in it.

It seems to me that a man must have faith, or must search for a faith, or his life will be empty, empty.... To live and not to know why the cranes fly, why babies are born, why there are stars in the sky.... Either you must know why you live, or everything is trivial, not worth a straw.

ANTON CHEKHOV, The Three Sisters

You know what kind of man I think you are? You're the kind of man who would stand there and smile at his torturers while they were tearing out his guts--if only he could find faith or a god.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

Faith:... that faculty which enables us to believe things which we know to be untrue.


I've never been able to understand "faith" myself, nor to see how a just God could expect his creatures to pick the one true religion out of an infinitude of false ones--by faith alone. It strikes me as a sloppy way to run an organization, whether a universe or a smaller one.

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, Stranger in a Strange Land

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