The remedy for the present threatened decay of faith is not a more stalwart creed or a more unflinching acceptance of it, but a profoundly spiritual life.
More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing in nothing, than by believing too much.
The more gross the fraud, the more glibly will it go down and the more greedily will it be swallowed, since folly will always find faith wherever impostors will find impudence.
Your noblest natures are most credulous.
Charles the Second, hearing Vossius, a celebrated free-thinker, repeating some incredible stories about the Chinese, said, " This is a very strange man. He believes everything but the Bible!"
Beyond all credulity is the credulousness of atheists, who believe that chance could make the world, when it cannot build a house.
It is a curious paradox that precisely in proportion to our own intellectual weakness, will be our credulity as to the mysterious powers assumed by others.
Generous souls are still most subject to credulity.
Credulity is belief on slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence. In this sense it is the infidel, not the believer, who is credulous. "The simple," says Solomon, "believeth every word."
I cannot spare the luxury of believing that all things beautiful are what they seem.
O credulity, thou hast as many ears as fame has tongues, open to every sound of truth, as falsehood.
Credulity is the common failing of inexperienced virtue; and he who is spontaneously suspicious may justly be charged with radical corruption.
Some men are bigoted in politics, who are infidels in religion.—Ridiculous credulity!
We believe at once in evil, we only believe in good upon reflection.—Is not this sad?
The most positive men are the most credulous, since they most believe themselves, and advise most with their falsest flatterer and worst enemy,—their own self-love.
To take for granted as truth all that is alleged against the fame of others, is a species of credulity that men would blush at on any other subject.
The only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity.
The general goodness which is nourished in noble hearts, makes everyone think that strength of virtue to be in another whereof they find assured foundation in themselves.
As credulity is a more peaceful possession of the mind than curiosity, so preferable is that wisdom which converses about the surface, to that pretended philosophy which enters into the depth of things, and then comes back gravely with the informations and discoveries that in the inside they are good for nothing.
You believe easily that which you hope for earnestly.
Credulity is perhaps a weakness, almost inseparable from eminently truthful characters.