Faith is the feeling of certainty or trust, a loyalty to a belief or idea. Faith can also signal conviction. Faith can mean a strong belief in God or another religious belief, or it can mean any strongly held belief or conviction. In medieval usages faith could refer to making a pledge or taking an oath. The root word is related to trusting. You can have faith in a person when you trust that they’ll be reliable, or you can have faith in a heavenly reward for living a good life.

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The problem to be faced is: how to combine loyalty to one’s own tradition with reverence for different traditions.

— Abraham Joshua Heschel

Faith is a state of openness or trust. To have faith is like when you trust yourself to the water. You don’t grab hold of the water when you swim, because if you do you will become stiff and tight in the water, and sink. You have to relax, and the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging and holding on. In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe becomes a person who has no faith at all. Instead they are holding tight. But the attitude of faith is to let go and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.

— Alan Watts

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.

— Alan Watts

Whatever there is of God in the universe, it must work itself out and express itself through us.

— Albert Einstein

In faith and hope the world will disagree,
but all mankind’s concern is charity.

— Alexander Pope

This is a call to the living,
To those who refuse to make peace with evil,
With the suffering and the waste of the world. This is a call to the human, not the perfect,
To those who know their own prejudices,
Who have no intention of becoming prisoners of their own limitations. This is a call to those who remember the dreams of their youth,
Who know what it means to share food and shelter,
The care of children and those who are troubled,
To reach beyond barriers of the past
Bringing people to communion. This is a call to the never ending spirit
Of the common man, his essential decency and integrity,
His unending capacity to suffer and endure,
To face death and destruction and to rise again
And build from the ruins of life. This is the greatest call of all
The call to a faith in people.

— Algernon Black

There is always light.
Only if we are brave enough to be it.

— Amanda Gorman

Never trust a person that doesn’t trust you… If they lack trust they don’t have faith in you. If they lack faith then they don’t esteem you highly. If they lack esteem for you than how can you expect them to treat you fairly?

— Ana Marie Velazquez

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.

— Anaïs Nin

Have Faith! Have faith in the Eternal Goodness. Believe that the core of the Universe is sound and sweet.

— Anna Garlin Spencer

I have a lot of faith. But I am also afraid a lot and have no real certainty about anything. I remembered something Father Tom had told me — that the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.

— Anne Lamott

Among us, on the other hand, ‘the righteous man lives by faith.’ Now, if you take away positive affirmation, you take away faith, for without positive affirmation nothing is believed. And there are truths about things unseen, and unless they are believed, we cannot attain to the happy life, which is nothing less than life eternal.

— Augustine of Hippo

Our faith in each other, our love for each other, our love for country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences there may be—that is our power. That’s our strength.

— Barack Obama

As men’s habits of mind differ, so that some more readily embrace one form of faith, some another, for what moves one to pray may move another to scoff, I conclude … that everyone should be free to choose for himself the foundations of his creed, and that faith should be judged only by its fruits.

— Baruch Spinoza

Faith minus vulnerability and mystery equals extremism. If you’ve got all the answers, then don’t call what you do ‘faith.’

— Brene Brown

Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.

— Christopher Hitchens

I am not a quitter. I will fight until I drop. It is just a matter of having some faith in the fact that as long as you are able to draw breath in the universe, you have a chance.

— Cicely Tyson

It is virtue, virtue, which both creates and preserves friendship. On it depends harmony of interest, permanence, fidelity.

— Cicero

I cannot be an optimist but I am a prisoner of hope.

— Cornel West

This is what I believe:
That I am I.
That my soul is a dark forest.
That my known self will never be more than a little clearing in the forest.
That gods, strange gods, come forth from the forest into the clearing of my known self, and then go back.
That I must have the courage to let them come and go.
That I will never let mankind put anything over me, but that I will try always to recognize and submit to the gods in me and the gods in other men and women.
There is my creed.

— D. H. Lawrence

Part of adult faith is being able to look truth in the eye, to take responsibility for it, and to not get stuck by the fact that it’s not an easy story.

— Danya Ruttenberg

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

— Edith Hamilton

Skepticism has never founded empires, established principles, or changed the world’s heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith.

— Edwin Hubbel Chapin

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.

— Elie Wiesel

Religion is not necessarily allied with dogma, a new kind of faith is possible, based not upon legend and tradition, not upon the authority of any book, but upon the moral nature of man.

— Felix Adler

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy

— Francis of Assisi

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.

— Frank Lloyd Wright

Faith is homesickness. Faith is a lump in the throat. Faith is less a position on than a movement toward.

— Frederick Buechner

People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Faith: not wanting to know what is true.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Faith is a commitment to live as if certain things are true, and thereby help to make them so. Faith is a commitment to live as if life is a wondrous mystery, as if life is good, as if love is divine, as if we are responsible for the well-being of those around us.

— Galen Guengrich

It is easy — terribly easy — to shake a man’s faith in himself. To take advantage of that, to break a man’s spirit, is devil’s work.

— George Bernard Shaw

Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.

— George Carlin

Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.

— Hannah Senesh

A belief is not true because it is useful.

— Henri-Frederic Amiel

The faith of free persons must tangibly make them free in a community of human dignity and equal justice.

— James Luther Adams, A Faith for the Free

Above all is the centrality of love at the heart of vulnerable faith. Vulnerability will thrive only where love abounds—a love that is generous, gracious, patient, compassionate, humble, curious, joyful, and full of hope. In the absence of fear and the bondage it inflicts on us, love will put down roots, grow, and extend its reach far beyond our expectations or natural capacity. Love we once reserved only for those closest to us can be offered even to those who would persecute us. Enemies are transformed into sisters and brothers and friends.

— Jamie Arpin-Ricci

We slowly learn that life consists of processes as well as results, and that failure may come quite as easily from ignoring the adequacy of one’s method as from selfish or ignoble aims. We are thus brought to a conception of Democracy not merely as a sentiment which desires the well-being of all [people], nor yet as a creed which believes in the essential dignity and equality of all [people], but as that which affords a rule for living as well as a test of faith.

— Jane Addams

Hate is a faith.

— Jean-Paul Sartre, Antisemite and Jew

I have one life and one chance to make it count for something … My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.

— Jimmy Carter

I have one life and one chance to make it count for something . . . I’m free to choose what that something is, and the something I’ve chosen is my faith. Now, my faith goes beyond theology and religion and requires considerable work and effort. My faith demands — this is not optional — my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.

— Jimmy Carter

Unthinking faith is a curious offering to be made to the creator of the human mind.

— John A. Hutchinson

Humanism is the creed of those who believe that in the circle of enwrapping mystery, men’s fates are in their own hands, a faith that for modern man is becoming the only possible faith.

— John Galsworthy

You must never, ever give out. We must keep the faith because we are one people. We are brothers and sisters. We all live in the same house: The American house.

— John Lewis

If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.

— John Paul Jones

To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny.

— Joseph Addison

Faith in God means believing absolutely in something with no proof whatsoever. Faith in humanity means believing absolutely in something with a huge amount of proof to the contrary. We are the true believers.

— Joss Whedon
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