- The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar.
1822–88 English poet and essayist: ‘Dover Beach’ (1867) l. 21
- Faith without works is dead.
: James ch. 2, v. 20
- You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
Notebooks (1912) ch. 20 1835–1902 English novelist:
- The faith that stands on authority is not faith.
Essays (1841) ‘The Over-Soul’ 1803–82 American philosopher and poet:
- The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
Poor Richard's Almanac (1758) July 1706–90 American politician, inventor, and scientist:
- And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’
And he replied:
‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.’
quoted by George VI in his Christmas broadcast, 1939
Desert (1908) ‘God Knows’ 1875–1957 English teacher and writer:
- The great act of faith is when a man decides he is not God. 1841–1935 American lawyer: letter to William James, 24 March 1907
- A man with God is always in the majority.
c.1505–72 Scottish Protestant reformer: inscription on the Reformation Monument, Geneva
- Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
Prejudices 3rd series (1922) 1880–1956 American journalist and literary critic:
- Oh Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. 1882–1945 American Democratic statesman, 32nd President 1933–45: address to the nation, D-Day, 6 June 1944
- A miracle, my friend, is an event which creates faith. That is the purpose and nature of miracles…Frauds deceive. An event which creates faith does not deceive: therefore it is not a fraud, but a miracle.
Saint Joan (1924) sc. 2 1856–1950 Irish dramatist:
- 'Tis not the dying for a faith that's so hard, Master Harry—every man of every nation has done that—'tis the living up to it that is difficult.
The History of Henry Esmond (1852) bk. 1, ch. 6 1811–63 English novelist:
- In the darkness…the sound of a man
Breathing, testing his faith
On emptiness, nailing his questions
One by one to an untenanted cross.
1913–2000 Welsh poet and clergyman: ‘Pietà’ (1966)