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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.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
The credulity of dupes is as inexhaustible as the invention of knaves.
- Edmund Burke
What the light of your mind, which is the direct inspiration of the Almighty, pronounces incredible, that, in God's name, leave uncredited. At your peril do not try believing that!
- Thomas Carlyle
Your noblest natures are most credulous.
- George Chapman
The most imaginative people are the most credulous, for them everything is possible.
- Alexander Chase
In all places, and in all times, those religionists who have believed too much have been more inclined to violence and persecution than those who have believed too little.
- Charles Caleb Colton
It is a curious paradox that precisely in proportion to our own intellectual weakness will be our credulity, to those mysterious powers assumed by others; and in those regions of darkness and ignorance where man cannot effect even those things that are within the power of man, there we shall ever find that a blind belief in feats that are far beyond those powers has taken the deepest root in the minds of the deceived, and produced the richest harvest to the knavery of the deceiver.
- Charles Caleb Colton
When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.
- Calvin Coolidge
Are still most subject to credulity.
- Sir William D'Avenant
We believe at once in evil; we only believe in good upon reflection. Is not this sad?
- Dorothee DeLuzy
If two things don't fit, but you believe both of them, thinking that somewhere, hidden, there must be a third thing that connects them, that's credulity.
- Umberto Eco
Credulity is belief in slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence.
- Tryon Edwards
What believer sees a disturbing omission or infelicity? The text, whether of prophet or of poet, expands for whatever we can put into it; and even his bad grammar is sublime.
- George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)
Fear, if it be not immoderate, puts a guard about us that does watch and defend us; but credulity keeps us naked, and lays us open to all the sly assaults of ill-intending men: it was a virtue when man was in his innocence; but since his fall, it abuses those that own it.
- Owen Felltham (Feltham)
A man must have a good deal of vanity who believes, and a good deal of boldness who affirms, that all the doctrines he holds are true, and all he rejects are false.
- Benjamin Franklin
O credulity, thou hast as many ears as fame has tongues, open to every sound of truth as of falsehood.
- William Havard
Quick believers need broad shoulders.
- George Herbert
The credulity of the church is decreasing, and the most marvelous miracles are not either "explained," allowed to take refuge behind the mistakes of the translators, or hide in the drapery of allegory.
- Robert Green Ingersoll
Credulity is the common failing of inexperienced virtue; and he who is spontaneously suspicious may justly be charged with radical corruption.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
When credulity comes from the heart it does no harm to the intellect.
- Joseph Joubert
Superstition is certainly not the characteristic of this age. Yet some men are bigoted in politics olio are infidels in religion. Ridiculous credulity!
- Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)
We believe easily what we fear of what we desire.
- Jean de la Fontaine
Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.
- Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)
It is as wise to moderate our belief as our desires.
- Walter Savage Landor
To be deceived by our enemies and betrayed by our friends is not to be borne; yet are we often content to be served so by ourselves.
- Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
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