I may believe
that Columbus crossed the Atlantic, that all Cretans are liars, that two and two are four, or that nine times six is fifty-six; in all these cases the believing is just the same, and only the contents believed are different.
"Why, it proves that you believe
with your generation.
"Had I been so unhappy as not to believe
in him until now," said Monte Cristo, "I must believe
on seeing you." Caderousse raised his clinched hands towards heaven.
Too well, also, do I know what they themselves most believe
them to be stronger than I have declared; believe
them, in short, to be such as his merit, and the suspicion--the hope of his affection for me may warrant, without imprudence or folly.
If you ask me what kind of wisdom, I reply, wisdom such as may perhaps be attained by man, for to that extent I am inclined to believe
that I am wise; whereas the persons of whom I was speaking have a superhuman wisdom which I may fail to describe, because I have it not myself; and he who says that I have, speaks falsely, and is taking away my character.
We are acquainted, I believe
," said Alexey Alexandrovitch indifferently, giving his hand.
Whether he accepted the wise reasoning contained in the Mason's words, or believed as a child believes
, in the speaker's tone of conviction and earnestness, or the tremor of the speaker's voice- which sometimes almost broke- or those brilliant aged eyes grown old in this conviction, or the calm firmness and certainty of his vocation, which radiated from his whole being (and which struck Pierre especially by contrast with his own dejection and hopelessness)- at any rate, Pierre longed with his whole soul to believe
and he did believe
, and felt a joyful sense of comfort, regeneration, and return to life.
Your connection with Scotland Yard ended, I believe
, some time ago.
None of the country people round here, your own people, believe
anything evil about you.
'You are neither of you worthy of a broken heart, - nor of all the sighs, and tears, and sorrowful thoughts that have been, and I fear will be, wasted upon you both; but, at present, each has a more exalted opinion of the other than, I fear, he or she deserves; and my sister's feelings are naturally full as keen as yours, and I believe
more constant; but she has the good sense and fortitude to strive against them in this particular; and I trust she will not rest till she has entirely weaned her thoughts - ' he hesitated.
This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe
in new things until they have had a long experience of them.