Posts Tagged ‘Belief’

These Days You Might Need To Drop That Percentage Even Further

July 2, 2019

Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.

Edgar Allan Poe, “The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether”

The “Olfactory” Of The Matter, You Might Say

September 28, 2017

Today I find myself vaguely amused at the disparity in how my Tuesday entry (which I got a variety of positive feedback regarding) was received when compared to my Wednesday entry (which went without any responses whatsoever).  I wasn’t surprised by this though.  Tuesday’s entry was deliberately positive and pithy, but I knew there was a point that could be easily overlooked, hence Wednesday’s entry.

To spell it out, to me the important part of Tuesday’s entry was “what you believe about yourself, true or not, will have the greatest effect on you.”  I’ve known wonderful people who had been convinced they were terrible people, and I’ve also known people who, if they had even an ounce of talent, they kept it hidden extremely well, but their belief in their own non-evident greatness could sustain them through anything.  It’s just . . . impressive how much belief can affect a person.

But knowing the truth about yourself will serve you better in the long run, and the fact of the matter is that sometimes the truth stinks, but it’s better to be able to smell it because otherwise you won’t know you need to change.

Be REALLY Careful What You Believe

September 27, 2017

I wanted to give an example of what I was talking about yesterday, but ideally I wanted an example that would be easily accepted by most, as well as one that didn’t involve anything potentially fatal.  Yesterday I couldn’t think of one, but today I could:

A belief that a fruit diet precludes the need to shower or bathe can have dramatic effects on personal behavior, almost as dramatic as the effect never showering or bathing can have on the behavior of others toward you.

So Be Careful What You Believe

September 26, 2017

No matter what others believe about you, what you believe about yourself, true or not, will have the greatest effect on you.

But There’s Still A LITTLE More To It Than That

April 11, 2013

Despite what is said by people whose livelihoods depend upon oversimplifying things, simply believing that you can do something does not, in and of itself, make it possible; it’s a good starting point though.

You Might Say I’ve Been “Dragon” Around A Lot Today

February 18, 2013

A long time ago I read a story about a little dragon who was told he could do anything he wanted if he just believed he could, so, believing with all his heart that he could, he tried to walk through a tree.

Judging by the bruise the dragon got in his failed attempt, however, it seemed the tree believed the dragon couldn’t more than the dragon believed he could.

Today in particular, I really know how that dragon felt.

This Makes The Point Even Better Than The Quote Itself

September 10, 2012

Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.

Attributed to Edgar Allan Poe

Also attributed to Benjamin Franklin

– Further attributed to Dinah Mulock Craik