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Credulity Quotes

I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.

Author: Maya Angelou (1928)

Profession: African-American poet, Writer, Performer

When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.

Author: Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

Profession: Thirtieth President of the USA

Credulity is belief in slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence.

Author: Tryon Edwards (1809-1894)

Profession: American Theologian

A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly.

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865)

Profession: British Novelist

I cannot spare the luxury of believing that all things beautiful are what they seem.

Author: Fitz-Greene Halleck


Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

A certain portion of the human race has certainly a taste for being diddled.

Author: Thomas Hood (1799-1845)

Profession: British Poet and Humorist

I have all my life been on my guard against the information conveyed by the sense of hearing -- it being one of my earliest observations, the universal inclination of humankind is to be led by the ears, and I am sometimes apt to imagine that they are given to men as they are to pitchers, purposely that they may be carried about by them.

Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)

Profession: British Society Figure, Letter Writer

One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.

Author: Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

Profession: British Broadcaster

I prefer credulity to skepticism and cynicism for there is more promise in almost anything than in nothing at all.

Author: Ralph B. Perry


Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor half the evil they say of others.

Author: John Petit-Senn (1792-1870)

Profession: French Poet

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.

Author: Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Profession: British Philosopher, Mathematician, Essayist

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

The only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity.

Author: Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

Profession: British Author, Courtier

The most positive men are the most credulous.

Author: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Satirist