A faith is something you die for, a doctrine is something you kill for. There is all the difference in the world.
Author: Tony Benn (1925)
Profession: British Labor Politician
The American doctrinaire is the converse of the American demagogue, and, in this way, is scarcely less injurious to the public. The first deals in poetry, the last in cant. He is as much a visionary on one side, as the extreme theoretical democrat is a visionary on the other.
Author: James F. Cooper (1789-1851)
Profession: American Novelist
The greatest horrors in the history of mankind are not due to the ambition of the Napoleons or the vengeance of the Agamemnons, but to the doctrinaire philosophers. The theories of the sentimentalist Rousseau inspired the integrity of the passionless Robespierre. The cold-blooded calculations of Karl Marx led to the judicial and business-like operations of the Cheka.
Author: Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)
Profession: British Occultist
It was then that I began to look into the seams of your doctrine. I wanted only to pick at a single knot; but when I had got that undone, the whole thing raveled out. And then I understood that it was all machine-sewn.
Author: Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)
Profession: Norwegian Dramatist
A striking feature of moral and political argument in the modern world is the extent to which it is innovators, radicals, and revolutionaries who revive old doctrines, while their conservative and reactionary opponents are the inventors of new ones.
Author: Alasdair Chalmers Macintyre
A doctrinaire is a fool but an honest man.
Author: Lord Melbourne (1779-1848)
Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister
A doctrine serves no purpose in itself, but it is indispensable to have one if only to avoid being deceived by false doctrines.
Author: Simone Weil (1910-1943)
Profession: French Philosopher, Mystic