C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Unbelief is blind.


Men always grow vicious before they become unbelievers.


Doubt that creed which you cannot reduce to practice.

Hosea Ballou.

It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.

St. Augustine.

The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.


  • More strange than true. I never may believe
  • These antique fables, nor these fairy toys.
  • Shakespeare.

    A refusal to believe that God loves us is the unbelief which destroys the soul.

    E. N. Kirk.

    Faith always implies the disbelief of a lesser fact in favor of a greater.

    O. W. Holmes.

    How deeply rooted must unbelief be in our hearts when we are surprised to find our prayers answered.


    I would rather dwell in the dim fog of superstition than in air rarefied to nothing by the air-pump of unbelief.


    I know of no condition worse than that of the man who has little or no light on the supreme religious questions, and who at the same time is making no effort to come to the light.

    E. F. Burr.

    There is no strength in unbelief. Even the unbelief of what is false is no source of might. It is the truth shining from behind that gives the strength to disbelieve.

    George MacDonald.

    Surely scripture is right when it makes the sin of sins that unbelief, which is at bottom nothing else than a refusal to take the cup of salvation. Surely no sharper grief can be inflicted upon the Spirit of God than when we leave His gifts neglected and unappropriated.

    Alexander Maclaren.

    At the conscious approach of death, faith in the biblical religion, with its God and Christ and written revelation, never weakens, but almost or quite always strengthens, and very often advances to a splendid assurance; while unbelief under the same circumstances never strengthens, but almost or quite always weakens and falters, and very often fails utterly.

    E. F. Burr.

    There is but one thing without honor, smitten with eternal barrenness, inability to do or to be—insincerity, unbelief. He who believes nothing, who believes only the shows of things, is not in relation with nature and fact at all.