No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, could ever compel the soul of man to believe or to disbelieve: it is his own indefeasible light, that judgment of his; he will reign and believe there by the grace of God alone! CarlyleHeroes and Hero Worship. Lecture IV.
They believedfaith, Im puzzledI think I may call Their belief a believing in nothing at all, Or something of that sort; I know they all went For a general union of total dissent. LowellFable for Critics. L. 851.
A man may be a heretic in the truth; and if he believe things only because his pastor says so, or the assembly so determines, without knowing other reason, though his belief be true, yet the very truth he holds becomes his heresy. MiltonAreopagitica.
Incrédules les plus crédules. Ils croient les miracles de Vespasien, pour ne pas croire ceux de Mose. The incredulous are the most credulous. They believe the miracles of Vespasian that they may not believe those of Moses. PascalPensèes. II. XVII. 120.