On Faith. From a surprising variety of sources.

People who challenge and then change the status quo do something that’s quite difficult. They overcome the resistance of people they trust, people they work for, people in their community… Faith is the unstated component in the work of a leader and I think faith is underrated… Faith leads to hope, and it overcomes fear. Faith gave our ancestors the resilience they needed to deal with the mysteries of the (pre-science) world.”

Seth Godin from Tribes.

“Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.”

Brene Brown from The Gifts of Imperfection

Jesus Christ said: “Why are ye fearful, oh ye of little faith?” So we can see we must substitute faith for fear, for fear is only inverted faith; it is faith in evil instead of good.

Florence Scovel Shinn from The Game of Life and How to Play It

“There’s a reason we refer to “leaps of faith” – because the decision to consent to any notion of divinity is a mighty jump from the rational over to the unknowable, and I don’t care how diligently scholars of every religion will try to sit you down with their stacks of books and prove to you through scripture that their faith is indeed rational; it isn’t. If faith were rational, it wouldn’t be – by definition – faith. Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch.”

Elizabeth Gilbert from Eat, Pray, Love

“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”

Voltaire

“Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.”

Mahatma Gandhi

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