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Brief about William Kingdon Clifford: By info that we know William Kingdon Clifford was born at 1970-01-01. And also William Kingdon Clifford is English Mathematician.

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A little reflection will show us that every belief, even the simplest and most fundamental, goes beyond experience when regarded as a guide to our actions.

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He who truly believes that which prompts him to an action has looked upon the action to lust after it, he has committed it already in his heart.

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Every rustic who delivers in the village alehouse his slow, infrequent sentences, may help to kill or keep alive the fatal superstitions which clog his race.

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The danger to society is not merely that it should believe wrong things, though that is great enough; but that it should become credulous, and lose the habit of testing things and inquiring into them; for then it must sink back into savagery.

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If a belief is not realized immediately in open deeds, it is stored up for the guidance of the future.

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It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.

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No simplicity of mind, no obscurity of station, can escape the universal duty of questioning all that we believe.

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Nor is it that truly a belief at all which has not some influence upon the actions of him who holds it.

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Our lives our guided by that general conception of the course of things which has been created by society for social purposes.

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To know all about anything is to know how to deal with it under all circumstances.

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To sum up: it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.

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We may always depend on it that algebra, which cannot be translated into good English and sound common sense, is bad algebra.

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When an action is once done, it is right or wrong for ever; no accidental failure of its good or evil fruits can possibly alter that.

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An atmosphere of beliefs and conceptions has been formed by the labours and struggles of our forefathers, which enables us to breathe amid the various and complex circumstances of our life.

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If I steal money from any person, there may be no harm done from the mere transfer of possession; he may not feel the loss, or it may prevent him from using the money badly. But I cannot help doing this great wrong towards Man, that I make myself dishonest.

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In like manner, if I let myself believe anything on insufficient evidence, there may be no great harm done by the mere belief; it may be true after all, or I may never have occasion to exhibit it in outward acts.

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Into this, for good or ill, is woven every belief of every man who has speech of his fellows. A awful privilege, and an awful responsibility, that we should help to create the world in which posterity will live.

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Namely, we have no right to believe a thing true because everybody says so unless there are good grounds for believing that some one person at least has the means of knowing what is true, and is speaking the truth so far as he knows it.

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The harm which is done by credulity in a man is not confined to the fostering of a credulous character in others, and consequent support of false beliefs.

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The rule which should guide us in such cases is simple and obvious enough: that the aggregate testimony of our neighbours is subject to the same conditions as the testimony of any one of them.

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