Better to Believe and Be Wrong Than Not Believe Anything

He who says “Better to go without belief forever than believe a lie!” merely shows his own preponderant private horror of becoming a dupe. . . . It is like a general informing his soldiers that it is better to keep out of battle forever than to risk a single wound. Not so are victories either over enemies or over nature gained. Our errors are surely not such awfully solemn things. In a world where we are so certain to incur them in spite of all our caution, a certain lightness of heart seems healthier than this excessive nervousness on their behalf.


If you believe a thing and are wrong, you can improve your beliefs in light of new evidence.

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 The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy, and Human Immortality
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  James , William (2011-01-01), The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy, and Human Immortality, Publishing, Retrieved on 2013-10-24
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