"Men willingly believe what they wish."
Gaius Julius Caesar
(100-44 B.C.) Dictator of the Roman Republic
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 -- dmhlt, Hometown, USA      
Okay, except not always true. Eg. Used to be christian- didn't choose to stop believeing.
 -- Heather     
    I think this one is very true .. well for all others except myself of course .. only I believe just the real truth!
     -- gdgca     
    If it supports they world view and fulfills their basic needs whether it is true or not.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    Tis true -- even in the face of mountains of evidence otherwise.
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
    Well, everyone knows the old saying: "Wish in one hand, **** in the other and see which one fills up first." Self deception is easy and so are wishes, but eventually objective reality will catch up to you and in the end results matter.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    I'm with gdgca. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Men will claim to believe what they wish to believe, but they cannot actually believe what they do not truly believe no matter how much they may wish to. The statement is not true. I adamantly claimed to believe the Christian doctrine for at least 40 years before I realized I was only kidding myself as well as others. I have long contended a person cannot make himself believe what is contrary to his logic no matter how much he may want to, as I tried to do for all those years.
     -- Jack, Green, OH     
    You have a point Jack. But most do not let facts get in the way of their beliefs. As a matter of fact they will go to extremes to explain away any facts that try to get in the way. Most believe first then search for corroborating evidence, rejecting all that does not fit the preconceived mold.
     -- warren, olathe     
    yes, good statement
     -- Jack is Black     
    this is so true!! guys listen up there are times you need to admit that you're wrong and take it like a man and that's that !
     -- natalie, blackwood     
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