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Charles Sanders Peirce

Every new concept first comes to the mind in a judgment.

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All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite.

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The entire universe is perfused with signs, if it is not composed exclusively of signs.

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It is impossible not to envy the man who can dismiss reason, although we know how it must turn out at last.

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Bad reasoning as well as good reasoning is possible; and this fact is the foundation of the practical side of logic.

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The essence of belief is the establishment of a habit; and different beliefs are distinguished by the different modes of action to which they give rise.

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Generality is, indeed, an indispensable ingredient of reality; for mere individual existence or actuality without any regularity whatever is a nullity. Chaos is pure nothing.

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It will sometimes strike a scientific man that the philosophers have been less intent on finding out what the facts are, than on inquiring what belief is most in harmony with their system.

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The final upshot of thinking is the exercise of volition, and of this thought no longer forms a part; but belief is only a stadium of mental action, an effect upon our nature due to thought, which will influence future thinking.

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Doubt is an uneasy and dissatisfied state from which we struggle to free ourselves and pass into the state of belief; while the latter is a calm and satisfactory state which we do not wish to avoid, or to change to a belief in anything else.

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