"Our reason is quite satisfied, in nine hundred
and ninety-nine cases out of every thousand of us, if it can find a few
arguments that will do to recite in case our credulity is criticised by
some one else. Our faith is faith in some one else's faith, and in the
greatest matters this is most the case.
Our belief in truth itself, for instance, that there is a truth, and that our minds and it are made for each other, what is it but a passionate affirmation of desire, in which our social system backs us up? " - William James, The Will to Believe, 1896.