301. This I Believe
Hilda Yoder describes how she used to emphasize marriage and financial security, only to lose both her husband and home; she describes how she found purpose and healing in serving others; and she states her beliefs in virtues of kindness, forgiveness, simplicity, and humilty that are still practiced by children (and should be practiced by adults).
302. This I Believe
Harry Boyd discusses curiosity and how it is important to development and progress, and, despite failures, why he always makes his best effort at success.
303. This I Believe
David J. Winton describes his faith in the future, his belief that material gains do not yield lasting satisfaction, his belief in the potential of people to achieve greatness, and his advice for focusing on the present rather than dwelling on past failures.
304. This I Believe
Louis Wehle describes the concept of spiritual perfection, and while this goal may be unattainable, the pursuit is worthwhile, and this is the only effort that can give true and enduring satisfaction.
305. This I Believe
Elinor Gene Hoffman describes her belief in what Quakers call the "inner light," and how that belief led her to give up an unsatisfying career in theatre to pursue the "inner light" more fully.
306. This I Believe
Goodrich White describes the death of his son, and the immense grief of his wife, and his subsquent struggle with doubt and ultimate belief in God and life after death.
307. This I Believe
Harry Dietrich describes how his family background, his teachers, and the tools and techniques invented by doctors of previous generations have all equipped him to achieve healing more effectively than ever before, and his belief that his responsibility is to help dispel fear in his patients.
308. This I Believe
Ronald Kurtz, Electronic Technician in the United States Navy, describes many of his beliefs; his optimism for the future, the value of courage, the beauty of nature and God, reasons for his sentimnetal nature, and his connection to family.
309. This I Believe
Dr. Edgar Worthington, Secretary general of the Scientific Council of Africa, describes his belief in the mutability of beliefs and how his personal beliefs eveolved out of traditional religious dogma into a wider appreciation for nature and beauty and principles irrespective of doctrine. He also describes his perspective of Africa as an European immigrant to the country.
310. This I Believe
Walter Rothschild, President of Abraham & Straus, describes his belief in the need to allow human beings to develop their unique potential, the necessity of helping others, the importance of discipline, and the need to guide rather than dominate chidren; finally, he describes the contentment he derives from sailing at sea.
311. This I Believe
Madge Whitney describes how children's social work brings purpose to her life.
312. This I Believe
Lawrence Schoonover describes his experiment with ethics in his youth and his questioning of the relevance of the Ten Commandments. He then recounts the awareness of his mistake and how he lives by them and raises his children according to them.
313. This I Believe
Mrs. Palmer describes the environment in which she grew up and the values and faith she acquired as a result, and why this faith might help others navigate through a confusing and "unpredictable era."
314. This I Believe
Uday Shankar describes his belief that his own career path was a result of God's all-powerful will, and that his talents (and those of others) are God's creative force manifest through him.
315. This I Believe
Poetry editor of The American Friend, E. Merrill Root describes an experience of crossing the Atlantic under threat of submarine attack, and realizing, in the midst of fear, that life contains incredible beauty.
316. This I Believe
George Beitzel describes the need for the individual to live a christian life and how this will result in greater peace and happiness throught out the world.
317. This I Believe
George Killion remembers his father and the beliefs his farther imparted to him: compassion, respect for others, and adherence to the Golden Rule. George Killion remembers his father and the beliefs his farther imparted to him: compassion, respect for others, and adherence to the Golden Rule.
318. This I Believe
Boris Pregel, President of Canadian Radium and Uranium Corporation, relates some of his experiences in Europe up to World War II to explain why charity, altruism and selflessness areso vital to his personal beliefs and adds that it is also important to live by ones beliefs to maintain dignity.
319. This I Believe
Clarence Pickett describes his experience in the Korean War during negotiations and how a meditation center highlighted the common humanity in all sides, and all people.
320. This I Believe
Stanley Unwin describes his beliefs in tolerance, reverance, beauty, liberty, justice, law, progress (despite some adjustments caused by WWI), and the happiness that can be found through work prompted by love of something.
321. This I Believe
Julie Bishop (born Jacqueline Wells) describes her belief in the efficacy of prayer, and recounts a childhood experience in which she asked God to help her learn how to ice skate.
322. This I Believe
Arthur Dodineau, superintendent of Detroit Public Schools, talks about the foundational experiences he had as a boy growing up on a farm in rural Michigan, and his faith in teachers, religion and the future of the United States.
323. This I Believe
Edward Toland describes how his experiences with a French mobile field hospital in WWI changed his perspective and led him to become a teacher after the war, and he describes his belief that loving humanity by practicing the Golden Rule is the best way in which to love God.
324. This I Believe
Robert Cleland, head of the Research Group of the Huntington Library, describes a time in his life in which he was distraught and took a trip along the Colorado river with friends. The beauty he saw during the trip, Robert Cleland says, reinspired his life and faith.
325. This I Believe
Edwin Lukas speaks about the importance of tolerance and respect for other people, cultures and races and the negative impact prejudice can have on an individual and a community.
326. This I Believe
E. E. Wieman explains the importance of sharing in life and how sharing is exemplified in sports; however, Wieman also describes how learned to share from his mother, which is the basis of his optimism.
327. This I Believe
Frank Koegler, Executive Vice President of Doehler-Jarvis, describes how he was forced to accept responsibility at an early age because of the death of his father, and how he came to view responsibility as a privilege rather than an obligation.
328. This I Believe
Alfred Nilson describes how, as a harvester in California, the only way to keep his balance while traveling on foot along the railroad ties was to focus his eyes on the distance, and he explains how this lesson in farsightedness has helped him to balance the rest of his life.
329. This I Believe
Alfred Benesch, member of the Cleveland Board of Education, describes the inspiration for his dedication to his community and some of the rewards in addition to why it is important for him and other people to engage in social and community service to.
330. This I Believe
Kenneth Boulding explains that as a quaker and an economist he understands that pure scientific knowledge is important but meaningless if unaccompanied by an appreciation for the intuitive and spiritual side of life, which he experiecnes through prayer and contemplation.
331. This I Believe
Dorothy Thomas explains why she feels it is important to find a balance in life that allows one to be happy and appreciative of life and lists the many simple pleasures she finds in life that make her happy.
332. This I Believe
Gillie Potter states his belief in the power of wit and "foolishness" to communicate truth, and describes his belief that his task is to bring merriness back to a modern zeitgeist that is currently devoid of humor.
333. This I Believe
Lord Kemsley describes his beliefs in the importance of family life, home-made entertainment, and self-reliance.
334. This I Believe
Robert Boothby discusses the incomprehensibility of life and the Universe and describes his efforts to improve society and life through politics and economics.
335. This I Believe
Steuart Wilson describes the search for truth and why a love for the truth must also be accompanied by the will to act on deeply felt convictions.
336. This I Believe
Leonard Simons describes his beliefs that satisfaction comes from helping others, that the list of charitable organizations he has helped is just as important as his list of paying clients, that he is fortunate to live a useful life, that any money beyond what is needed for his family's security is devoted to helping others, and that serving others is troublesome, but a source of fun, as well.
337. This I Believe
Stanley Isaacs talks about his dedication and enthusiasm for politics and civic engagement and expresses how his faith in judaism supports his beliefs in democratic values like liberty and individuality.
338. This I Believe
Dr. Subodh Chandra Roy describes how his life changed when he became blind at age seven, and states his belief that suffering can cause personal growth.
339. This I Believe
Col. Ralph K. Strassman describes his belief in the importance of human beings, and the enduring persistence of human personality, despite the failures and fears of the present age.
340. This I Believe
Robb Sagendorph, publisher of "Yankee" magazine and the "Old Farmer's Almanac", describes how his beliefs have deepened since he was young, and states his beliefs that humans are made significant because of their relationship to God, that life is everlasting, and that children have a closer understanding of life than adults.
341. This I Believe
Sidney Wallach describes his belief in the golden mean, reasonableness, democracy, and the protection of the minority, especially the individual.
342. This I Believe
Harry Levenson relates his experience as a musician to the struggles of people in the world and explains his belief that doing ones best and appreciating the the individual as a perosn can guide us towards a peaceful future.
343. This I Believe
Everett Case describes his belief in Socrates' "examined life," and the role of the humanities in helping an individual discern and protect justice.
344. This I Believe
Antonio Iglesias describes how his three ideals--the search for truth, a love for beauty, and a reverence for goodness--have offered him strength, certainty and motivation to pursue life despite depression, physical handicaps, suffering, loneliness, and moral indifference.
345. This I Believe
H.C. Carlson, director of Men's Student Health Service and Varsity Basketball Coach at the University of Pittsburgh, describes the rewards he experiences through serving others and accomplishing simple tasks, and states his belief that the people with whom he comes into contact deserve the best he has to offer them.
346. This I Believe
Henderson Suplee talks about the importance of opportunity in life and achieving harmony.
347. This I Believe
Jack Lutz describes his belief in the three dimensions of life: height, or success; breadth, or education and culture; and depth, or faith.
348. This I Believe
George Vierheller describes his beliefs in the importance of individual achievement, self-improvement, service to others, family, and friendship.
349. This I Believe
Paul Moser remembers the order and discipline expected of him as a child, and how the virtue of work can be applied to society, guided by Christian values, to create order out of a chaotic and confusing world.
350. This I Believe
Mae E. Andrews describes how her faith in God sustained her during the death of her sister from cancer.
351. This I Believe
Jean Hersholt describes his belief that human relationships are "problems of arithmetic"--where there are few people, individuals realize their responsibility to help their neighbors, but in crowded areas, the responsibility is passed along to someone else--and he notes that the world would be a better place if people remembered that they were in fact neighbors.
352. This I Believe
Wilfred Penfield, Rhodes scholar, professor of neurology at McGill University and director of the Montreal Neurological Institute, describes his feeling of purpose and destiny when his boat was torpedoed during World War I and the relationship between science and religion.
353. This I Believe
Viola Livingston describes the influence her grandmother had on her beliefs in courage, faith, integrity, honor, service, and love of others; and she explains how these beliefs influenced her decision to go to Korea with the Department of the Army.
354. This I Believe
John Cornelius describes the two sayings that have stayed with him, "All things are great and small by comparison" and "service is the rent we pay for the space we occupy," and concludes by emphasizing the importance of supporting and educating youth to fight Communism.
355. This I Believe
Paul French, Executive Director of Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe (CARE Inc), remembers the lasting impression his mothers words, "Youll never be able to fool thyself, and Take thy job seriously but never thyself made on him and the affect these sentiments had on his life to obey his conscience, respect people and help others.
356. This I Believe
Roger Williams describes his belief that the modern age needs to balance its achievements in science and technology with wisdom and the foresight to anticipate the impact that innovations will have upon daily living.
357. This I Believe
Babara Wachner describes her belief that she can "pay in advance" for life's rewards, that hardships ultimately lead to happiness and that blessings can be met without fear of loss, because they have already been earned.
358. This I Believe
Laura Crandon of the Horace Mann School for the Deaf states her belief that the world's problems could be addressed if individuals viewed humanity as an interconnected society in which each individual has a part to play.
359. This I Believe
Gerald Heard describes his perspectives on moral laws and the freedoms we must obtain to achieve true contentment in our life, free of fears and anxiety.
360. This I Believe
Guy West recounts how he first became aware of the immense size of the universe, and describes his beliefs in a God who designed and provides purpose for that universe.
361. This I Believe
Charles Hires, Chairman of the board of the Charles E. Hires Company of Philadelphia, tells of his habit to throw himself into work and cut off relationships in response to the death of his wife and the realization that he was doing so in error and that happiness comes through helping and interacting with others.
362. This I Believe
Lucile Watson recounts her childhood discovery of the knowledge that she could change herself for the better, and, after successes with simple things such as maintaining her hair and quitting nail-biting, she developed a philosophy for life, including a belief that God was in everything and made everything.
363. This I Believe
Carl Byers, Superintendent of Parma City Schools, describes his beliefs in using intelligent change to create an optimistic future and in living his life in a way that makes others happy to see him come rather than glad to see him go.
364. This I Believe
Director of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce, Ben Wooten, describe his belief that a divine designer rewards the hard work of individuals devoted to a worthy cause, and describes how, despite being the son of poor Texan farmers, he succeeded in his career choice as a banker.
365. This I Believe
Asa Call describes his beliefs in moral and spiritual laws that, like the physical laws of nature, must be discovered and followed in order to succeed in life.
366. This I Believe
Van Horn Ely, Jr., explains his belief in the goodness of people and his efforts, based on the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments, to be open and honest in all of his interactions with other people.
367. This I Believe
Mary Draper, a meber on the boards of Brooklyn Bureau of Social Service, Children's Aid Society, and Long Island University Hospital, describes her belief in equality and change as a positive force in the world and peoples lives, positive change she has seen in people through her work and she hopes for changes in the world that will bring peace and progress.
368. This I Believe
Eliza Thayer observes how fortunate she has been in life to underscore her beliefs in the importance of love in one's life and why love assures her in the existence of life after death.
369. This I Believe
Alice Holloway, founder of Ideas Unlimited, desribes the influence her grandmother and father have had on her beliefs and her certainty that kindness and service to others in need is the kindness that comes from a deeply spiritual and selfless place in people.
370. This I Believe
Melanie Kreuzer describes the responsibilities that come with parenthood and community service.
371. This I Believe
Howard McKinney describes growing up in an urban city (Pittsburgh) and explains that, because of the influence of a Sunday School teacher he directed his life away from crime, he feels compelled to offer similar opportunities to Pittsburgh's youth today.
372. This I Believe
Lord Brabazon describes his beliefs that a divine, omnipotent Jesus is also an individual's personal link to God, that Jesus visited England, that merit should be based on intelligence or character rather than birth, that extraterrestial life does not exist, that humans have and must take responsibility for their free will, and that the English-speaking perspective and moral code is the best yet produced.
373. This I Believe
Joseph Burk tells of a moment during a football game when his coach made him understand that he could do anything he wanted if he desired it enough and was prepared to work for it.
374. This I Believe
Thomas Boushall describes how, despite diagnoses to the contrary, he survived both mastoiditis and tuberculosis, and developed the belief that his life was a gift to be used to serve God and others.
375. This I Believe
E.W. Jackson describes his belief in the pursuit of unattainable perfection, the importance of sacrifice, and the responsibility that comes with faith.
376. This I Believe
Marie Neal-Martin, Editor and publisher of the Western Reserve Democrat, describes how she inherited from her mother and grandmother her beliefs in people, the Golden Rule, her country, and God by describing her mother's attitude in adversity and her grandmother's life after the Civil War.
377. This I Believe
Carlos Romulo describes his belief in being true to himself despite the cost, exemplified by his inability to be with his family while he operated the broadcast Voice of Freedom during WWII and in his decision to withdraw his candidacy for president of the Philippines in order to help a candidate who shared his values win the election.
378. This I Believe
Robert Morrow describes being raised by a single mother and finding happiness in simple things, hard work, creative endeavors, and the goodness and generosity of others, despite the loss of a teenage son.
379. This I Believe
Werner Herbert, Head of Werner Textile Consultants, would like to add an eleventh commandment; to be kind to everyone. He also explains why kindess is important and how followinf this commandment has positively affected his life.
380. This I Believe
Mischa Richter describes his youth and early career as an artist and the importance of generosity and humor.
381. This I Believe
Susan Savage talks about the impact the death of her mother had on her and her beliefs.
382. This I Believe
Wilfred Pickles talks about his faith in the "common man" and that it is the work of these people that make a difference in the world.
383. This I Believe
Carr Liggett describes his belief that Jesus' Gospel is the way to happiness, and his uncertainities regarding the faith of his parents, as well as his beliefs in the importance of freedom, in accepting life and the world as we find it, and in tolerating and understanding others.
384. This I Believe
Howard Henderson describes how a series of failures and challenges during his early life and career revealed to him an inner strength and resiliance, and describes his belief that a person's strength comes from being part of a greater whole - family, community, world, or God.
385. This I Believe
Susan Savage talks about the impact the death of her mother had on her and her beliefs.
386. This I Believe
Louis Miller, director of the Jewish Memorial Hospital in New York City, remembers the important lesson he learned from his mother, to always help those in need, and describes how this led him to a career in hospital administration.
387. This I Believe
Signe Hasso tells the parable of a painter attempting to create his masterpiece to describe her belief in the importance of refraining from judgement since it is impossible to know and understand the complicated events that bring a person to any moment or place in their life.
388. This I Believe
Burton Fowler states that the fundamental principles of his beliefs--God, Jesus Christ, and the brotherhood of humanity--derive from his early years on an upstate New York farm.
389. This I Believe
David Schoenbrun talks about his introduction to Descartes and Philosophy; the importance of doubting and questioning to liberty and his life; and how, contrary to assumption, his doubt is based on and strengthens his faith and spirituality.
390. This I Believe
Galen Jones, an official in the Office of Education of the Federal Security Agency, describes his belief in the digity of human personality, in the existence of free will, and in the responsibility of individuals to make their own choices in life.
391. This I Believe
Fannie Hurst talks about the example her husband set of how to live a selfless life, and her belief that many such lights of selfless living--though small--can together illuminate an entire arena in the world.
392. This I Believe
Edith Nelson talks about learning the Golden rule early in life, the impact teaching has had on her life and the importance of kindness, friends and families when struggling through adversity.
393. This I Believe
Alex Osborn describes his belief in the power of creative imagination and ideas, and his satisfaction in teaching others how to capitilize on their "most priceless possession" (creative imagination) as well.
394. This I Believe
Richard Crooks recounts the impact that simple encouragement can have on a young singer's life, and describes his beliefs drawn from choral works: that there is a king whose reign is eternal, that all men are brothers, and that those who seek shall find.
395. This I Believe
Gant Gaither describes his belief in his responsibility to serve God and others, his love for the underdog, and his responsibility to always do his best.
396. This I Believe
Sir Gerald Barry, Director General of the Festival of Britain, talks about the changes in the world after World War II, his relationship to christianity and his belief that there is no life after death and so one must appreciate and live one's own life to the fullest extent.
397. This I Believe
Irving Fineman reads his poem, "For a Child" and explains why he feels it is a parents duty to create a better world and why to do so one needs science and faith together.
398. This I Believe
Ned Dearborn, president of the National Safety Council and former dean of the Division of General Education at New York University, talks about the importance of faith in overcoming adversity and describes the many things in which he places faith, such as religion, the goodness of people, himself, and he concludes by describing his faith in faith itself.
399. This I Believe
Paul Williams describes his belief that what makes humans different from animals is their ability to communicate, exchange ideas, form opinions, and reach judgements--characteristics which support the progress of civilization.
400. This I Believe
Dain Domich describes how momentos from his work with the Junior Commerce (a Bible and American flag) remind him of his belief that faith in God is what provides meaning to life, and his belief in American freedom and democracy.