"I don't believe in believing things because a one wants to."
"But why should one wish to live again, if one isn't going to?"
He did not want to hurt her, but an itch to dominate pushed him on to say:
"While one's alive one naturally wants to go on living for ever; that's part of being alive. But it probably isn't anything more."
"Don't you believe in the Bible at all, then?"
Ashurst thought: 'Now I shall really hurt her!'
"I believe in the Sermon on the Mount, because it's beautiful and good for all time."
"But don't you believe Christ was divine?"