I don't believe in it. But I am told it works even if you don't believe in it  

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Of course not ... but I am told it works even if you don't believe in it is a dictum attributed to Niels Bohr.

Bohr supposedly gave it as reply to a visitor to his home in Tisvilde who asked him if he really believed a horseshoe above his door brought him luck, as quoted in Inward Bound : Of Matter and Forces in the Physical World (1986) by Abraham Pais, p. 210.

In most published accounts of this anecdote such was Bohr's reply to his friend, but in the earliest account thus far located, in The Interaction Between Science and Philosophy (1974) by Samuel Sambursky, p. 357, Bohr was at a friend's house and asked "Do you really believe in this?" to which his friend replied "Oh, I don't believe in it. But I am told it works even if you don't believe in it."

Variant: No, but I'm told it works even if you don't believe in it.




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