Quotes of Doubt

“ Doubt 'til thou canst doubt no more...doubt is thought and thought is life. Systems which end doubt are devices for drugging thought. ”

- Albert Guerard

“ There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking. ”

- Alfred Korzybski

“ A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory. ”

- Arthur Golden

“ I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ Doubt whom you will, but never yourself. ”

- Christine Bovee

“ Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt. ”

- Clarence Darrow

“ To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. ”

- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

“ Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them. ”

- Peter Ustinov

“ If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. ”

- Rene Descartes

“ I show you doubt, to prove that faith exists. ”

- Robert Browning

“ To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting. ”

- Stanislaw Leszczynski

“ Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. ”

- Voltaire

“ Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win By fearing to attempt. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education. ”

- Wilson Mizner

“ Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; The thief doth fear each bush an officer. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ To teach how to live with uncertainty, yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy can do. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is — it is her shadow. ”

- Philip James Bailey

“ When unhappy, one doubts everything; when happy, one doubts nothing. ”

- Joseph Roux

“ Doubt indulged soon becomes doubt realized. ”

- Frances Ridley Havergal

“ The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. ”

- Andre Gide

“ Hesitation before birth. If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth. ”

- Franz Kafka

“ When a thing has been said, and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it. ”

- Anatole France

“ Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase. ”

- William Congreve

“ I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means. ”

- Clarence Darrow

“ The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything, and the young know everything. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words, you are the hero of your own story. ”

- Mary McCarthy

“ Most people, no doubt, when they espouse human rights, make their own mental reservations about the proper application of the word "human.". ”

- Suzanne La Follette
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