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Certainty Quotes

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If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

Sir Francis Bacon , The Oxford Francis Bacon IV: The Advancement of Learning

I like the scientific spirit—the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to surrender ideas when the evidence is against them: this is ultimately fine—it always keeps the way beyond open—always gives life, thought, affection, the whole man, a chance to try over again after a mistake—after a wrong guess.

Whalt Whitman , Walt Whitman's Camden Conversations

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In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

Bertrand Russell

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.

Charles Darwin , The Descent of Man

To learn which questions are unanswerable, and
not to answer them
: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.

Ursula K. Le Guin , The Left Hand of Darkness

I believe in intuitions and inspirations...I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do not KNOW that I am.

Albert Einstein

A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.

Rudyard Kipling , Plain Tales from the Hills

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A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.

Joseph Rudyard Kipling

Let go of certainty. The opposite isn't uncertainty. It's openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.

Tony Schwartz

I imagine that the intelligent people are the ones so intelligent that they don't even need or want to look 'intelligent' anymore.

Criss Jami

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure.

H.L. Mencken

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...but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

Benjamin Franklin

In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence.
A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence

David Hume , An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

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

Bertrand Russell

Feeling lost, crazy and desperate belongs to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason.

Alain de Botton

I act with complete certainty. But this certainty is my own.

Ludwig Wittgenstein , On Certainty

, adj.: Mistaken at the top of one's voice.

Ambrose Bierce An Arrest , The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

I'm a girl."
When Deryn opened her eyes, the lady boffin was staring at her with no change of expression.
"Indeed," she said.
Deryn's mouth feel open. "You mean you...Did you barking
"I had no idea at all. But I make it a policy never to appear surprised." Dr. Barlow sighed, staring out the window. "Though on this occasion, it is proving rather more demanding than usual. A girl, you say? And you're quite certain?

Scott Westerfeld

My peak? Would I even have one? I hardly had had anything you could call a life. A few ripples. some rises and falls. But that's it. Almost nothing. Nothing born of nothing. I'd loved and been loved, but I had nothing to show. It was a singularly plain, featureless landscape. I felt like I was in a video game. A surrogate Pacman, crunching blindly through a labyrinth of dotted lines. The only certainty was my death.

Haruki Murakami , ダンス・ダンス・ダンス [Dansu, dansu, dansu]

It (trying to keep the law) grants you the power to judge others and feel superior to them. You believe you are living to a higher standard than those you judge. Enforcing rules, especially in its more subtle expressions like responsibility and expectation, is a vain attempt to create certainty out of uncertainty. And contrary to what you might think, I have a great fondness for uncertainty. Rules cannot bring freedom; they only have the power to accuse.

William Paul Young , The Shack

At the core of all well-founded belief lies belief that is unfounded.

Ludwig Wittgenstein , On Certainty

The devil's happy when the critics run you off.

Criss Jami

If you do not know where you come from, then you don't know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you're going. And if you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.

Terry Pratchett

There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.

Robert Burns , Collected Poems of Robert Burns

Sometimes when persons say
it sounds actually less true.

Emma Donoghue

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Sometimes when persons say definitely it sounds actually less true.

Emma Donoghue

...Granny Weatherwax, who had walked nightly without fear in the bandit-haunted forests of the mountains all her life in the certain knowledge that the darkness held nothing more terrible than she was...

Terry Pratchett

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Napolean Hill , Think and Grow Rich

He felt that he was still groping in the dark; he had chosen his path but kept looking back, wondering whether he had misread the signs, whether he should not have taken the other way.

J.K Rowling , Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

If you tried to doubt everything you would not get as far as doubting anything. The game of doubting itself presupposes certainty.

Ludwig Wittgenstein , On Certainty

I don’t know what to do, he said. No harm in that. I’ve never known what to do, said Rincewind with hollow cheerfulness. Been completely at a loss my whole life. He hesitated. I think it’s called being human, or something.

Terry Pratchett

The human spirit glows from that small inner light of doubt whether we are right, while those who believe with certainty that they possess the right are dark inside and darken the world outside with cruelty, pain, and injustice.

Saul D. Alinsky , Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals

We ought to regard the present state of the universe as the effect of its antecedent state and as the cause of the state that is to follow. An intelligence knowing all the forces acting in nature at a given instant, as well as the momentary positions of all things in the universe, would be able to comprehend in one single formula the motions of the largest bodies as well as the lightest atoms in the world, provided that its intellect were sufficiently powerful to subject all data to analysis; to it nothing would be uncertain, the future as well as the past would be present to its eyes. The perfection that the human mind has been able to give to astronomy affords but a feeble outline of such an intelligence.

Pierre-Simon Laplace

My scientist friends have come up with things like 'principles of uncertainty' and dark holes. They're willing to live inside imagined hypotheses and theories. but many religious folks insist on answers that are always true. We love closure, resolution and clarity, while thinking that we are people of 'faith'! How strange that the very word 'faith' has come to mean its exact opposite.

Richard Rohr

If art made you think, then this was Art. Staring at the ball, made of layers and layers of cloth, I wondered about the glass marble at its heart. What if you wanted to reach that marble? Make sure it was still whole?
You'd have to remove the layers. You'd have to risk breaking the ball for a chance at freeing it. Fear, knowledge, certainty - you'd have to be willing to let them all go.

Justina Chen , North of Beautiful

I'm comfortable with the unknown -- that's the point of science. There are places out there, billions of places out there, that we know nothing about. And the fact that we know nothing about them excites me, and I want to go out and find out about them.
And that's what science is.
So I think if you’re not comfortable with the unknown, then it’s difficult to be a scientist… I don’t need an answer. I don’t need answers to everything. I want to have answers to find.

Brian Cox

To better understand God we must first shatter our own idea of God - maybe even day after day. Maybe he's too great to stay compressed in the human mind. Maybe he splits it wide open; this is why pretentious intellectualism so often fails to comprehend the concept of God: it is only accepting of what it can explain while in the process finding higher sources offensive. What we may confidently assert is that faith is the opening that allows God, this unpredictable, unseen power, to travel in and out of the mind without all the pains of confusion.

Criss Jami

When your only regret is if anyone thinks you regret anything - that is the definition of conviction.

Criss Jami

In God's eyes, a man who teaches one truth and nothing else is more righteous than a man who teaches a million truths and one lie.

Criss Jami

From the house of unbelief
to true religion
is a single breath;
From the world of doubt
to certainty
is a single breath;
Enjoy this precious single breath,
for the harvest
of our whole lives
is that same one breath.

Omar Khayyám

I dedicate this novel to Gala, who was constantly by my side while I was writing it, who was the good fairy of my equilibrium, who banished the salamanders of my doubts and strengthened the lions of certainties...

Salvador Dalí

An uncertain evil causes anxiety because, at the bottom of one's heart, one goes on hoping till the last moment that it may not be true; a certain evil, on the other hand, instills, for a time, a kind of dreary tranquillity.

Alberto Moravia

If it is true that we need a degree of certainty to get by, it is also true that too much of the stuff can be lethal.

Terry Eagleton

Every judgment teeters on the brink of error, Leto explained. To claim absolute knowledge is to become monstrous. Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.

Frank Herbert , Children of Dune

I believe that we do not know anything for certain, but everything probably.

Christiaan Huygens

I always make sure that the world will prove me right. It gives me the freedom to contradict myself.

Criss Jami

One of the few certainties in life is that persons of certainty should certainly be avoided.

Willy Russell , The Wrong Boy

Some make light of decisions, arguing that all possible decisions will occur. In such a world, how could one be responsible for his actions? Others hold that each decision must be considered and committed to, that without commitment there is chaos. Such people are content to live in contradictory worlds, so long as they know the reason for each.

Alan Lightman from i Einstein's Dreams i , Einstein's Dreams

It's not about whether or not someone is a bigot, but whether or not the argument which that someone is arguing is worth being a bigot about.

Criss Jami

It is a noble responsibility to not back down when you know that you know that you know that you are right.

Criss Jami