Doubt Quotes


We learn from failure, not from success!

Doubt    Experience    Learning    Mistakes    Records    Wisdom

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.

Doubt    Intelligent    Problems    Smart    Stupid    World

We’ll never survive!
Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.

The Princess Bride

William Goldman

The Princess Bride
Doubt    Humor    Optimism    Survival

Well never survive!
Nonsense. Youre only saying that because no one ever has.

Doubt    Humor    Optimism    Survival

Doubt everything. Find your own light.

Beliefs    Doubt    Faith


Inventory:
"Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
Four be the things I'd been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.
Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.
Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.

Champagne    Contentment    Curiosity    Doubt    Envy    Foes    Friends    Hope    Idleness    Inventory    Knowledge    Laughter    Life    Love    Sorrow    Sufficienty    Superfluity    Unattainable    Values    Wisdom

Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.

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.

Affection    Certainty    Doubt    Evidence    Guess    Humble    Ideas    Life    Mistake    Science    Scientific    Skepticism    Surrender    Thought

We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!

Definition    Doubt    Humour    Life    Uncertainty

Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.

I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.

Doubt    Fear    Terror    Wonder

Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.

For so many years I lived in constant terror of myself. Doubt had married my fear and moved into my mind, where it built castles and ruled kingdoms and reigned over me, bowing my will to its whispers until I was little more than an acquiescing peon, too terrified to disobey, too terrified to disagree. I had been shackled, a prisoner in my own mind.
But finally, finally, I have learned to break free.

Ignite Me

Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me

Now, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’ When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness’ — then you should enter & remain in them.
[
Kalama Sutta, AN 3.65
]

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.

Doubt … is an illness that comes from knowledge and leads to madness.

You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They
know
it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.

If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if He burst out from the Cross, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' then surely we are also permitted doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.

Life of Pi

Yann Martel Life of Pi

Life of Pi

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize."
[
Modernism's Patriarch
(
Time Magazine
, June 10, 1996)]

And your doubt can become a good quality if you
train
it. It must become
knowing
, it must become criticism. Ask it, whenever it wants to spoil something for you,
why
something is ugly, demand proofs from it, test it, and you will find it perhaps bewildered and embarrased, perhaps also protesting. But don't give in, insist on arguments, and act in this way, attentive and persistent, every single time, and the day will come when, instead of being a destroyer, it will become one of your best workers--perhaps the most intelligent of all the ones that are building your life.

I never seek to defeat the man I am fighting, " he explained. "I seek to defeat his confidence. A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory. Two men are equals - true equals - only when they both have equal confidence.

Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden Memoirs Of A Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha

In these times I don't, in a manner of speaking, know what I want; perhaps I don't want what I know and want what I don't know.

A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship.

The Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings

Never say that you can't do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can't be done, no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be; human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves to be limited by: our own minds. We are each the masters of our own reality; when we become self-aware to this: absolutely anything in the world is possible.
Master yourself, and become king of the world around you. Let no odds, chastisement, exile, doubt, fear, or ANY mental virii prevent you from accomplishing your dreams. Never be a victim of life; be it's conqueror.

Accomplish    Can t    Chastisement    Conqueror    Discouragement    Disorder    Doubt    Dream    Empowerment    Exile    Fear    Impossible    King    Master    Mental    Mind    Possibility    Reality    Relative    Resilience    Truth    Victim    Virii    Virus    Viruses    World

To 'choose' dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid.

Atheism    Dogma    Doubt    Experience    Faith    Kool aid    Religion    Scepticism

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.

Doubt    Future    Present    Progress

Never worry alone. When anxiety grabs my mind, it is self-perpetuating. Worrisome thoughts reproduce faster than rabbits, so one of the most powerful ways to stop the spiral of worry is simply to disclose my worry to a friend... The simple act of reassurance from another human being [becomes] a tool of the Spirit to cast out fear -- because peace and fear are both contagious.

Doubt    Fear    Friendship    Holy spirit    Humanity    Mind    Peace    Spirituality    Thinking    Worry

you must be careful never to allow doubt to paralyze you. always take the decisions you need to take, even if you're not sure you're doing the right thing. You'll never go wrong if, when you make a decision, you keep in mind an old German proverb: 'The devil is in the detail.' Remember that proverb and you'll always be able to turn a wrong decision into a right one.

I have always felt that doubt was the beginning of wisdom, and the fear of God was the end of wisdom.

The Story of My Life

Clarence Darrow

The Story of My Life
Doubt    Fear    Skepticism    Wisdom

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love .

Hamlet

William Shakespeare

Doubt    Love

...Whilst on board the Beagle I was quite orthodox, and I remember being heartily laughed at by several of the officers... for quoting the Bible as an unanswerable authority on some point of morality... But I had gradually come by this time, i.e., 1836 to 1839, to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rainbow at sign, &c., &c., and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos, or the beliefs of any barbarian.
...By further reflecting that the clearest evidence would be requisite to make any sane man believe in the miracles by which Christianity is supported, (and that the more we know of the fixed laws of nature the more incredible do miracles become), that the men at that time were ignorant and credulous to a degree almost uncomprehensible by us, that the Gospels cannot be proved to have been written simultaneously with the events, that they differ in many important details, far too important, as it seemed to me, to be admitted as the usual inaccuracies of eyewitnesses; by such reflections as these, which I give not as having the least novelty or value, but as they influenced me, I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation. The fact that many false religions have spread over large portions of the earth like wild-fire had some weight with me. Beautiful as is the morality of the New Testament, it can be hardly denied that its perfection depends in part on the interpretation which we now put on metaphors and allegories.
But I was very unwilling to give up my belief... Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress, and have never since doubted even for a single second that my conclusion was correct. I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all of my friends, will be everlastingly punished.
And this is a damnable doctrine.

Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.

Doubt    Faith    Religion

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
.

Assurance    Belief    Certainty    Degrees    Doubt    Evidence    Facts    Proportion    Reason    Reasoning    Science    Skepticism    Wisdom

Sometimes I think it is my mission to bring faith to the faithless, and doubt to the faithful.

When you don't know where to start,
just go to a place you miss so much.

And I realized that I’d tolerated him this long because of self-doubt.

Doubt    Ego

The deep roots never doubt spring will come.

Confidence    Doubt    Faith    Spring    Trust

I never, even for a moment, doubted what they’d told me. This is why it is that adults and even parents can, unwittingly, be cruel: they cannot imagine doubt’s complete absence. They have forgotten.

I never, even for a moment, doubted what theyd told me. This is why it is that adults and even parents can, unwittingly, be cruel: they cannot imagine doubts complete absence. They have forgotten.

We live in a culture that has, for centuries now, cultivated the idea that the skeptical person is always smarter than one who believes. You can almost be as stupid as a cabbage as long as you doubt.

Belief    Doubt    Faith

Life is doubt,
And faith without doubt is nothing but death.

Doubt    Faith    Life

Every mental act is composed of doubt and belief,
but it is belief that is the positive, it is belief
that sustains thought and holds the world together.

Defeat is for the valiant. Only they will know the honour of losing and the joy of winning
I am not here to tell you that defeat is a part of life: we all know that. Only the defeated know Love. Because it is in the realm of love that we fight our first battles – and generally lose.
I am here to tell you that there are people who have never been defeated.
They are the ones who never fought.
They managed to avoid scars, humiliations, feelings of helplessness, as well as those moments when even warriors doubt the existence of God.’’
Manuscript Found In Accra – Paulo Coelho

Aetheism    Defeat    Denial    Doubt    God    Helplessness    Honour    Humiliation    Life    Love    Scar    Valiant    Victory

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

Certainty    Doubt    Fanatics    Fools    Wisdom

It was one of those cases where you approve the broad, general principle of an idea but can't help being in a bit of a twitter at the prospect of putting it into practical effect. I explained this to Jeeves, and he said much the same thing had bothered Hamlet.

Joy in the Morning

P.G. Wodehouse

Joy in the Morning
Doubt    Hamlet    Hesitation    Humor    Jeeves    Shakespeare

The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt, but in spite of doubt. (p. 21)

Doubt thou the stars are fire
Doubt thou the sun doth move
Doubt truth to be a liar
But never doubt I love

Hamlet

William Shakespeare

Doubt    Love

You are not Dostoevsky,' said the woman...
'You never can tell...' he answered.
'Dostoevsky is dead,' the woman said, a bit uncertainly.
'I protest!' he said with heat, 'Dostoevsky is immortal!

Everything is false, everything is possible, everything is doubtful.

Those who love much, do much and accomplish much, and whatever is done with love is done well.... Love is the best and noblest thing in the human heart, especially when it is tested by life as gold is tested by fire. Happy is he who has loved much, and although he may have wavered and doubted, he has kept that divine spark alive and returned to what was in the beginning and ever shall be.
If only one keeps loving faithfully what is truly worth loving and does not squander one's love on trivial and insignificant and meaningless things then one will gradually obtain more light and grow stronger.

Beginnings    Doubt    Light    Love    Strength

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