Friday, 18 May 2012

Doubt

A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory. - Arthur Golden 

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it. - Ambrose Bierce

By doubting, we come at the truth. - Cicero

Can that which is the greatest virtue in philosophy, Doubt (called "the father of inventions" by Galileo), be in religion what the priests term it, the greatest of sins? - Christian Nestell Bovee

Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge, and he who encourages them, who does not slay them, thwarts himself at every step. - James Allen

Doubt can only be removed by action. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door. - Benjamin Jowett

Doubt is a sentinel on the watch-tower of the brain, charged with the duty of sounding an alarm, whenever its enemies – superstition, falsehood, ignorance and unreason – attempt to invade the citadel of truth. - Henry M. Taber

Doubt is an incentive to truth, and patient inquiry leadeth the way. - Hosea Ballou

Doubt is excellent when it is a question of securing what we already possess, but it can be fatal if it impedes us in pursuit of what we seek. - Carlos Fuentes

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one. - Voltaire

Doubt is not a thing "shot into the soul" from without like "a loaded shell shot into a fortress." It springs up in the soul itself; and the more you attempt to "fling it away" without satisfying it, the deeper and more ineradicable it grows. - A Layman

Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich

Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom. - George Iles

Doubt is the father of invention. - Galileo Galilei

Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom. - George Iles

Doubt is the herald of progress; the genius of reason; the pathway to truth; the advance guard in the contest with intellectual darkness. - Henry M. Taber

Doubt is the vestibule which all must pass, before they can enter into the temple of truth. - Charles Caleb Colton

Doubt is the whetstone of understanding. - John dos Passos

Doubt must be no more than vigilance, otherwise it can become dangerous. - G. C. Lichtenberg

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself. - Christian Bovee

Doubt, genuine doubt, is a good thing; not as an end, mark you, for so it is deadly, but as a means to an end. - David James Burrell

Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth. - Ambrose Bierce

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone. - Thomas Carlyle

Give me the benefit of your convictions, if you have any, but keep your doubts to yourself, for I have enough of my own. - Johann Von Goethe

He is without faith who is afraid of doubters. - J. Donald Johnston

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise! - Homer

I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong. - Richard P. Feynman

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education. - Wilson Mizner 

If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done. - John Lubbock

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

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

In the ages of ignorance, it was a crime to doubt; now it is the sign of intelligence. - Andrew Jackson Davis

It is by doubting that we come to investigate, and by investigating that we recognize the truth - Peter Abelard

Kill the snake of doubt in your soul, crush the worms of fear in your heart and mountains will move out of your way. - Unknown

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

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. - Lewis Cass

The best way is to forget doubts and set about the task in hand. - Robert Silliman Hillyer

The great experimental principle, then, is doubt, that philosophic doubt which leaves to the mind its freedom and initiative, and from which the virtues most valuable to investigators in physiology and medicine are derived. - Claude Bernard

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills. - The Buddha

We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge doubt increases. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When in doubt, back out on a technicality. - Walter Shapiro

When in doubt, do without. - Hofni Samuel

When in doubt, Don’t. - Unknown

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap. - Cynthia Heimel

When in doubt, strategize; if it doesn't work, reorganize. - Srini Rangan

When in doubt, take it as a compliment. - Angie Lyman

When unhappy, one doubts everything; when happy, one doubts nothing. - Joseph Roux

Who knows most, doubts most. - Robert Browning

Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow. - Ambrose Bierce

You cannot be a man of faith unless you know how to doubt. - Thomas Merton

Your own doubt is your opponent’s greatest strength. - Unknown

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