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Skepticism Quotes

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Maintain a balance between skepticism and faith.
Maintain a beginner mind. Be open to possibility.
Don't give in to skepticism,
but don't give in to fantasy either.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Related topics: Wisdom

Man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense
of what not to believe.
- Euripides

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The natural cause of the human mind
is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
- Thomas Jefferson

 

The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism
is essential to democracy.
- Mary Catherine Bateson

Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
- George Santayana

Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.
- Louis Pasteur

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Skepticism, riddling the faith of yesterday,
prepared the way for the faith of tomorrow.
- Romain Rolland

Investors should start with a view of skepticism.
They should become intellectual investors rather than emotional investors.
They should be careful, and they should be skeptical.
- Arthur Levitt

The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought.
- Walter Gilbert

It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man,
always makes him feel better.
- Ambrose Bierce

Education has failed in a very serious way to convey
the most important lesson science can teach:
skepticism.
- David Suzuki

The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses
to acknowledge authority,
as such.
For him, skepticism is the highest of duties;
blind faith the one unpardonable sin.
- Thomas Huxley

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism,
tuberculosis, and some other diseases,
much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil.
- Simone Weil

On the road from the City of Skepticism,
I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.
- Adam Smith

Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.
- John Dewey

People have moved beyond apathy, beyond skepticism into deep cynicism.
- Elliot Richardson

The most striking development of the great depression
of 1929 is a profound skepticism of the future of contemporary
society among large sections of the American people.
- C. L. R. James

The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
- George Jean Nathan

My position now, especially in this town,
adds an element of skepticism with people you meet -
especially girls.
I mean, it becomes a lot more difficult.
- Jason Biggs

The logic of validation allows us to move between the
two limits of dogmatism and skepticism.
- Paul Ricoeur

I'm the most cynical person, and I know what that sounds like when you say,
I don't drink and drive, and I don't.
But I know people look at that with skepticism,
and I understand.
- Tracey Gold

We all approached doing a sequel with great trepidation and skepticism.
- Jason Biggs

Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.
- Denis Diderot

There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism.
It would be an offense against polite conventions to
press our doubts too far.
- George Santayana

I'd say there was a fair amount of skepticism at the
time about whether the Internet held any promise.
And of course I felt that it did.
- Jim Clark

Skepticism is an important historical tool.
It is the starting point of all revision of hitherto accepted history.
- Samuel E. Morison

Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls.
- Emile M. Cioran

The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism,
pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense.
- George Berkeley

Large skepticism leads to large understanding.
Small skepticism leads to small understanding.
No skepticism leads to no understanding.
- Xi Zhi

Its attitude, which it has preached and practiced,
is skepticism.
Now, it finds, the public is applying that skepticism to the press.
- Thomas Griffith

Skepticism has never founded empires,
established principals, or changed the world's heart.
The great doers in history have always been people of faith.
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life
what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth:
namely,
a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good.
- Daniel P. Moynihan

Well, I had a small degree, that little infection of
skepticism about America which resides in the minds
of even America's closest friends.
That America can't be quite as good as it says it is.
And why does it need so relentlessly to keep saying how good it is?
- Robert MacNeil

It is the press that has taken these charges and accusations
and blown them up without any kind of skepticism whatsoever -
blown them into realities and treated them as if they were true.
- Dixie Lee Ray

Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense,
absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing,
the other of not knowing.
What philosophy should dissipate is certainty,
whether of knowledge or ignorance.
- Bertrand Russell

I've encountered a lot of people who sound like critics
but very few who have substantive criticisms.
There is a lot of skepticism, but it seems to be more
a matter of inertia than it is of people having some
real reason for thinking something else.
- K. Eric Drexler

Where journalists have gotten themselves in trouble
over the last few decades is that their skepticism
often extends only to American officials,
the U.S.
military and Republican politicians.
- Linda Chavez

Innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive
is devoid of the power to love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Being part of the natural world reminds me
that innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive
is devoid of the power to love.
There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To oppose something is to maintain it.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Ecstasy is our very nature;
not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary.
To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous.
It needs no effort to be ecstatic,
it needs great effort to be miserable.
That's why you look to tired,
because misery is really hard work;
to maintain it is really difficult,
because you are doing something against nature.
- Osho

Those who are highly evolved,
maintain an undiscriminating perception.
Seeing everything, labeling nothing,
they maintain their awareness of the Great Oneness.
Thus they are supported by it.
- Lao Tzu

The very nature of the world is constant change.
You set a goal and create a plan to achieve it;
then the assumptions on which you
based your plan change - they always do.
The challenge is to retain your goals
while adapting your tactics.
Relax and stay flexible in order to reach
your goals and maintain your happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends
is that three out of four murders
are committed by people who know the victim.
- George Carlin

Let me give you a definition of ethics:
It is good to maintain and further life
it is bad to damage and destroy life.
- Albert Schweitzer

Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere.
Make sure you eat a variety of foods,
get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Sasha Cohen

Constant development is the law of life,
and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas
in order to appear consistent
drives himself into a false position.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who
maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
- Dante Alighieri

I think what makes us human - is our interconnectedness among people.
It's our ability to form and maintain relationships.
It's the barometer by which we call ourselves human.
- Thomas Jane

To maintain one's individuality, integrity,
and true personality in the theatre is a big task.
- Cyril Cusack

Mine has been a concern for the people,
a concern to maintain stability, a concern to get people
working together racially,
ethnically, rich and poor - all segments of the city.
- Walter Washington

The human mind, if it is to keep its sanity,
must maintain the nicest balance between unity and plurality.
- Irving Babbitt

The difference of great players is at a certain point
in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it.
Lesser players play great for a set,
but then less.
- Pete Sampras

For my part, if I consider poetry as an object,
I maintain that it is born of the necessity of adding
a vocal sound (speech) to the hammering of the first tribal music.
- Eugenio Montale

But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible,
and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines
and the basis of all reforms.
- Ellen G. White

We started the AIDS virus.
We are only able to maintain our level of living by
making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty.
- Jeremiah Wright

We must maintain strong defenses, military and spiritual.
- Prescott Bush

I maintain that nothing useful and lasting can emerge from violence.
- Shirin Ebadi

To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame,
to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.
- Walter Pater

I can't tell you how hard I worked the last year.
In fact, I worked so hard that I know I can't maintain
that same work level in 2001,
so I've got to quit something.
- Christopher Darden

And we need to maintain our foothold in the fight against
terrorism and terrorist groups and respond to any degradation
of Iraqi security or stability.
- Rick Larsen

Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself;
if all it does is maintain itself,
then living is only not dying.
- Simone de Beauvoir

They definitely mean to maintain that the process called
death is a mere severence of soul and body,
and that the soul is freed rather than injured thereby.
- Oliver Joseph Lodge

No religion can long continue to maintain its purity
when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state.
- Felix Adler

That it is logical, fair and reasonable to maintain
the purchasing power of an hour's work in terms of
goods and services the employee must purchase in his daily living.
- Charles E. Wilson

I think it is important to maintain a sense of self and confidence,
not letting either falter for the sake of a particular part or project,
no matter how great it might be.
- Fred Savage


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