Ambiguity Quotes

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

Adam Smith

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.

Gilda Radner

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.

Theodore W. Adorno

If I take refuge in ambiguity, I assure you that its quite conscious.

Kingman Brewster, Jr.

The awareness of the ambiguity of one's highest achievements (as well as one's deepest failures) is a definite symptom of maturity.

Paul Johannes Tillich

To know the truth of history is to realize its ultimate myth and its inevitable ambiguity.

Roy P. Basler

What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers. (President, Radcliffe College)

Martin Horner

That gray net of abstraction, used to cover the world in order to simplify and explain it in a way that is pleasing to us, has become the world in our eyes. The only way to see the phenomena, rather than sterile distillations of them, to experience them in their ambiguity again, would be to have available alternate visions, a diversity of profound opinions. Souls artificially constituted by a new kind of education live in a world transformed by mans artifice and believe that all values are relative and determined by the private economic or sexual drives of those who hold them. How are they to recover the primary natural experience?

Allan David Bloom

Most people like to believe something is or is not true. Great scientists tolerate ambiguity very well. They believe the theory enough to go ahead; they doubt it enough to notice the errors and faults so they can step forward and create the new replacement theory. If you believe too much you'll never notice the flaws; if you doubt too much you won't get started. It requires a lovely balance.

Richard Wesley Hamming

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