Skepticism Quotes

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

Adam Smith

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

The primary tool of science is skepticism, whose light shrivels unquestioning faith.

Mike Huben

Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism.

Blaise Pascal

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

Thomas Jefferson

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.

Jean-Paul Sartre

To believe in luck - is skepticism.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

David Suzuki

In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism and skepticism and humbug and we shall want to live more musically.

Vincent van Gogh

Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.

Denis Diderot

Skepticism must go hand in hand with rationality. When theories are shown to be false, the correct thing to do is to move on.

Brian Cox

Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it ca.

George Santayana

There is no harm in doubt and skepticism, for it is through these that new discoveries are made.

Richard Feynman

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

The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism is essential to democracy.

Mary Catherine Bateson

Large skepticism leads to large understanding. Small skepticism leads to small understanding. No skepticism leads to no understanding.

Xi Zhi

The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence, -- luxury, skepticism, weariness and superstition, -- are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.

Cyril Connolly

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

Simone Weil

Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.

George Santayana

Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.

Louis Pasteur

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

Romain Rolland

Skepticism means not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt.

Thomas Carlyle

I prefer credulity to skepticism and cynicism for there is more promise in almost anything than in nothing at all.

Ralph B. Perry

It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.

Carl Sagan

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