Uncertainty Quotes

Maturity of mind is the capacity to endure uncertainty.

John Finley

All my life I have entirely missed the point; and the turning, as I also have no sense of direction. This long period of uncertainty in the twilight land of the fuddled (it is now more than sixty years) has taken its toll.

Tom Baker

Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty.

John Huston Finley

Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.

Winston Churchill

The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.

Seneca

Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.

Mark Twain

Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even, the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying. J.

Paul Getty

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.

Erich Fromm

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.

William Congreve

Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.

Jacob Bronowski

We demand guaranteed rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty.

Douglas Adams

To become educated is to move from cocksure ignorance to thoughtful uncertainty.

Unknown

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.

William Cowper

Faith means living with uncertainty - feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark

Dan Millman

Certainty is the mother of quiet and repose, and uncertainty the cause of variance and contentions

Edward Coke

There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.

Robert Burns

America and its allies face many risks and problems in Iraq, but it is all too easy to snatch defeat from the jaws of uncertainty.

Anthony H. Cordesman

Education is...Man's going forward from cocksure ignorance to thoughtful uncertainty.

Kenneth G. Johnson

Markets are constantly in a state of uncertainty and flux and money is make by discounting the obvious and betting on the unexpected.

George Soros

I think the worst thing this nation could do for humanity would be to leave any uncertainty as to our will, our purpose and our capacity to carry out our purpose.

Hubert H. Humphrey

When the mind is in a state of uncertainty the smallest impulse directs it to either side.

Terence

The oppressors alleged that Allahs proof is invalid, and if we were permitted to speak out, the uncertainty would disappear.

Muhammad ibn Hasan al-M

Those who have taken upon them to lay down the law of nature as a thing already searched out and understood, whether they have spoken in simple assurance or professional affectation, have therein done philosophy and the sciences great injury. For as they have been successful in inducing belief, so they have been effective in quenching and stopping inquiry; and have done more harm by spoiling and putting an end to other men's efforts than good by their own. Those on the other hand who have taken a contrary course, and asserted that absolutely nothing can be known whether it were from hatred of the ancient sophists, or from uncertainty and fluctuation of mind, or even from a kind of fullness of learning, that they fell upon this opinion have certainly advanced reasons for it that are not to be despised; but yet they have neither started from true principles nor rested in the just conclusion, zeal and affectation having carried them much too far.... Now my method, though hard to practice, is easy to explain; and it is this. I propose to establish progressive stages of certainty. The evidence of the sense, helped and guarded by a certain process of correction, I retain. But the mental operation which follows the act of sense I for the most part reject; and instead of it I open and lay out a new and certain path for the mind to proceed in, starting directly from the simple sensuous perception.

Francis Bacon

In this century theres been much stress placed not upon what we know but on knowing that our methods are themselves questionableour Song of Songs is the Uncertainty Principle.

Donald Barthelme
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