Skepticism is an important historical tool. It is the starting point of all revision of hitherto accepted history.
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.
The logic of validation allows us to move between the two limits of dogmatism and skepticism.
The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism, pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense.
The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought.
Doubt everything or believe everything: these are two equally convenient strategies. With either we dispense with the need for reflection.
It is not uncommon for engineers to accept the reality of phenomena that are not yet understood, as it is very common for physicists to disbelieve the reality of phenomena that seem to contradict contemporary beliefs of physics
If a man is in too big a hurry to give up an error he is liable to give up some truth with it.
Skepticism means, not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt.
Believe nothing and be on your guard against everything.
Great intellects are skeptical.
Skepticism is unbelief in cause and effect.
Cautiousness in judgment is nowadays to be recommended to each and every one: if we gained only one incontestable truth every ten years from each of our philosophical writers the harvest we reaped would be sufficient.
Nearly all the powerful people of this age are unbelievers, the best of them in doubt and misery, the most in plodding hesitation, doing as well as they can, what practical work lies at hand.
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect.
The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.
Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls.
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.
People have moved beyond apathy, beyond skepticism into deep cynicism.
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.
Skepticism has never founded empires, established principals, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith.
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.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
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