The skeptic, being a lover of his kind, desires to cure by speech, as best he can, the self-conceit and rashness of the dogmatists.
For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law it is administered with subhuman inefficiency.
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.
I prefer credulity to skepticism and cynicism for there is more promise in almost anything than in nothing at all.
Skepticism means not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt.
Skepticism, riddling the faith of yesterday, prepared the way for the faith of tomorrow.
Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.
Skepticism has never founded empires, established principals, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith.
Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
We could hardly believe that after so many ordeals, after all the trials of modern skepticism, there was still so much left in our souls to destroy.
The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil.
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.
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.
Large skepticism leads to large understanding. Small skepticism leads to small understanding. No skepticism leads to no understanding.
The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism is essential to democracy.
With most people, doubt about one thing is simply blind belief in another.
Skeptics are never deceived.
An open mind, like an open window, should be screened to keep the bugs out.
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutory pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path toward errors is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.
Skepticism is slow suicide.
It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better.
The only new ideas that are not subject to our skepticism or suspicion are our own.
The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
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