Skepticism Quotes

For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law it is administered with subhuman inefficiency.

Eric Ambler

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

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

Ralph B. Perry

Skepticism means not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Romain Rolland

Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.

Louis Pasteur

Skepticism has never founded empires, established principals, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith.

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

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

George Santayana

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

Simone Weil

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

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.

K. Eric Drexler

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

Xi Zhi

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

Mary Catherine Bateson

With most people, doubt about one thing is simply blind belief in another.

G. C. Lichtenberg

Skeptics are never deceived.

French proverb

An open mind, like an open window, should be screened to keep the bugs out.

Virginia Hutchinson

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.

Charles Darwin

Skepticism is slow suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better.

Ambrose Bierce

The only new ideas that are not subject to our skepticism or suspicion are our own.

Cullen Hightower

The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.

George Jean Nathan

The city of truth cannot be built on the swampy ground of skepticism.

Albert Schweitzer

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Updated On : April 12, 2011
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