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« on: September 05, 2007, 05:00:52 PM »
Quote from: Akhenaton?( c. B.C. 1375) Egyptian King
True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.

Quote from: Christopher Hitchens
The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.

Quote from: Thomas Jefferson
Ridicule is the only intelligible response to absurd propositions.

Quote from: Huang Po
The foolish reject what they see and not what they think; the wise reject what they think and not what they see.

Quote from: Albert Einstein( 1879-1955) German/American Physicist
The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Quote from: Alexander Pope( 1688-1744) English Poet, Critic, and Translator
Who shall decide when doctors disagree, And soundest casuists doubt, like you and me?

Quote from: Alexander Pope( 1688-1744) English Poet, Critic, and Translator
How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!

Quote from: Alfred Tennyson( 1809-1892) English Poet
There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.

Quote from: Andre Gide
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

Quote from: Bailey ( 1816-1902) English Poet
Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is...it is her shadow.

Quote from: Benjamin Jowett( 1817-1893) English Theologian and Scholar
Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door.

Quote from: Bergen Evans( 1812-1889) English Poet
Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.

Quote from: Bertrand Russell(1872-1970) English matematician and philosopher
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

Quote from: Chinese Proverb
Great doubts...deep wisdom. Small doubts... little wisdom.

Quote from: Christian N. Bovee( 1820-1904) American Author and Editor
Doubt is the opposite of belief.

Quote from: Christian N. Bovee( 1820-1904) American Author and Editor
Can that which is the greatest virtue in philosophy, doubt, be in religion what the priests term it, the greatest of sins?

Quote from: Clarence Darrow( 1857-1938) American Lawyer
Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.

Quote from: Colton( 1780-1832) English Sportsman and Writer
Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.

Quote from: Descartes( 1596-1650) French Philosopher and Scientist
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

Quote from: Francis Bacon( 1561-1626) English Philosopher, Essayist, and Statesman
In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

Quote from: Galileo( 1564-1642) Italian Astronomer and Mathematician
Doubt is the father of invention.

Quote from: George Herbert( 1593-1632) English Metaphysical Poet
He that knows nothing doubts nothing.

Quote from: George Iles
Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.

Quote from: H. L. Mencken( 1880-1956) American Editor, Author, and Critic
Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.

Quote from: Hosea Ballou( 1771-1852) American Clergyman, Founder of Universalism
Doubt is an incentive to truth, and patient inquiry leadeth the way.

Quote from: John Burroughs( 1837-1921) American Naturalist and Author
It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative.

Quote from: Landor( 1775-1864) English Poet and Essayist
If there were no falsehood in the world, there would be no doubt; if there were no doubt, there would be no inquiry; if no inquiry, no wisdom, no knowledge, no genius.

Quote from: Laurens Van der PostSouth African mystic/The Lost World of the Kalahari ( 1958)
Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.

Quote from: Miguel de Unamuno( 1864-1936) Spanish Philosopher and Writer
Life is doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death.

Quote from: Oliver Wendell Holmes( 1809-1894) American Author, Wit and Poet
To have doubted one's own first principles, is the mark of a civilized man.

Quote from: Persian Proverb
Doubt is the key to knowledge.

Quote from: Thomas Carlyle( 1795-1881) Scottish Author and Philosopher
Skepticism means not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt.

Quote from: Thomas Jefferson( 1743-1826) American...3rd President of the U.S
The natural course of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.

Quote from: Vergil ( B.C. 70-19) Roman Epic, Didactic, and Idyllic Poet
Confidence is nowhere safe.

Quote from: Walter Malone( 1866-1915) American Jurist
An honest man can never surrender an honest doubt.

Quote from: William Shakespeare( 1564-1616) English Dramatist and Poet
Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.

Quote from: Wilson Mizner
I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.
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