Quotes with doubt
Truth is something we can attempt to doubt, and then perhaps, after much exertion, discover that part of the doubt is unjustified.
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.
I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science. [He was speaking of Quantum Mechanics and the breaking down of determinism.] My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance -- but for us, not for God.
'The Human Side', 1954
Real love is more than a physical feeling. If there's even the slightest doubt in your head about a guy, then forget about it. It's not real.
History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy; the inscription molders from the tablet: the statue falls from the pedestal. Columns, arches, pyramids, what are they but heaps of sand; and their epitaphs, but characters written in the dust?
The Sketch Book
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
There can be no doubt that the captains of industry to-day, using that term in its broadest sense, are men who began life as poor boys.
I am sure that Senator Clinton would make a good President. I happen to be a Republican and would support, obviously, a Republican nominee, but I have no doubt that Senator Clinton would make a good President.
Meet the Press (February 20, 2005)
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.
Rural Americans are real Americans. There's no doubt about that. You can't always be sure with other Americans. Not all of them are real.
I wake up every morning feeling lucky - which is driven by fear, no doubt, since I know it could all go away.
It may be said that the vices await us in the journey of life like hosts with whom we must successively lodge; and I doubt whether experience would make us avoid them if we were to travel the same road a second time.
Jealousy lives upon distrust, becomes madness, or ceases entirely, when we pass from doubt to certainty.
Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?
The Problems of Philosophy (1912)
The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
Mortals and Others (1931-35)
I observe that a very large portion of the human race does not believe in God and suffers no visible punishment in consequence. And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that he would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt his existence.
Bertrand Russell's Best: Silhouettes in Satire (1958)
There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome; to be got over.
Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. Where there is despair, may we bring hope.
Quoting St Francis of Assisi, on her 1979 election victory.
The courage to be is rooted in the God who appears when God has disappeared in the anxiety of doubt.
My own luck has been curious all my literary life; I could never tell a lie that anybody would doubt, nor a truth that anybody would believe.
From India to South Africa, November 1897. As it appeared in McClure's Magazine.
Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.
Sermon 39 Catholic Spirit from the 1872 edition of Wesley's Complete Works - Thomas Jackson, editor
The human frame being what it is, heart, body and brain all mixed together, and not contained in separate compartments as they will be no doubt in another million years, a good dinner is of great importance to good talk. One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
A Room of One's Own (1929)