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Skepticism quotes by Michael  Grant
#1. I want my mom," a little boy cried out suddenly.
Every voice fell silent. The boy had said what they were all feeling.
Caine hopped down from the car and went to the boy. He knelt down and took the boy's hands in his own. He asked the boy's name, and reintroduced himself. "We all want our parents back," he said gently, but loudly enough to be overheard clearly by those nearest. "We all want that. And I believe that will happen. I believe we will see all our moms and dads, and older brothers and sisters, and even our teachers again. I believe that. Do you believe it, too?"
"Yes." The little boy sobbed.
Caine wrapped him in a hug and said, "Be strong. Be your mommy's strong little boy."
"He's good," Astrid said. "He's beyond good."
Then Caine stood up. People had formed a circle around him, close but respectful. "We all have to be strong. We all have to get through this. If we work together to choose good leaders and do the right thing, we will make it."
The entire crowd of kids seemed to stand a little taller. There were determined looks on faces that had been weary and frightened.
Sam was mesmerized by the performance. In just a few minutes' time, Caine had infused hope into a very frightened, dispirited bunch of kids.
Astrid seemed mesmerized too, though Sam thought he detected the cool glint of skepticism in her eyes.
Sam was skeptical himself. He distrusted rehearsed displays. He distrusted charm. But it was hard not to thi #Quote by Michael Grant
Skepticism quotes by Orlando Figes
#2. Whereas in Europe new ideas were forced to compete against other doctrines and attitudes, with the results that people tended towards healthy skepticism about claims to absolute truth, and a climate of pluralism developed, In Russia there was a cultural void. The censor forbade all political expression, so that when ideas were introduced there they easily assumed the status of holy dogma, a panacea for all the world's ills, beyond questioning or indeed the need to test them in real life. #Quote by Orlando Figes
Skepticism quotes by M. Scott Peck
#3. The result is an attitude on the part of many scientists of not only skepticism but outright rejection of what cannot be measured. It is as if they were to say, "What we cannot measure, we cannot know; there is no point in worrying about what we cannot know; therefore, what cannot be measured is unimportant and unworthy of our observation." Because of this attitude many scientists exclude from their serious consideration all matters that are - or seem to be - intangible. Including, of course, the matter of God. This #Quote by M. Scott Peck
Skepticism quotes by Alice Tisdale Hobart
#4. Every theory in medicine, if medicine is to remain healthy, must be beaten out on the anvil of skepticism. So do we weed out charlatanism. #Quote by Alice Tisdale Hobart
Skepticism quotes by Thomas Moore
#5. You need your intelligence and your skepticism. #Quote by Thomas Moore
Skepticism quotes by Alan Jacobs
#6. So let me conclude this chapter with a celebration of splitting--of the disciplined, principled preference for rejecting categories whenever we discern them at work. Again, this is not to say that we can live without them, but rather that we need to cultivate skepticism as a first response. The group solidarity matters to almost all of us in one way or another--it is the stuff of which both inner rings and genuine membership are made--on some fundamental level, as Dorothy Sayers once wrote, "What is repugnant to every human being is to be reckoned always as a member of a class and not as an individual person." The key word there is always: to be " a member of a class" Is sometimes useful, often necessary, but intolerably offensive as a universal practice. #Quote by Alan Jacobs
Skepticism quotes by Unknown
#7. Large skepticism leads to large understanding. Small skepticism leads to small understanding. No skepticism leads to no understanding. #Quote by Unknown
Skepticism quotes by David Hume
#8. In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence. #Quote by David Hume
Skepticism quotes by Robert Zubrin
#9. Like all cults, this new one adeptly represses heresy. . . . In defiance of the Western scientific tradition, which maintains that skepticism of inferences drawn from observation is always in order, and that all accepted conclusions are always subject to review and potential overthrow by new data, the climate catastrophists insist that 'the science is settled' (science is never 'settled') and that therefore no debate, and no new data, can or should be entertained. Those wishing to advance theories or data contrary to the accepted orthodoxy are not merely wrong, but criminal 'deniers' who should be silenced, vilified, and if possible, prosecuted. #Quote by Robert Zubrin
Skepticism quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
#10. Skepticism is unbelief in cause and effect. #Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Skepticism quotes by Fredrik Backman
#11. Ove feels an instinctive skepticism towards all people taller than six feet; the blood can't quite make it all the way up to the brain. #Quote by Fredrik Backman
Skepticism quotes by Brian Spellman
#12. Self talk and self prayer: When you audible the first and correctly interpret, the white coats correct you in a nuthouse. When you audible the second and misinterpret, the dinner coats swear you to an oath in the White House. Does this make you nuts too? Then outfit your sanity seeking political asylum at my house. #Quote by Brian Spellman
Skepticism quotes by David Foster Wallace
#13. It's actually not true that our literary culture is nihilistic, at least not in the radical sense of Turgenev's Bazarov. For there are certain tendencies we believe are bad, qualities we hate and fear. Among these are sentimentality, naivete, archaism, fanaticism. It would probably be better to call our own art's culture now one of congenital skepticism. Our intelligentsia distrust strong belief, open conviction. Material passion is one thing, but idealogical passion disgusts us on some deep level. We believe that ideology is now the province of the rival SIGs and PACs all trying to get their slice of the big green pie...and, looking around us, we see that indeed it is so. But Frank's Dostoevsky would point out (or more like hop up and down and shake his fist and fly at us and shout) that if this is so, it's at least partly because we have abandoned the field. That we've abandoned it to fundamentalists whose pitiless rigidity and eagerness to judge show that they're clueless about the "Christian values" they would impose on others. #Quote by David Foster Wallace
Skepticism quotes by John Ortberg
#14. Skepticism can keep us from blessing, can keep us trapped in two minds. #Quote by John Ortberg
Skepticism quotes by Ralph Barton Perry
#15. I prefer credulity to skepticism and cynicism for there is more promise in almost anything than in nothing at all. #Quote by Ralph Barton Perry
Skepticism quotes by David Ignatius
#16. Bob Gates has unusual standing in the debate about the Obama administration's foreign policy: He was defense secretary for both a hawkish President George W. Bush and a wary President Obama. He understood Bush's desire to project power and Obama's skepticism. #Quote by David Ignatius
Skepticism quotes by Marianne Williamson
#17. The implication was that if you had any skepticism whatsoever, you were anti-science. I think there's a difference between having skepticism about science and having skepticism about the pharmaceutical industry. #Quote by Marianne Williamson
Skepticism quotes by Warwick Middleton
#18. It's been very interesting over the years just how many of those psychiatrists that were openly incredulous and dismissive have become stalwart admitants to the [trauma and dissociation] unit. In fact I can remember one psychiatrist ... this is going back more than a decade and a half ... it says something about the ambivalence about this area ... who rang me saying he doesn't believe that DID exists but nevertheless he's got a patient with it that he'd like to refer. That's called Psychiatrist Multiple Reality Disorder.
- 15 years as the director of a trauma and dissociation unit: Perspectives on Trauma-informed Care #Quote by Warwick Middleton
Skepticism quotes by David Allen
#19. Healthy skepticism is often the best way to glean the value of what's being presented - challenge it; prove it wrong, if you can. That creates engagement, which is the key to understanding. #Quote by David Allen
Skepticism quotes by Virginia Woolf
#20. The good citizen when he opens his door in the evening must be banker, golfer, husband, father; not a nomad wandering the desert, a mystic staring at the sky, a debauchee in the slums of San Francisco, a soldier heading a revolution, a pariah howling with skepticism and solitude. #Quote by Virginia Woolf
Skepticism quotes by G.K. Chesterton
#21. We are on the road to producing a race of men too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table. We are in danger of seeing philosophers who doubt the law of gravity as being a mere fancy of their own. Scoffers of old time were too proud to be convinced; but these are too humble to be convinced. #Quote by G.K. Chesterton
Skepticism quotes by Marty Rubin
#22. It's not true that skeptics consider nothing sacred. They consider freedom sacred. #Quote by Marty Rubin
Skepticism quotes by Carmine Savastano
#23. Believe what you wish, but prove what you can. #Quote by Carmine Savastano
Skepticism quotes by Kurt Vonnegut
#24. The German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, who had syphilis, said that only a person of deep faith could afford the luxury of religious skepticism. Humanists, by and large educated, comfortably middle-class persons with rewarding lives like mine, find rapture enough in secular knowledge and hope. Most people can't. #Quote by Kurt Vonnegut
Skepticism quotes by George Bernard Shaw
#25. I must remind you that our credulity is not to be measured by the truth of the things we believe. When men believed that the earthwas flat, they were not credulous: they were using their common sense, and, if asked to prove that the earth was flat, would have said simply, "Look at it." Those who refuse to believe that it is round are exercising a wholesome skepticism. #Quote by George Bernard Shaw
Skepticism quotes by Abraham Lincoln
#26. I am approached with the most opposite opinions and advice, and that by religious men, who are equally certain that they represent the Divine will. I am sure that either the one or the other is mistaken in that belief, and perhaps in some respects both. I hope it will not be irreverent for me to say that if it is probable that God would reveal his will to others, on a point so connected with my duty, it might be supposed he would reveal it directly to me; for, unless I am more deceived in myself than I often am, it is my earnest desire to know the will of Providence in this matter. And if I can learn what it is, I will do it! These are not, however, the days of miracles, and I suppose it will be granted that I am not to expect a direct revelation. I must study the plain, physical facts of the case, ascertain what is possible and learn what appears to be wise and right. #Quote by Abraham Lincoln
Skepticism quotes by J. Tillman
#27. My humor is my creativity, and my skepticism is a gift. #Quote by J. Tillman
Skepticism quotes by N. T. Wright
#28. Skepticism is no more "neutral" or "objective" than faith. It has thrived in the post-Enlightenment world, which didn't want God (or, in many cases, anyone else either) to be king. Saying this doesn't, of course, prove anything in itself. It just suggests that we keep an open mind and recognize that skepticism too comes with its own agenda. #Quote by N. T. Wright
Skepticism quotes by Sunday Adelaja
#29. When you become a transformer, you become faced with the challenge of skepticism #Quote by Sunday Adelaja
Skepticism quotes by Michael Shermer
#30. Skepticism is not a position that you stake out ahead of time and stick to no matter what. #Quote by Michael Shermer
Skepticism quotes by Walter Lippmann
#31. There is nothing disastrous in the temporary nature of our ideas. They are always that. But there may very easily be a train of evil in the self-deception which regards them as final. I think God will forgive us our skepticism sooner than our Inquisitions. #Quote by Walter Lippmann
Skepticism quotes by Robert G. Ingersoll
#32. The real bible is not the work of inspired men, nor prophets, nor apostles, nor evangelists, nor of Christs. Every man who finds a fact, adds, as it were, a word to this great book. It is not attested by prophecy, by miracles or signs. It makes no appeal to faith, to ignorance, to credulity or fear. It has no punishment for unbelief, and no reward for hypocrisy. It appeals to man in the name of demonstration. It has nothing to conceal. It has no fear of being read, of being contradicted, of being investigated and understood. It does not pretend to be holy, or sacred; it simply claims to be true. It challenges the scrutiny of all, and implores every reader to verify every line for himself. It is incapable of being blasphemed. This book appeals to all the surroundings of man. Each thing that exists testifies of its perfection. The earth, with its forests and plains, its rocks and seas; with its every wave and cloud; with its every leaf and bud and flower, confirms its every word, and the solemn stars, shining in the infinite abysses, are the eternal witnesses of its truth. #Quote by Robert G. Ingersoll
Skepticism quotes by Scott Adams
#33. Everyone, including skeptics, will generate delusions that match their views. That is how a normal and healthy brain works. Skeptics are not exempt from self-delusion. #Quote by Scott Adams
Skepticism quotes by Jennifer Michael Hecht
#34. Like belief, doubt takes a lot of different forms, from ancient Skepticism to modern scientific empiricism, from doubt in many gods to doubt in one God, to doubt that recreates and enlivens faith and doubt that is really disbelief. #Quote by Jennifer Michael Hecht
Skepticism quotes by Marty Rubin
#35. Never hold a belief longer than you can hold your breath. #Quote by Marty Rubin
Skepticism quotes by Robert L. Park
#36. Society, in fact, often holds it to be a virtue to adhere to certain beliefs in spite of evidence to the contrary. Belief in that which reason denies is associated with steadfastness and courage, while skepticism is often identified with cynicism and weak character. The more persuasive the evidence against a belief, the more virtuous it is deemed to persist in it. We honor faith. Faith can be a positive force, enabling people to persevere in the face of daunting odds, but the line between perseverance and fanaticism is perilously thin. Carried to extremes, faith becomes destructive - the residents of Jonestown for example, or the Heaven's Gate cult. In both cases, the faith of the believers was tested; in both cases, they passed the test. #Quote by Robert L. Park
Skepticism quotes by Diane Ravitch
#37. What should we think of someone who never admits error, never entertains doubt but adheres unflinchingly to the same ideas all his life, regardless of new evidence? Doubt and skepticism are signs of rationality. When we are too certain of our opinions, we run the risk of ignoring any evidence that conflicts with our views. It is doubt that shows we are still thinking, still willing to reexamine hardened beliefs when confronted with new facts and new evidence. #Quote by Diane Ravitch
Skepticism quotes by Robert G. Ingersoll
#38. Liberty a word without which all other words are vain. #Quote by Robert G. Ingersoll
Skepticism quotes by Massimo Pigliucci
#39. Given the power and influence that science increasingly has in our daily lives, it is important that we as citizens of an open and democratic society learn to separate good science from bunk. This is not just a matter of intellectual curiosity, as it affects where large portions of our tax money go, and in some cases even whether people's lives are lost as a result of nonsense. #Quote by Massimo Pigliucci
Skepticism quotes by John Cowper Powys
#40. The permanent mental attitude which the sensitive intelligence derives from philosophy is an attitude that combines extreme reverence with limitless skepticism. #Quote by John Cowper Powys
Skepticism quotes by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
#41. ...there being a god, that god must be worshiped. Worship means raising the god above the individual, and liturgies often make the point that the individual is less than nothing compared to the deity. If this be done, then, when the god is invoked, the individual has so little worth that he or she may be sacrificed for the needs of the god....
And who speaks for the god? If all people do, then no one does, and there is no god. If the people accept a priesthood, or the equivalent, then those priests exercise whatever power that god's believers grant that god over them, and that elite may cause an individual to be worth less, to be exiled, or even to die or to be killed. Yet such powers do not come from a deity.
In modern history and science, never has there been a verified occasion of a god appearing or demonstrating the powers ascribed throughout history to deities. Always, there is a prophet who speaks for the god. Why cannot the god speak? If a god is omnipotent, then the god can speak. If he cannot, then that god is not omnipotent. Often the prophets say that a god will only speak to the chosen, the worthy.
Should a people accept a god who is either too powerless to speak, or too devious and skeptical to appear? Or a god who will only accept those who swallow a faith laid out by a prophet who merely claims that deity exists - without proof? Yet people have done so, and have granted enormous powers to those who speak for god. #Quote by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Skepticism quotes by Lilian Jackson Braun
#42. I'm beginning to be skeptical of my own skepticism. #Quote by Lilian Jackson Braun
Skepticism quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
#43. God never jests with us, and will not compromise the end of nature, by permitting any inconsequence in its procession. #Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Skepticism quotes by Thomas Huxley
#44. What are the moral convictions most fondly held by barbarous and semi-barbarous people? They are the convictions that authority is the soundest basis of belief; that merit attaches to readiness to believe; that the doubting disposition is a bad one, and skepticism is a sin. #Quote by Thomas Huxley
Skepticism quotes by Rene Descartes
#45. In order to seek truth, it is necessary once in the course of our life to doubt, as far as possible, of all things. #Quote by Rene Descartes
Skepticism quotes by John Lewis Gaddis
#46. I expressed skepticism, in the first chapter, about the utility of time machines in historical research. I especially advised against graduate students relying on them, because of the limited perspective you tend to get from being plunked down in some particular part of the past, and the danger of not getting back in time for your orals. #Quote by John Lewis Gaddis
Skepticism quotes by Veronica Hollinger
#47. Being postmodern, however, is about being complicit rather than virtuous, it is about approaching categories like Good and Evil with a certain ironic skepticism. #Quote by Veronica Hollinger
Skepticism quotes by Leo Strauss
#48. There is a remarkable sentence of Pascal according to which we know too little to be dogmatists and too much to be skeptics, which expresses beautifully what Plato conveys through his dialogues. #Quote by Leo Strauss
Skepticism quotes by Arthur Levitt
#49. Investors should start with a view of skepticism. They should become intellectual investors rather than emotional investors. They should be careful, and they should be skeptical. #Quote by Arthur Levitt
Skepticism quotes by Marilynne Robinson
#50. And they want me to defend religion, and they want me to give them proofs. I just won't do it. It only confirms them in their skepticism. Because nothing true can be said a out God from a posture of defense. #Quote by Marilynne Robinson
Skepticism quotes by Bram Stoker
#51. You are clever man, friend John; you reason well, and your wit is bold; but you are too prejudiced. You do not let your eyes see nor your ears hear, and that which is outside your daily life is not of account to you. Do you not think that there are things which you cannot understand, and yet which are; that some people see things that others cannot? But there are things old and new which must not be contemplate by men's eyes, because they know – or think they know – some things which other men have told them. Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain. But yet we see around us every day the growth of new beliefs, which think themselves new; and which are yet but the old, which pretend to be young – like the fine ladies at the opera. #Quote by Bram Stoker
Skepticism quotes by Bart D. Ehrman
#52. Different authors have different points of view. You can't just say, 'I believe in the Bible. #Quote by Bart D. Ehrman
Skepticism quotes by J.S.B. Morse
#53. The only valid faith today is disbelief. #Quote by J.S.B. Morse
Skepticism quotes by Langdon Brown Gilkey
#54. Enforced religion breeds precisely what it most fears: rebellion against religion, cynicism about religion, skepticism about its claims, and, as a consequence, indifference at best or outright antipathy at worst. #Quote by Langdon Brown Gilkey
Skepticism quotes by Dixie Lee Ray
#55. It is the press that has taken these charges and accusations and blown them up without any kind of skepticism whatsoever - blown them into realities and treated them as if they were true. #Quote by Dixie Lee Ray
Skepticism quotes by Aldous Huxley
#56. What's the greatest enemy of Christianity to-day? Frozen meat. In the past only members of the upper classes were thoroughly sceptical, despairing, negative. Why? Among other reasons, because they were the only people who could afford to eat too much meat. Now there's cheap Canterbury lamb and Argentine chilled beef. Even the poor can afford to poison themselves into complete scepticism and despair. #Quote by Aldous Huxley
Skepticism quotes by Albert Einstein
#57. No matter how we may single out a complex from nature ... its theoretical treatment will never prove to be ultimately conclusive ... I believe that this process of deepening of theory has no limits. #Quote by Albert Einstein
Skepticism quotes by Austin O'Malley
#58. You cannot knock a man down who will not stand up, nor argue with a skeptic. #Quote by Austin O'Malley
Skepticism quotes by Criss Jami
#59. Think outside the box? Indeed. But to add balance to that, one should not in the process forget what the inside of the box looks like as well. Those who are best at thinking outside the box do it not to puff themselves up, but to see how small they really are. As a contented fish in its fish tank appears to have a small, boring existence to us, imagine a larger, more perceptive kingdom (even by scientific taxonomy) to whom our contented existences may appear to be small and boring. This is where true creativity and massive perceptive abilities spawn a sense of intellectual humility; the kind which God adores. #Quote by Criss Jami
Skepticism quotes by Sarah Warden
#60. I thought that you would be frozen in awe when you found the sequence, when you heard a bird's song repeating my Morse code, my cry for help, my S.O.S, when you saw the same numbers in the petals of a flower and the structure of a pine cone, when you saw with your own eyes the interconnectedness of all things.
But I was wrong.
You searched for a male god, a creator, an intelligent designer, or you banished the beauty and mystery of the world beneath the cold concrete grave of closed-eye skepticism. The few of you who could still hear my music felt tortured and misunderstood; you reached out for any conspiracy theory large enough to explain your alienated despair, your sense that the Earth was dying and no one cared.
But listen to me -- you are not alone. Run your fingers through the grass and grab it in your fists, feel my pulse echoing through your blood. You. Are. Not. Alone. And I -- I am not dead yet. #Quote by Sarah Warden
Skepticism quotes by Adam Phillips
#61. Satisfaction is no more the solution to frustration than certainty is the solution to skepticism. #Quote by Adam Phillips
Skepticism quotes by Ryszard Legutko
#62. The ideological man is thus both absolutely suspicious and absolutely enthusiastic. There seems to be no idea under the sun that he would not put into question and make an object of derision, skepticism, or contempt, no idea that he would not reduce to an offshoot of hidden instincts, mundane interests, biological drives, and psychological complexes. Hence he is likely to despise reason as an autonomous faculty, to downgrade lofty ideals, and to debunk the past, seeing everywhere the same ideological mystification. But at the same time, he lives in a constant state of mobilization for a better world. His mouth is full of noble slogans about brotherhood, freedom, and justice, and with every word he makes it clear that he knows which side is right and that he is ready to sacrifice his entire existence for the sake of its victory. The peculiar combination of both attitudes--merciless distrust and unwavering affirmation--gives him an incomparable sense of moral self-confidence and intellectual self-righteousness. #Quote by Ryszard Legutko
Skepticism quotes by Ryan Buell
#63. Having faith in the existence of the paranormal, like faith in anything, means believing that it can stand up to honest skepticism. #Quote by Ryan Buell
Skepticism quotes by Christine Feehan
#64. What the hell was he shooting at? You? Or the birds?'
'He fired off a few rounds at me, both from here and back there.' Lev turned to indicate the spot where the assailant stood. 'Then he was shooting at the owls.'
'The ones that attacked him.' There was open skepticism in Jonas's voice.
'I don't carry spare owl feathers in my pocket,' Levi said. #Quote by Christine Feehan
Skepticism quotes by Darrel Ray
#65. The best you can do as a parent is to expose your children to a wide range of religions. Rather than trying to "program them" to dislike religion, give them the tools to analyze it themselves. With the conceptual tools of critical thinking and skepticism, and adequate exposure to many religions, children are very likely eventually to conclude that all religion is crazy. #Quote by Darrel Ray
Skepticism quotes by William Barrett
#66. David Hume, in a moment of acute skepticism, felt panicky in the solitude of his study and had to go out and join his friends in the billiard room in order to be reassured that the external world was really there. #Quote by William Barrett
Skepticism quotes by Hannah Arendt
#67. The Catholic Church then owed its popularity to the widespread popular skepticism which saw in the republic and in democracy the loss of all order, security, and political will. To many the hierarchic system of the Church seemed the only escape from chaos. Indeed, it was this, rather than any religious revivalism, which caused the clergy to be held in respect.39 As a matter of fact, the staunchest supporters of the Church at that period were the exponents of that so-called "cerebral" Catholicism, the "Catholics without faith," who were henceforth to dominate the entire monarchist and extreme nationalist movement. Without believing in their other-worldly basis, these "Catholics" clamored for more power to all authoritarian institutions. This, indeed, had been the line first laid down by Drumont and later endorsed by Maurras.40 #Quote by Hannah Arendt
Skepticism quotes by Thomas Carlyle
#68. Skepticism, as I said, is not intellectual only; it is moral also; a chronic atrophy and disease of the whole soul. A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things. A sad case for him when all that he can manage to believe is something he can button in his pocket, and with one or the other organ eat and digest! Lower than that he will not get. #Quote by Thomas Carlyle
Skepticism quotes by Kurt Vonnegut
#69. The trouble with being a secular humanist is that we don't have a congregation. We don't meet so it's a very flimsy tribe, but there's a wonderful quotation from Nietzsche. Nietzsche said, Only a person of deep faith can afford the luxury of skepticism. Something perfectly is going on. I do not doubt it, but the explanations I hear do not satisfy me. #Quote by Kurt Vonnegut
Skepticism quotes by Marty Rubin
#70. Write something the skeptics will sneer at. #Quote by Marty Rubin
Skepticism quotes by Robert Jackson
#71. We are not final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because we are final. #Quote by Robert Jackson
Skepticism quotes by Steven Weinberg
#72. The fact that Newton and Michael Faraday and other scientists of the past were deeply religious shows that religious skepticism is not a prejudice that governed science from the beginning, but a lesson that has been learned through centuries of experience in the study of nature. #Quote by Steven Weinberg
Skepticism quotes by Steven Pinker
#73. It begins with skepticism.147 The history of human folly, and our own susceptibility to illusions and fallacies, tell us that men and women are fallible. One therefore ought to seek good reasons for believing something. #Quote by Steven Pinker
Skepticism quotes by D. J. Grothe
#74. Skepticism is forever whispering in your ears. You're very new at this. You may be mistaken. You've been wrong before. #Quote by D. J. Grothe
Skepticism quotes by Arthur C. Clarke
#75. I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical. #Quote by Arthur C. Clarke
Skepticism quotes by Anonymous
#76. Like Twitter, which faced much skepticism early on, Jelly has plenty of folks raising an eyebrow in its direction while trying to figure out what it's good for. #Quote by Anonymous
Skepticism quotes by Gregg Easterbrook
#77. The consensus of the scientific community has shifted from skepticism to near-unanimous acceptance of the evidence of an artificial greenhouse effect. Second, while artificial climate change may have some beneficial effects, the odds are we're not going to like it. Third, reducing emissions of greenhouse gases may turn out to be much more practical and affordable than currently assumed. #Quote by Gregg Easterbrook
Skepticism quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
#78. Skepticism is slow suicide. #Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Skepticism quotes by Arthur Conan Doyle
#79. Healthy scepticism is the basis of all accurate observation. #Quote by Arthur Conan Doyle
Skepticism quotes by Sheila Fitzpatrick
#80. This was an age of utopianism. Political leaders had utopian visions, and so did many citizens, especially the younger generation. The spirit is hard to capture in an age of skepticism, since utopianism, like revolution, is so unreasonable. #Quote by Sheila Fitzpatrick
Skepticism quotes by Julián Marías
#81. Nevertheless, a distinction must be made between skepticism as a philosophical thesis and skepticism as an attitude in life. As a philosophical thesis, it is a contradictory one, since it affirms the impossibility of knowing truth, although this affirmation itself claims to be true. Thus, skepticism as a thesis refutes itself in the very act of being formulated. The other aspect is different: this is the abstention from all judgments, skepticism in life, which neither affirms nor denies. This skepticism appears in history time and again, although here, too, it is doubtful whether human life can remain floating in this abstention without taking root in convictions. #Quote by Julián Marías
Skepticism quotes by Sam Harris
#82. It is also worth noting that one can obtain a Ph.D. in any branch of science for no other purpose than to make cynical use of scientific language in an effort to rationalize the glaring inadequacies of tbe Bible. A handful of Christians appear to have done this; some have even obtained their degrees from reputable universities. No doubt, others will follow in their footsteps. While such people are technically "scientists," they are not behaving like scientists. They simply are not engaged in an honest inquiry into the nature of the universe. And their proclamations about God and the failures of Darwinism do not in the least signify that there is a legitimate scientific controversy about evolution. #Quote by Sam Harris
Skepticism quotes by Christiaan Huygens
#83. I believe that we do not know anything for certain, but everything probably. #Quote by Christiaan Huygens
Skepticism quotes by George Will
#84. The strongest continuous thread in America's political tradition is skepticism about government. #Quote by George Will
Skepticism quotes by Pope John Paul II
#85. One of the most significant aspects of our current situation, it should be noted, is the "crisis of meaning." Perspectives on life and the world, often of a scientific temper, have so proliferated that we face an increasing fragmentation of knowledge. This makes the search for meaning difficult and often fruitless. Indeed, still more dramatically, in this maelstrom of data and facts in which we live and which seem to comprise the very fabric of life, many people wonder whether it still makes sense to ask about meaning. The array of theories which vie to give an answer, and the different ways of viewing and of interpreting the world of human life, serve only to aggravate this radical doubt, which can easily lead to skepticism, indifference or to various forms of nihilism. #Quote by Pope John Paul II
Skepticism quotes by George Stigler
#86. The number of saintly men has not yet risen to the level where the census makes them a separate statistical category. #Quote by George Stigler
Skepticism quotes by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
#87. I simply go with what works. And what works is the healthy skepticism embodied in the scientific method. Believe me, if the Bible had ever been shown to be a rich source of scientific answers and enlightenment, we would be mining it daily for cosmic discovery. #Quote by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Skepticism quotes by Maajid Nawaz
#88. No idea is above scrutiny and no people are beneath dignity. #Quote by Maajid Nawaz
Skepticism quotes by Albert Einstein
#89. Those whose acquaintance with scientific research is derived chiefly from its practical results easily develop a completely false notion of the mentality of the men who, surrounded by a skeptical world, have shown the way to kindred spirits scattered wide through the world and through the centuries. Only one who has devoted his life to similar ends can have a vivid realization of what has inspired these men and given them the strength to remain true to their purpose in spite of countless failures. It is cosmic religious feeling that gives a man such strength. A contemporary has said, not unjustly, that in this materialistic age of ours the serious scientific workers are the only profoundly religious people. #Quote by Albert Einstein
Skepticism quotes by Alan Bradley
#90. O, how I wish I could have conducted a chemical analysis on the look Inspector Hewitt gave me! It was composed of equal parts skepticism, outrage, acceptance, gratitude, relief, and surrender. I had never seen anything quite like it. #Quote by Alan Bradley
Skepticism quotes by Sextus Empiricus
#91. Skepticism relieved two terrible diseases that afflicted mankind: anxiety and dogmatism. #Quote by Sextus Empiricus
Skepticism quotes by Carl Sagan
#92. Those who make uncritical observations or fraudulent claims lead us into error and deflect us from the major human goal of understanding how the world works. It is for this reason that playing fast and loose with the truth is a very serious matter. #Quote by Carl Sagan
Skepticism quotes by Nikki Giovanni
#93. The catchword I use with my classes is: The authority of the writer always overcomes the skepticism of the reader. #Quote by Nikki Giovanni
Skepticism quotes by Richard Feldman
#94. Almost all arguments for skepticism make reference to seemingly ridiculous possibilities - we are being deceived by an evil demon, life is just a dream, we are brains in vats. You might propose psychoanalysis, rather than philosophical reflection, for anyone who worries about these possibilities. #Quote by Richard Feldman
Skepticism quotes by Jake Busey
#95. I'm looking at everything with a clear eye and an attitude of acceptance rather than skepticism. I realized, this isn't a career - this is my life. This is what I do. It doesn't matter what the size of the role is. It matter that you're enjoying yourself. And I'm loving it. #Quote by Jake Busey
Skepticism quotes by Robert G. Ingersoll
#96. No one, in the world's whole history, ever attempted to substantiate a truth by a miracle. Truth scorns the assistance of miracle. Nothing but falsehood ever attested itself by signs and wonders. No miracle ever was performed, and no sane man ever thought he had performed one, and until one is performed, there can be no evidence of the existence of any power superior to, and independent of nature. #Quote by Robert G. Ingersoll
Skepticism quotes by Hermann Hesse
#97. No, Steppenwolf's look penetrated our whole age. It saw through all its hustle and bustle, all its pushy ambition, all its conceitedness, the whole superficial comedy of its shallow, self-important intellectualism. And sad to say, his look penetrated deeper still, well beyond the mere deficiencies and hopeless inadequacies of our age, our intellectualism and our culture. It went right to the heart of all things human. In a single second it eloquently expressed all the skepticism of a thinker - and perhaps of one in the know - as to the dignity and meaning of human life as such. He look seemed to say: ' Don't you see what apes we are? That's what human beings are like, just take a look!' and all celebrity, all cleverness, all intellectual achievements, all humanity's attempts to create something sublime, great and enduring were reduced to a fairground farce. #Quote by Hermann Hesse
Skepticism quotes by J.D. Greear
#98. In a post-Christian, skeptical age, love on display is the most convincing apologetic. #Quote by J.D. Greear
Skepticism quotes by Theodore Dalrymple
#99. This posture of skepticism towards the classics displays a profound misjudg- ment. For the great works of Western culture are remarkable for the dis- tance that they maintained from the norms and orthodoxies that gave birth to them. Only a very shallow reading of Chaucer or Shakespeare would see those writers as endorsing the societies in which they lived, or would over- look the far more important fact that their works hold mankind to the light of moral judgment, and examine, with all the love and all the pity that it calls for, the frailty of human nature. It is precisely the aspiration towards universal truth, towards a God's-eye perspective on the human condition, that is the hallmark of Western culture. #Quote by Theodore Dalrymple
Skepticism quotes by Kaoru Kurimoto
#100. [Rinda] often worried how she might make the coward she saw [in Remus] into a brave warrior, and someday, a king -- a task which she felt was her responsibility. Rinda had not yet realized that sometimes courage is the same thing as folly and that sometimes a skepticism bordering on her blindness to her brother's strengths was a result of her own sensitivity. #Quote by Kaoru Kurimoto
Skepticism quotes by A.O. Scott
#101. Campaign may invite a certain skepticism about democracy, but it will surely restore your faith in cinema verite. #Quote by A.O. Scott
Skepticism quotes by Edwin Hubbel Chapin
#102. Skepticism has never founded empires, established principals, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith. #Quote by Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Skepticism quotes by Richard Dawkins
#103. The fact that we can neither prove nor disprove the existence of something does not put existence and non-existence on an even footing. #Quote by Richard Dawkins
Skepticism quotes by Barack Obama
#104. What Reagan ushered in was a skepticism toward government solutions to every problem. I don't think that has changed #Quote by Barack Obama
Skepticism quotes by Ta-Nehisi Coates
#105. This feeling African-Americans have, this skepticism towards the police and the skepticism that the police show towards African-Americans is actually quite old. And it may be one of the most durable aspects of the relationship between black people and their country really in our history. #Quote by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Skepticism quotes by Immanuel Kant
#106. We assume a common sense as the necessary condition of the universal communicability of our knowledge, which is presupposed in every logic and every principle of knowledge that is not one of skepticism. #Quote by Immanuel Kant
Skepticism quotes by Ian McEwan
#107. In fact, as I get older, I begin to feel that actually what we need more in the world is doubt; more skepticism, less crazed certainty ... People who know the answer and are going to impose it on everybody else, I think, are terrifying people. #Quote by Ian McEwan
Skepticism quotes by Susan Ee
#108. Why not?" He sounds resigned. "Might as well fly into the heart of the enemy where the primitive natives can tear me to pieces, sell my body parts for money, and grind the rest to be consumed in teas for sexual potency." I tighten my arms around his neck. "We're not that primitive anymore." He arches his perfect eyebrow at me, sending waves of skepticism. "We have Viagra now." He gives me a sideways glance #Quote by Susan Ee
Skepticism quotes by Milan Kundera
#109. Human life is bounded by two chasms: fanaticism on one side, absolute skepticism on the other. #Quote by Milan Kundera
Skepticism quotes by Rod Dreher
1. We are conservatives who stand outside the conservative mainstream; therefore, we can see things that matter more clearly.
2. Modern conservatism has become too focused on money, power, and the accumulation of stuff, and insufficiently concerned with the content of our individual and social character.
3. Big business deserves as much skepticism as big government.
4. Culture is more important than politics and economics.
5. A conservatism that does not practice restraint, humility, and good stewardship - especially of the natural world - is not fundamentally conservative.
6. Small, Local, Old, and Particular are almost always better than Big, Global, New, and Abstract.
7. Beauty is more important than efficiency.
8. The relentlessness of media-driven pop culture deadens our senses to authentic truth, beauty, and wisdom.
9. We share Russell Kirk's conviction that "the institution most essential to conserve is the family. #Quote by Rod Dreher
Skepticism quotes by Nate Silver
#111. I view my role now as providing more of a macro-level skepticism, rather than saying this poll is good or this poll is evil. #Quote by Nate Silver
Skepticism quotes by G.K. Chesterton
#112. Surely we cannot take an open question like the supernatural and shut it with a bang, turning the key of the madhouse on all the mystics of history. You cannot take the region of the unknown and calmly say that, though you know nothing about it, you know all the gates are locked. We do not know enough about the unknown to know that it is unknowable. #Quote by G.K. Chesterton
Skepticism quotes by Felix Rohatyn
#113. What is desperately needed ... is the skepticism and the sense of history that a liberal arts education provides. #Quote by Felix Rohatyn
Skepticism quotes by G.K. Chesterton
#114. You've got to understand one of the tricks of the modern mind, a tendency that most people obey without noticing it. In the village or suburb outside there's an inn with the sign of St. George and the Dragon. Now suppose I went about telling everybody that this was only a corruption of King George and the Dragoon. Scores of people would believe it, without any inquiry, from a vague feeling that it's probable because it's prosaic. It turns something romantic and legendary into something recent and ordinary. And that somehow makes it sound rational, though it is unsupported by reason. Of course some people would have the sense to remember having seen St. George in old Italian pictures and French romances, but a good many wouldn't think about it at all. They would just swallow the skepticism because it was skepticism. Modern intelligence won't accept anything on authority. But it will accept anything without authority. That's exactly what has happened here. #Quote by G.K. Chesterton
Skepticism quotes by Tim Krieder
#115. If your job wasn't performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I'm not sure I believe it's necessary #Quote by Tim Krieder
Skepticism quotes by Ben Goldacre
#116. In the past, [medicalization]has been portrayed as something that doctors inflict on a passive and un-suspecting world - an expansion of the Medical Empire. But in reality, it seems that these reductionist bio-medical stories can appeal to us all, because complex problems often have depressingly-complex causes, and the solutions can be taxing, and unsatisfactory. #Quote by Ben Goldacre
Skepticism quotes by John Charles Polanyi
#117. [Intellectual courage is] the quality that allows one to believe in one's judgement in the face of disappointment and widespread skepticism. Intellectual courage is even rarer than physical courage. #Quote by John Charles Polanyi
Skepticism quotes by Kathy Reichs
#118. Though a good cop, Luc Claudel has the patience of a firecracker, the sensitivity of Vlad the Impaler, and a persistent skepticism as to the value of forensic anthropology.
Snappy dresser, though. #Quote by Kathy Reichs
Skepticism quotes by Reinhold Niebuhr
#119. Extreme orthodoxy betrays by its very frenzy that the poison of skepticism has entered the soul of the church; for men insist most vehemently upon their certainties when their hold upon them has been shaken. Frantic orthodoxy is a method for obscuring doubt. #Quote by Reinhold Niebuhr
Skepticism quotes by William Mackergo Taylor
#120. The lack of brotherhood among believers themselves has paralyzed the church in front of the skepticism and immorality of the world; but when we go back in simple faith to the one great fact of our redemption, we shall be both brought into closer fellowship with each other, and stimulated to more tender regard for the salvation of men. #Quote by William Mackergo Taylor
Skepticism quotes by Emil Cioran
#121. The idle apprehend more things, are deeper than the industrious: no task limits their horizon; born into an eternal Sunday, they watch- - and watch themselves watching. Sloth is a somatic skepticism, the way the flesh doubts. In a world of inaction, the idle would be the only ones not to be murderers. But they do not belong to humanity, and, sweat not being their strong point, they live without suffering the consequences of Life and of Sin. Doing neither good nor evil, they disdain - spectators of the human convulsion - the weeks of time, the efforts which asphyxiate consciousness. What would they have to fear from a limitless extension of certain afternoons except the regret of having supported a crudely elementary obviousness? Then, exasperation in the truth might induce them to imitate the others and to indulge in the degrading temptation of tasks. This is the danger which threatens sloth, that miraculous residue of paradise. #Quote by Emil Cioran
Skepticism quotes by A.A. Milne
#122. Washing, this modern behind the ears nonsense. #Quote by A.A. Milne
Skepticism quotes by Michael Crichton
#123. I believe the experiences reported in this book are reproducible by anyone who wishes to try.
I went to Africa. You can go to Africa. You may have trouble arranging the time or the money, but everybody has trouble arranging something. I believe you can travel anywhere if you want to badly enough.
And I believe the same is true of inner travel. You don't have to take my word about chakras or healing energy or auras. You can find about them for yourself if you want to. Don't take my word for it.
Be as skeptical as you like.
Find out for yourself. #Quote by Michael Crichton
Skepticism quotes by Aron Ra
#124. Most reject the more repugnant or indefensible dogmas while still holding onto some core belief. Many believers will proudly describe themselves as "reasonable" or "rational" based on how little of their religion they still embrace versus how much they now reject. I think it's funny when people realize that the less you believe the more reasonable you are, but they stop before they reach the logical conclusion. #Quote by Aron Ra
Skepticism quotes by Christopher Hitchens
#125. The high ambition, therefore, seems to me to be this: That one should strive to combine the maximum of impatience with the maximum of skepticism, the maximum of hatred of injustice and irrationality with the maximum of ironic self-criticism. This would mean really deciding to learn from history rather than invoking or sloganising it. #Quote by Christopher Hitchens
Skepticism quotes by Demosthenes
#126. There are all kinds of devices invented for the protection and preservation of countries: defensive barriers, forts, trenches, and the like ... But prudent minds have as a natural gift one safeguard which is the common possession of all, and this applies especially to the dealings of democracies. What is this safeguard? Skepticism. This you must preserve. This you must retain. If you can keep this, you need fear no harm. #Quote by Demosthenes
Skepticism quotes by Will Durant
#127. Centripetal organization unifying a culture in all its phases into a unique, coherent, and artistic form; the other a period of centrifugal disorganization in which creed and culture decompose in division and criticism, and end in a chaos of individualism, skepticism, and artistic aberrations. #Quote by Will Durant
Skepticism quotes by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#128. ... skepticism is a way of freeing the dogmatic mind, and that's where its value lies. #Quote by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Skepticism quotes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
#129. As I got her to explain to other people her evidence about the lack of effectiveness of funding formal education, one person got frustrated with our skepticism. Wolf's answer to him was "real education is this," pointing at the room full of people chatting. Accordingly, I am not saying that knowledge is not important; the skepticism in this discussion applies to the brand of commoditized, prepackaged, and pink-coated knowledge, stuff one can buy in the open market and use for self-promotion. #Quote by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Skepticism quotes by David Einhorn
#130. On my best days, I fancy myself a combination of Dad's persistence/patience and Mom's toughness/skepticism. #Quote by David Einhorn
Skepticism quotes by Victor Hugo
#131. Though one believes in nothing, there are moments in life when one accepts the religion of the temple nearest at hand. #Quote by Victor Hugo
Skepticism quotes by Daphne Merkin
#132. How much simpler it would be all around if you could put your mind in a cast, like a broken ankle, and elicit murmurings of sympathy from other people instead of skepticism ("You can't really be feeling as bad as all that") and in some cases outright hostility ("Maybe if you stopped thinking about yourself so much "). #Quote by Daphne Merkin
Skepticism quotes by William Osler
#133. One special advantage of the skeptical attitude of mind is that a man is never vexed to find that after all he has been in the wrong. #Quote by William Osler
Skepticism quotes by Louis Menand
#134. A person whose financial requirements are modest and whose curiosity, skepticism and indifference to reputation are outsized is a person at risk of becoming a journalist. #Quote by Louis Menand
Skepticism quotes by Chip Heath
#135. The most important lesson to learn about devil's advocacy isn't the need for a formal contrarian position; it's the need to interpret criticism as a noble function. An effective promotor fidei is not a token argumentative smarty-pants; it's someone who deeply respects the Catholic Church and is trying to defend the faith by surfacing contrary arguments in situations where skepticism is unlikely to surface naturally. #Quote by Chip Heath
Skepticism quotes by Anthony Standen
#136. There are science teachers who actually claim that they teach "a healthy skepticism." They do not. They teach a profound gullibility, and their dupes, trained not to think for themselves, will swallow any egregious rot, provided it is dressed up with long words and an affectation of objectivity to make it sound scientific. #Quote by Anthony Standen
Skepticism quotes by Bertrand Russell
#137. Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance. #Quote by Bertrand Russell
Skepticism quotes by Katharine Ashe
#138. Can - " She caught her lip in her teeth. "Can you tell me . . . ? How does one breathe?"
Very unsteadily while those eyes gazed up at him. "Breathe?"
"While kissing."
Not easy. He tried to moderate his voice. "In the usual manner, I imagine."
Her slender brows dipped.
"At opportune moments," he suggested.
Her lips twisted up in that manner he both dreaded and longed for.
"Through one's nose, perhaps," he said, because his only refuge was to continue speaking or to walk away.
"Really?" She appeared unconvinced.

And so, because her skepticism suited his need to have her lips beneath his again, he showed her how one breathed while kissing. To her soft gasp of surprise, he took her waist in his hands, bent to her mouth, and kissed her in truth this time. Her lips were warm and still, and then not still as he felt her eager beauty, tasted her, and made her respond.

She held back at first, and then she gave herself up to it. Her mouth opened to him as though by nature, offering him a sweet breath of the temptation within. If he'd gone seeking an innocent with more ready hunger he could not have found her. But he had not wanted an innocent. He'd wanted no one, yet here he was with his hands on a girl he could not release, his tongue tracing the seam of sweet, full lips that she parted for him willingly.
"Now, breathe," he whispered against those lips, then he sought her deeper. She made sounds of surrender in the ba #Quote by Katharine Ashe
Skepticism quotes by Flannery O'Connor
#139. There a series of Catholic rituals and teachings had offered her young life a coherent universe. By 1946, Savannah had for O'Connor ceded to the university world of Iowa, where new influences, including intellectual joys, brought with them questions and skepticism. #Quote by Flannery O'Connor
Skepticism quotes by H.L. Mencken
#140. As for Lindbergh, another eminent servant of science, all he proved by his gaudy flight across the Atlantic was that God takes care of those who have been so fortunate as to come into the world foolish. Expressing skepticism that adventure does not necessarily contribute to scientific knowledge. #Quote by H.L. Mencken
Skepticism quotes by Theophrastus
#141. Superstition would seem to be simply cowardice in regard to the supernatural. #Quote by Theophrastus
Skepticism quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
#142. The new statement is always hated by the old, and, to those dwelling in the old, comes like an abyss of skepticism. #Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Skepticism quotes by Rene Daumal
#143. If, on the way back from the Passage des Patriarches to my apartment near Saint-Germain-des-Prés, I had thought of examining myself like a transparent foreign body, I should have discovered one of the laws which governs the behavior of "featherless bipeds unequipped to conceive the number pi" - Father Sogol's definition of the species to which he, you, and I belong. This law might be termed: inner resonance to influences nearest at hand. The guides on Mount Analogue, who explained it to me later, called it simply the chameleon law. Father Sogol had really convinced me, and while he was talking to me, I was prepared to follow him in his crazy expedition. But as I neared home, where I could again find all my old habits, I imagined my colleagues at the office, the writers I knew, and my best friends listening to an account of the conversation I had just had. I could imagine their sarcasm, their skepticism, and their pity. I began to suspect myself of naiveté and credulity, so much so that when I tried to tell my wife about meeting Father Sogol, I caught myself using expressions like "a funny old fellow," "an unfrocked monk," "a slightly daffy inventor," "a crazy idea. #Quote by Rene Daumal
Skepticism quotes by Isaac Asimov
#144. It's not so much what you have to learn if you accept weird theories, it's what you have to UNlearn. #Quote by Isaac Asimov
Skepticism quotes by Remy De Gourmont
#145. To have a solid foundation of skepticism, -that is to say, the faculty of changing at any moment, of turning back, of facing successively the metamorphoses of life. #Quote by Remy De Gourmont
Skepticism quotes by Simone Weil
#146. The mind is not forced to believe in the existence of anything (subjectivism, absolute idealism, solipsism, skepticism: c.f. the Upanishads, the Taoists and Plato, who, all of them, adopt this philosophical attitude by way of purification). That is why the only organ of contact with existence is acceptance, love. That is why beauty and reality are identical. That is why joy and the sense of reality are identical. #Quote by Simone Weil
Skepticism quotes by Richard Feynman
#147. So my antagonist said, "Is it impossible that there are flying saucers? Can you prove that it's impossible?" "No", I said, "I can't prove it's impossible. It's just very unlikely". At that he said, "You are very unscientific. If you can't prove it impossible then how can you say that it's unlikely?" But that is the way that is scientific. It is scientific only to say what is more likely and what less likely, and not to be proving all the time the possible and impossible. #Quote by Richard Feynman
Skepticism quotes by Jeff Hawkins
#148. The way to eliminate the harm caused by stereotypes is to teach our children to recognize false stereotypes, to be empathetic, and to be skeptical. We need to promote these critical-thinking skills in addition to instilling the best values we know. Skepticism, the heart of the scientific method, is the only way we know how to ferret out fact from fiction. #Quote by Jeff Hawkins
Skepticism quotes by Michel De Montaigne
#149. Whoever will imagine a perpetual confession of ignorance, a judgment without leaning or inclination, on any occasion whatever, hasa conception of Pyrrhonism. #Quote by Michel De Montaigne
Skepticism quotes by Richard Rodriguez
#150. Those people who say that America is finite are some sense right. The environmental movement, for example, has a great wisdom to it: we need to protect, to preserve, to shelter as much as we need to develop. But I think this always has to be juxtaposed against the optimism of old, which is now represented in part by immigrants. I would like to see America achieve a kind of balance between optimism and tragedy, between possibility and skepticism. #Quote by Richard Rodriguez
Skepticism quotes by Steven Novella
#151. Questioning our own motives, and our own process, is critical to a skeptical and scientific outlook. We must realize that the default mode of human psychology is to grab onto comforting beliefs for purely emotional reasons, and then justify those beliefs to ourselves with post-hoc rationalizations. - Steven Novella #Quote by Steven Novella
Skepticism quotes by Thomas L. Thompson
#152. The linguistic and literary reality of the biblical tradition is folkloristic in essence. The concept of a benei Israel ... is a reflection of no sociopolitical entity of the historical state of Israel of the Assyrian period #Quote by Thomas L. Thompson
Skepticism quotes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
#153. Realism is punishing. Probabilistic skepticism is worse. #Quote by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Skepticism quotes by Bernard J.F. Lonergan
#154. To demand the absolute and to be content with absolutely nothing else results in a skepticism. #Quote by Bernard J.F. Lonergan
Skepticism quotes by Chris Mooney
#155. Even if individual researchers are prone to falling in love with their own theories, the broader process of peer review and institutionalized skepticism are designed to ensure that, eventually, the best ideas prevail. #Quote by Chris Mooney
Skepticism quotes by Mark Crutchfield
#156. For the New Age community, 'ancient' knowledge is always considered unimpeachable and unimprovable, just as a diverse range of beliefs from Eastern mysticism to UFOs, energy dowsing to cryptozoology, are - though mutually contradictory - unquestionably accepted in the name of open-mindedness. #Quote by Mark Crutchfield
Skepticism quotes by Richard L. Bushman
#157. The Book of Mormon proposes a new purpose for America: becoming a realm of righteousness rather than an empire of liberty. Against increasing wealth and inequality, the Book of Mormon advocates the cause of the poor. Against the subjection of the Indians, it promises the continent to the native people. Against republican government, it proposes righteous rule by judges and kings under God's law. Against a closed canon Bible and non-miraculous religion, the Book of Mormon stands for ongoing revelation, miracles and revelation to all nations. Against skepticism, it promotes belief; against nationalism, a universal Israel. It foresees disaster for the nation if the love of riches, resistance to revelation, and Gentile civilization prevail over righteousness, revelation and Israel. #Quote by Richard L. Bushman
Skepticism quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche
#158. Great intellects are skeptical. #Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche
Skepticism quotes by Elisabeth Elliot
#159. The believer alone will be able to hear the call. It comes from beyond ourselves, beyond our society, beyond the climate of opinion and prejudice and rebellion and skepticism in which we live, and beyond our time and taste. It draws toward the center of all things, that still place of which T.S. Eliot wrote :
Against the Word the unstilled world still whirled
About the centre of the silent Word. #Quote by Elisabeth Elliot
Skepticism quotes by Sam Walker
#160. It should come as no surprise that Berra, or any athlete who makes it to the highest levels of sports, was unusually determined. But the brand of perseverance Berra, Shelford, Puyol, and the other Tier One captains showed is peculiar, even among the elite. The main point of difference is that their natural ability seemed to bear no relation to the size of their accomplishments. Something enabled them to set aside their limitations and tune out the skepticism from their critics. But what was it? What allows some people to press on until they achieve mastery? - #Quote by Sam Walker
Skepticism quotes by Darrell Calkins
#161. Perhaps the best we can do is to work to uphold the human virtues and qualities we most value, even in the face of everyone's cynicism, skepticism and distrust, including our own. #Quote by Darrell Calkins
Skepticism quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#162. Writing is my greatest adventure as it takes me deep into the psychology of the self, the dark woods containing entombed skeleton of a former self, and the secrets of a future self. Until I demystify all aspects of being, I will be forevermore chasing an enigmatic persona, and living with an unholy pack of insecurities, self-doubts, and unchecked skepticism and pessimism. Until I discover how to preserve the independence of solitude, I will always doubt myself and live an anxious and worrisome life. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Skepticism quotes by Clarence Darrow
#163. The fear of God is not the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God is the death of wisdom. Skepticism and doubt lead to study and investigation, and investigation is the beginning of wisdom. #Quote by Clarence Darrow
Skepticism quotes by Odysseus Elytis
#164. You'll come to learn a great deal if you study the Insignificant in depth #Quote by Odysseus Elytis
Skepticism quotes by J. L. Mackie
#165. It is absurd to try to confine our knowledge and belief to matters which are conclusively established by sound deductive arguments. The demand for certainty will inevitably be disappointed, leaving skepticism in command of almost every issue. #Quote by J. L. Mackie
Skepticism quotes by Robert MacNeil
#166. Well, I had a small degree, that little infection of skepticism about America which resides in the minds of even America's closest friends. That America can't be quite as good as it says it is. And why does it need so relentlessly to keep saying how good it is? #Quote by Robert MacNeil
Skepticism quotes by Thomas Clifford Allbutt
#167. Another source of fallacy is the vicious circle of illusions which consists on the one hand of believing what we see, and on the other in seeing what we believe. #Quote by Thomas Clifford Allbutt
Skepticism quotes by Richelle Mead
#168. The following morning, after those goals were met, Marcus and I were back on the road, off to the Potato State.

"Gem State," Marcus corrected when he heard me call it that on our drive.


"Idaho's the Gem State, not the Potato State."

"Are you sure?" I asked, making no attempt to hide my skepticism. "I hear about Idaho potatoes all the time. No one's ever like, 'Wow, my engagement ring has a rare Idaho diamond in it.'"

A smile played on his lips as he kept his eyes on the road. "Pretty sure," he said.

I wasn't masochistic enough to argue random trivia with a former Alchemist, but when we crossed the border into Idaho and started seeing license plates that said FAMOUS POTATOES, I felt pretty confident about who was in the right on this topic. #Quote by Richelle Mead
Skepticism quotes by Carl Sagan
#169. I don't think science is hard to teach because humans aren't ready for it, or because it arose only through a fluke, or because, by and large, we don't have the brainpower to grapple with it. Instead, the enormous zest for science that I see in first-graders and the lesson from the remnant hunter-gatherers both speak eloquently: A proclivity for science is embedded deeply within us, in all times, places, and cultures. It has been the means for our survival. It is our birthright. When, through indifference, inattention, incompetence, or fear of skepticism, we discourage children from science, we are disenfranchising them, taking from them the tools needed to manage their future. #Quote by Carl Sagan
Skepticism quotes by Amy LaPalme
#170. Can you really talk to the dead?" She gave me the look that I was familiar with by now: equal parts derision, skepticism, and curiosity. "How much would it be? I mean, how much do you charge? #Quote by Amy LaPalme
Skepticism quotes by Robertson Davies
#171. These matters require what I think of as the Shakespearean cast of thought. That is to say, a fine credulity about everything, kept in check by a lively skepticism about everything ... It keeps you constantly alert to every possibility. #Quote by Robertson Davies
Skepticism quotes by Stephen Colbert
#172. I am no fan of books. And chances are, if you're reading this, you and I share a healthy skepticism about the printed word. Well, I want you to know that this is the first book I've ever written, and I hope it's the first book you've ever read. Don't make a habit of it. #Quote by Stephen Colbert
Skepticism quotes by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
#173. Superstition is rooted in a much deeper and more sensitive layer of the psyche than skepticism. #Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Skepticism quotes by Greg Graffin
#174. I definitely was attracted to similar things in punk and science. They both depend on a healthy dose of skepticism. #Quote by Greg Graffin
Skepticism quotes by Thomas Griffith
#175. Its attitude, which it has preached and practiced, is skepticism. Now, it finds, the public is applying that skepticism to the press. #Quote by Thomas Griffith
Skepticism quotes by Seth Klarman
#176. The latest trade of a security creates a dangerous illusion that its market price approximates its true value. This mirage is especially dangerous during periods of market exuberance. The concept of "private market value" as an anchor to the proper valuation of a business can also be greatly skewed during ebullient times and should always be considered with a healthy degree of skepticism. #Quote by Seth Klarman
Skepticism quotes by Joseph Conrad
#177. Skepticism is the tonic of the mind . #Quote by Joseph Conrad
Skepticism quotes by George H. Smith
#178. It is my firm conviction that man has nothing to gain, emotionally or otherwise, by adhering to a falsehood, regardless of how comfortable or sacred that falsehood may appear. Anyone who claims, on the one hand, that he is concerned with human welfare, and who demands, on the other hand, that man must suspend or renounce the use of his reason, is contradicting himself.
There can be no knowledge of what is good for man apart from knowledge of reality and human nature, and there is no manner in which this knowledge can be acquired except through reason. To advocate irrationality is to advocate that which is destructive to human life. #Quote by George H. Smith
Skepticism quotes by Thomm Quackenbush
#179. Take it with a whole shaker of salt, a grain won't be close to enough. #Quote by Thomm Quackenbush
Skepticism quotes by Immanuel Kant
#180. Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free-thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally; as well as of idealism and skepticism, which are dangerous chiefly to the Schools, and hardly allow of being handed on to the public. #Quote by Immanuel Kant
Skepticism quotes by Chila Woychik
#181. God, O God, where art thou? Thou art as distant to me as the lady combing rice in the Yunnan Province of China or a piece of floating space debris circling Pegasi. In this feeling-dead world of post traumatic stress, skepticism is king, queen, and court jester. #Quote by Chila Woychik
Skepticism quotes by Ben Ehrenreich
#182. Unanimity makes me itchy. It almost always hides a grave. I started digging. #Quote by Ben Ehrenreich
Skepticism quotes by Kiera Cass
#183. He gave a dark chuckle. "But you're not, so you had absolutely no qualms about kneeing me in the groin, right?"
"I hit your thigh!"
"Oh, please. A man doesn't need that long to recover from a knee to the thigh," he replied, his voice full of skepticism. #Quote by Kiera Cass
Skepticism quotes by Bertrand Russell
#184. My desire and wish is that the things I start with should be so obvious that you wonder why I spend my time stating them. This is what I aim at because the point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. #Quote by Bertrand Russell
Skepticism quotes by C.A.A. Savastano
#185. Those who question nothing are content with ignorance. #Quote by C.A.A. Savastano
Skepticism quotes by Richard Paul Evans
#186. Dance. Dance for the joy and breath of childhood. Dance for all children, including that child who is still somewhere entombed beneath the responsibility and skepticism of adulthood. Embrace the moment before it escapes from our grasp. For the only promise of childhood, of any childhood, is that it will someday end. And in the end, we must ask ourselves what we have given our children to take its place. And is it enough? #Quote by Richard Paul Evans
Skepticism quotes by Philip K. Dick
#187. David Hume, the great­est skep­tic of them all, once remarked that after a gath­er­ing of skep­tics met to pro­claim the verac­i­ty of skep­ti­cism as a phi­los­o­phy, all of the mem­bers of the gath­er­ing nonethe­less left by the door rather than the win­dow. I see Hume's point. It was all just talk. The solemn philoso­phers weren't tak­ing what they said seri­ous­ly. #Quote by Philip K. Dick
Skepticism quotes by Carl Sagan
#188. It may be that there are kernels of truth in a few of these doctrines, but their widespread acceptance
betokens a lack of intellectual rigor, an absence of skepticism, a need to replace experiments by desires. #Quote by Carl Sagan
Skepticism quotes by George Santayana
#189. There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far. #Quote by George Santayana
Skepticism quotes by James Randi
#190. No amount of belief makes something a fact. #Quote by James Randi
Skepticism quotes by Mason Cooley
#191. Skepticism may undermine beliefs, but never belief. #Quote by Mason Cooley
Skepticism quotes by G.K. Chesterton
#192. Suppose that a great commotion arises in the street about something, let us say a lamp-post, which many influential persons desire to pull down. A grey-clad monk, who is the spirit of the Middle Ages, is approached upon the matter, and begins to say, in the arid manner of the Schoolmen, "Let us first of all consider, my brethren, the value of Light. If Light be in itself good--" At this point he is somewhat excusably knocked down. All the people make a rush for the lamp-post, the lamp-post is down in ten minutes, and they go about congratulating each other on their unmediaeval practicality. But as things go on they do not work out so easily. Some people have pulled the lamp-post down because they wanted the electric light; some because they wanted old iron; some because they wanted darkness, because their deeds were evil. Some thought it not enough of a lamp-post, some too much; some acted because they wanted to smash municipal machinery; some because they wanted to smash something. And there is war in the night, no man knowing whom he strikes. So, gradually and inevitably, to-day, to-morrow, or the next day, there comes back the conviction that the monk was right after all, and that all depends on what is the philosophy of Light. Only what we might have discussed under the gas-lamp, we now must discuss in the dark. #Quote by G.K. Chesterton
Skepticism quotes by Robert G. Ingersoll
#193. The glory of science is, that it is freeing the soul
breaking the mental manacles
getting the brain out of bondage
giving courage to thought
filling the world with mercy, justice, and joy. #Quote by Robert G. Ingersoll
Skepticism quotes by Wendy Kaminer
#194. The magical thinking encouraged by any belief in the supernatural, combined with the vilification of rationality and skepticism, is more conducive to conspiracy theories than it is to productive political debate. #Quote by Wendy Kaminer
Skepticism quotes by Carl Sagan
#195. Why does Alexander the Great never tell us about the exact location of his tomb, Fermat about his Last Theorem, John Wilkes Booth about the Lincoln assassination conspiracy, Hermann Göring about the Reichstag fire? Why don't Sophocles, Democritus, and Aristarchus dictate their lost books? #Quote by Carl Sagan
Skepticism quotes by DeAnne Blanton And Lauren M. Cook
#196. Indeed, women like Peterman who admitted they joined the army for adventure as opposed to patriotism or love were often viewed with skepticism and derision by the press because their actions and motivations failed to conform to accepted romantic and cultural ideals. #Quote by DeAnne Blanton And Lauren M. Cook
Skepticism quotes by Bertrand Russell
#197. We must be skeptical even of our skepticism. #Quote by Bertrand Russell
Skepticism quotes by Thomas Nagel
#198. My skepticism is not based on religious belief, or on a belief in any definite alternative. It is just a belief that the available scientific evidence, in spite of the consensus of scientific opinion, does not in this matter rationally require us to subordinate the incredulity of common sense. That is especially true with regard to the origin of life. #Quote by Thomas Nagel
Skepticism quotes by Carl Sagan
#199. Nevertheless, (Jefferson) believed that the habit of skepticism is an essential prerequisite for responsible citizenship. He argued that the cost of education is trivial compared to the cost of ignorance, of leaving government to the wolves. He taught that the country is safe only when the people rule. #Quote by Carl Sagan
Skepticism quotes by Jarod Kintz
#200. I am the kangaroo of love. Do you question it? You can take your skepticism and stuff it straight down my pouch. #Quote by Jarod Kintz

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