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Certainty Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Certainty

Please enjoy these Certainty Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

CALM IN CHAOS
In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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The third certainty of life, after death and taxes,
is that nothing will work out the way you want.
Life is fully as bad as you think it is.
Choose to live joyfully anyway.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There is no certainty; there is only adventure.
- Roberto Assagioli

 

How is it that one rails against that
which is nearly a certainty?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When prayer removes distrust and doubt
and enters the field of mental certainty,
it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
- Ernest Holmes

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
- Voltaire

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It is nearly a certainty that some
of your expectations will not be met today -
choose Joy anyway.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Adventure upon all the tickets in the lottery,
and you lose for certain; and the greater the number
of your tickets the nearer your approach to this certainty.
- Adam Smith

It has become a certainty now that if you will only
advertise sufficiently you may make a fortune by selling anything.
- Anthony Trollope

When we deal with questions relating to principles
of law and their applications,
we do not suddenly rise into a stratosphere of icy certainty.
- Charles Evans Hughes

A liberal knows that the only certainty in this life
is change but believes that the change can be directed
toward a constructive end.
- Henry A. Wallace

When the human mind exists in the light of reason and no more than reason,
we may say with absolute certainty that Man and all
that made him will be in that instant gone.
- Loren Eiseley

To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting.
- Stanislaus I

Certainty is the mother of quiet and repose,
and uncertainty the cause of variance and contentions.
- Edward Coke

The minute one utters a certainty, the opposite comes to mind.
- May Sarton

I am certain there is too much certainty in the world.
- Michael Crichton

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.
- George Eliot

For those with ambition, reality is more of a creation
than an unalterable certainty.
- Lori Guinn

Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled;
not for its own sake,
but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.
- Tom Stoppard

Inquiry is fatal to certainty.
- Will Durant

Could we have prevented in 100% certainty? I don't
think anything is that certain.
However, we would have had a very, very good chance for preventing it.
- Sibel Edmonds

Mystery is gone to the certainty of technological principles.
So the real terror, the real aggression against life
comes in the form of the pursuit of our technological happiness.
- Godfrey Reggio

I'm a scientist, not a theologian.
I don't know if there is a God or not.
Religion requires certainty.
- James Lovelock

Sooner or later you must move down an unknown road
that leads beyond the range of the imagination,
and the only certainty is that the trip has to be made.
- Bruce Catton

We can say with certainty - or 90% probability -
that the new industries that are about to be born will
have nothing to do with information.
- Peter Drucker

But teleological considerations can lead no further
than to a belief and a hope.
They do not give certainty.
- Christian Lous Lange

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house
with the conscious design of doing me good,
I should run for my life.
- Henry David Thoreau

We often call a certainty a hope, to bring it luck.
- Elizabeth Bibesco

When I tested for Billy Budd, I had that kind of confidence
that comes with the certainty that you're not going to get something.
I was very rough around the edges.
- Terence Stamp

A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
- Rudyard Kipling

In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain.
- Pliny the Elder

Only a very bad theologian would confuse the certainty
that follows revelation with the truths that are revealed.
They are entirely different things.
- Denis Diderot

I have moved from certainty to doubt,
from devotion to rebellion.
- Phil Donahue

The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man,
but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.
- Bertrand Russell

If a man fights his way through his doubts to the conviction
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
he has attained to a certainty that the man who unthinkingly
accepts things can never reach.
- William Barclay

We regard it as a certainty that the earth,
enclosed between poles, is bounded by a spherical surface.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

We have to be mindful that there is the certainty that
terrorists will attempt to launch multiple attacks against their enemy,
which is us and our allies.
- Cofer Black

The areas of consensus shift unbelievably fast;
the bubbles of certainty are constantly exploding.
- Rem Koolhaas

One must verify or expel his doubts,
and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO.
- Thomas Carlyle

The unique and supreme voluptuousness of love lies
in the certainty of committing evil.
And men and women know from birth that in evil is found all sensual delight.
- Charles Baudelaire

As a painter today you have to work without that essential platform.
But if one does not deceive oneself and accepts this lack of certainty,
other things may come into play.
- Bridget Riley

From principles is derived probability,
but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
- Tom Stoppard

If we must not act save on a certainty,
we ought not to act on religion, for it is not certain.
But how many things we do on an uncertainty,
sea voyages, battles!
- Blaise Pascal

I really think that living is the process of going
from complete certainty to complete ignorance.
- Richard Dreyfuss

I never imagined it wouldn't work out for me.
I had that absolute certainty in myself that has seen me through,
I think, and my parents were absolutely behind me all the way.
- Ewan McGregor

I think that feeling that if one believed absolutely in any cause,
then one must have the confidence, the self-certainty,
to go through with that particular course of action.
- Wole Soyinka

And, for an instant, she stared directly into those soft blue eyes and knew,
with an instinctive mammalian certainty,
that the exceedingly rich were no longer even remotely human.
- William Gibson

And for mathematical science, he that doubts their
certainty hath need of a dose of hellebore.
- Joseph Glanvill

If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one;
and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
- George Byron

Science has proof without any certainty.
Creationists have certainty without any proof.
- Ashley Montagu

It is far better to foresee even without certainty
than not to foresee at all.
- Henri Poincare

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning.
Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
- Erich Fromm

Whether gods exist or not, there is no way to get absolute certainty about ethics.
Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can.
- Richard Stallman

Psychologists have set about describing the true nature
of women with a certainty and a sense of their own
infallibility rarely found in the secular world.
- Naomi Weisstein

For my part I know nothing with any certainty,
but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
- Vincent Van Gogh

You can safely appeal to the United Nations in the
comfortable certainty that it will let you down.
- Conor Cruise O'Brien

Certitude is not the test of certainty.
We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

To teach how to live without certainty and yet without
being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy,
in our age, can do for those who study it.
- Bertrand Russell

It is only of life on Earth, however,
that one can speak with any certainty.
It seems to me that all life on Earth,
the sum total of life upon the Earth,
has purpose.
- Clifford D. Simak

Spending a weekend with Hitler would have been boring in the extreme,
although you would have had a greater certainty in coming back alive.
- Alan Bullock

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn
out well but the certainty that something makes sense,
regardless of how it turns out.
- Vaclav Havel

To counter the avoidance of intellectual challenge and responsibility,
we must reduce the domination of certainty in education.
- William Glasser

A bird in hand is a certainty.
But a bird in the bush may sing.
- Bret Harte

Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty,
our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

The American people want us to stop spending.
And so let's just give them some certainty.
Let's extend the tax - the existing tax cuts.
And then let's give some more tax breaks to small businesses and large.
And then maybe the American people will have some confidence.
- John McCain

The Resistance is a moral certainty,
not a poetic one.
The true poet never uses words in order to punish someone.
His judgment belongs to a creative order;
it is not formulated as a prophetic scripture.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

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.
- Bertrand Russell

Fundamentalists are panicked by the apparent disintegration of the family,
the disappearance of certainty and the decay of morality.
Fear leads them to ask, if we cannot trust the Bible,
what can we trust?
- Garrett Hardin

For any culture which is primarily concerned with meaning,
the study of death - the only certainty that life holds for us -
must be central,
for an understanding of death is the key to liberation in life.
- Stanislav Grof

That though we are certain of many things,
yet that Certainty is no absolute Infallibility,
there still remains the possibility of our being mistaken
in all matters of humane Belief and Inquiry.
- Joseph Glanvill


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