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Skepticism Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Skepticism

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

Man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense
of what not to believe.
- Euripides

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Maintain a balance between skepticism and faith.
Maintain a beginner mind. Be open to possibility.
Don't give in to skepticism,
but don't give in to fantasy either.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.
- Denis Diderot

 

Education has failed in a very serious way to convey
the most important lesson science can teach:
skepticism.
- David Suzuki

Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.
- John Dewey

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

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There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism.
It would be an offense against polite conventions to
press our doubts too far.
- George Santayana

The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism,
pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense.
- George Berkeley

I'd say there was a fair amount of skepticism at the
time about whether the Internet held any promise.
And of course I felt that it did.
- Jim Clark

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

The logic of validation allows us to move between the
two limits of dogmatism and skepticism.
- Paul Ricoeur

I'm the most cynical person, and I know what that sounds like when you say,
I don't drink and drive, and I don't.
But I know people look at that with skepticism,
and I understand.
- Tracey Gold

The most striking development of the great depression
of 1929 is a profound skepticism of the future of contemporary
society among large sections of the American people.
- C. L. R. James

Large skepticism leads to large understanding.
Small skepticism leads to small understanding.
No skepticism leads to no understanding.
- Xi Zhi

The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism
is essential to democracy.
- Mary Catherine Bateson

Skepticism is an important historical tool.
It is the starting point of all revision of hitherto accepted history.
- Samuel E. Morison

Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls.
- Emile M. Cioran

On the road from the City of Skepticism,
I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.
- Adam Smith

The natural cause of the human mind
is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
- Thomas Jefferson

My position now, especially in this town,
adds an element of skepticism with people you meet -
especially girls.
I mean, it becomes a lot more difficult.
- Jason Biggs

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.
- Arthur Levitt

The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
- George Jean Nathan

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought.
- Walter Gilbert

Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
- George Santayana

The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses
to acknowledge authority,
as such.
For him, skepticism is the highest of duties;
blind faith the one unpardonable sin.
- Thomas Huxley

People have moved beyond apathy, beyond skepticism into deep cynicism.
- Elliot Richardson

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

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

We all approached doing a sequel with great trepidation and skepticism.
- Jason Biggs

Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.
- Louis Pasteur

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

Its attitude, which it has preached and practiced,
is skepticism.
Now, it finds, the public is applying that skepticism to the press.
- Thomas Griffith

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

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?
- Robert MacNeil

I've encountered a lot of people who sound like critics
but very few who have substantive criticisms.
There is a lot of skepticism, but it seems to be more
a matter of inertia than it is of people having some
real reason for thinking something else.
- K. Eric Drexler

Where journalists have gotten themselves in trouble
over the last few decades is that their skepticism
often extends only to American officials,
the U.S.
military and Republican politicians.
- Linda Chavez

Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life
what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth:
namely,
a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good.
- Daniel P. Moynihan

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.
- Dixie Lee Ray

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Anxiety is love's greatest killer.
It makes one feel as you might
when a drowning man holds unto you.
You want to save him, but you know
he will strangle you with his panic.
- Anais Nin

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Show me a man who knows his own heart
and to him I shall belong.
- Jewel

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl
is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
- Albert Einstein

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty;
it is its own reward.
Everything else is in God's hands.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Interdependence is and ought to be
as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency.
Man is a social being.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We can never replace a friend.
When a man is fortunate enough to have several,
he finds they are all different.
No one has a double in friendship.
- Johann Schiller

Man must evolve for all human conflict,
a method which rejects
revenge, aggression and retaliation.
The foundation of such a method is love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Of course I am afraid. What sane man is not?
- Luciano Pavarotti

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
- Anatole France

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations
comes nearest to perfection.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval -
a thing which, to the general run of the human race,
is more dreaded than wolves and death.
- Mark Twain

The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?
- Henry David Thoreau

I don't like that man.
I must get to know him better.
- Abraham Lincoln

If a man is proud of his wealth,
he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
- Socrates

All religions must be tolerated...
for every man must get to heaven in his own way.
- Epictetus

Revenge... is like a rolling stone,
which, when a man hath forced up a hill,
will return upon him with a greater violence,
and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.
- Albert Schweitzer

The man who can't dance thinks the band is no good.
- Polish Proverb

The man of genius inspires us with
a boundless confidence in our own powers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hate the giving of the hand
unless the whole man accompanies it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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