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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
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
Vincent Van Gogh
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
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.
Moral certainty, clear standards, and a commitment to spiritual ideals will set you apart in a world that searches for meaning.
A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.
One must verify or expel his doubts, and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO.
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.
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.
Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
Karl Von Clausewitz
No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.
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!
When prayer removes distrust and doubt and enters the field of mental certainty, it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis. The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things; the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them. In short, the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions.
From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
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.
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.
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.
Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
Inquiry is fatal to certainty.
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
If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
The only certainty is that nothing is certain.
Pliny the Elder
I'm not resigned, but I'm realistic too. The statistics in my case are very poor. Not many people come through esophageal cancer and live to talk about it, or not for long. And the other wager is, the part of the wager, it's a certainty you'll have a terrible time and you may wish you were dying because it's an awful process.
Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Only a very bad theologian would confuse the certainty that follows revelation with the truths that are revealed. They are entirely different things.
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