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I encourage active skepticism - when people are being skeptical because they're trying to identify the best course of action. They're trying to identify the next step for themselves or other people.
As a conservative, I maintain a healthy skepticism of the theory of man-made global warming. I also believe that more people enjoying the fruits of modernity and economic development is a good thing - as long as those people arrived legally and obey the law.
We should distinguish carefully skepticism about Big Government from contempt for all government.
It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better.
Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls.
Emile M. Cioran
In the United States, the Supreme Court's decision of 1954, outlawing segregation in school systems, was greeted with mixed feelings of hope and skepticism by African-Americans.
John Henrik Clarke
The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism, pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense.
I have a lot of skepticism about marriage and monogamy.
The catchword I use with my classes is: The authority of the writer always overcomes the skepticism of the reader.
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.
I definitely was attracted to similar things in punk and science. They both depend on a healthy dose of skepticism.
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
Skepticism, riddling the faith of yesterday, prepared the way for the faith of tomorrow.
There are good intentions behind many people's conversion to veganism, including an admirable devotion to the well-being of animals and a justified skepticism about the crap the USDA allows manufacturers to put in our food. But it's hard to ignore the often sanctimonious nature of what some nutritionists view as an 'extremist' way of eating.
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
The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism is essential to democracy.
Mary Catherine Bateson
Doing a movie about Steve Jobs is just generally a provocative thing to do, whoever does it, and it begs a lot of questioning and skepticism only in that, what is this going to be? What am I going to be looking at? And curiosity as well. I think that's all positive in any film, because you want people to be curious about it.
Joshua Michael Stern
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.
There needs to be a place in the church or just outside - there needs to be a place where people feel free to ask questions without being put upon, where they feel free to ask difficult, challenging questions to voice their skepticism.
D. A. Carson
Skepticism is an important historical tool. It is the starting point of all revision of hitherto accepted history.
Samuel E. Morison
The strongest continuous thread in America's political tradition is skepticism about government.
Skepticism is not a position that you stake out ahead of time and stick to no matter what.
A majority of Americans support Social Security and Medicare, a progressive tax system and a government that regulates business in the public interest, but most share deep skepticism about the government's ability to do all this well.
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
I don't think there was enough skepticism because I think most of us kind of believed that Saddam Hussein was building biological, chemical, and perhaps even, nuclear weapons.
With so many contradictory renditions of the biblical text, the public has lost confidence that we can actually know what the Bible says. It is an easy step from this skepticism to an indifference about what the Bible says.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A. A. Milne
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