Sunday, June 10, 2012

Quotes on Skepticism and Certainty

Doubt requires more courage than conviction does, and more energy; because conviction is a resting place and doubt is infinite – it is a passionate exercise. You may come out of my play uncertain. You may want to be sure. Look down on that feeling. We’ve got to learn to live with a full measure of uncertainty. There is no last word. That’s the silence under the chatter of our time.
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

There lives more faith in honest doubt, Believe me, than in half the creeds.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Isn't it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity...
Vaclav Havel

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
Andre Gide

Thoughts are free and subject to no rule. On them rests the freedom of man, and they tower above the light of nature... create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy from which new arts flow.

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