Quotes: certainty

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  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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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.
  • Erich Fromm
    Erich Fromm
    German - American philosopher and psychologist 1900-1980
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    The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
  • A ''just war'' is hospitable to every self-deception on the part of those waging it, none more than the certainty of virtue, under whose shelter every abomination can be committed with a clear conscience.
  • Joseph Rudyard Kipling
    Joseph Rudyard Kipling
    English writer 1865-1936
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    A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
  • Adam Smith
    Adam Smith
    Scottish Economist 1723-1790
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    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.
  • Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
    Source: On War (1832)
  • Bridget Riley
    Bridget Riley
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    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.
    Source: Bridget Riley: dialogues on art
  • Audiences aren't going to get rid of me. One thing I can say, with absolute certainty, is that my shows will still be performed when I'm dead, buried and forgotten. They're going to absolutely outlive me, which is a wonderful thing to think about.
  • Georges Bataille
    Georges Bataille
    French Novelist, Critic 1897-1962
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    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.
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand Russell
    English philosopher and mathematician 1872-1970
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    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.
    Source: Unpopular Essays
  • Thomas Szasz
    Thomas Szasz
    American psychiatrist 1920-
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    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.
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    American short story writer 1804-1864
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    From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
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    He is no wise man who will quit a certainty for an uncertainty.
  • Vaclav Havel
    Vaclav Havel
    Czech statesman, writer and former dissident 1936-2011
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    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.
  • Lord George Byron
    Lord George Byron
    English poet 1788-1824
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    If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
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